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Vatican II: Recalling Our Past, Looking To Our Future

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council

Vatican II: Recalling Our Past, Looking To Our Future
October 11, 2012 marked the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

In celebration of this significant anniversary, the theological faculties of the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University present: Vatican II: Recalling Our Past, Looking to Our Future.


Events planned for the next two years will provide opportunities to learn more about this important Council and celebrate the significance of its work for the life of the Church today.


Check back soon for more information about the upcoming 2014-2015 lecture series. For information about 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 lectures, please read below.

Public Lecture Series

The academic year 2013-2014 brought with it a fresh lecture series to celebrate Vatican II. First semester featured John Baldovin, S.J., speaking on Vatican II and the Renewal of Liturgy and Thomas Cattoi and Marianne Farina exploring Vatican II and Interreligious Dialogue. The second semester opened with a panel presentation which explored how the Council was received in various parts of the world, and the remainder of the semester included lectures by Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M. (Vatican II and the Renewal of Religious Life) and Jerome Baggett, Ph.D. (Vatican II and Its Ensuing Dilemmas for American Catholics Today).

In the academic year 2012-2013, the commemoration began with a year-long series of public lectures by invited speakers from across the United States. Fr. Joseph Komonchak, Ph.D., delivered the keynote, Interpreting Vatican II. Mary Ann Donovan, S.C., Ph.D. and Arthur Holder, Ph.D. explored Ecumenism. T. Howland Sanks, S.J., Ph.D. discussed Collegiality and Synodal Governance. Each lecture invited listeners to consider the implications of Vatican II for the Church today.

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