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Lecture Series at Catholic Theological Union Illuminates Groundbreaking History of Second Vatican Council

September 5, 2012

For Immediate Release
Media contact: Nancy Nickel
CTU: 773.371.5415

Lecture Series at Catholic Theological Union Illuminates Groundbreaking History of Second Vatican Council

CHICAGO, [September 5, 2012] The Second Vatican Council is widely heralded as one of the most momentous gatherings in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Honoring the 50th anniversary of the convening of Vatican II by Pope John XXIII in October of 1962, and in celebration of CTU’s own roots in the expansive vision of the Council, a series of 11 lectures exploring Vatican II will begin on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 7-8:15 p.m.

The lectures will be held at CTU’s Academic and Conference Center, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Admission is $15 per lecture or $150 for the series. On-site parking is available.
Lecture organizer, Rev. Stephen Bevans, S.V.D., CTU Professor of Mission and Culture, will give the first lecture in the series. He will set Vatican II within its historical context and offer a brief overview of what happened in the Council’s four sessions from 1962 to 1965. Successive lectures will reflect on issues emerging from the four major Constitutions that the Council produced—documents on the Liturgy, Revelation, the Church, and the Church in the Modern World—and from selected additional documents, such as those on the Laity, Missionary Activity, Priesthood, Religious Life, Non-Christian Religions, and Religious Freedom.

“This Council was quite different from previous Councils in its vibrant outreach to religious, laity, and people of other faiths,” Fr. Bevans said. “Vatican II was an opening of the Church to the modern world; to the joys, hopes, and fears shared by all those who are followers of Christ.” Fr. Bevans said that he feels a fundamental shift took place during the course of the Council, not away from Church teachings but rather toward renewed exploration and commitment to the Bible and traditions of the early Church.
For a full schedule of the Rediscovering Vatican II lecture series, visit Members of the CTU faculty are available for additional commentary on the importance of Vatican II, including President of Catholic Theological Union, Rev. Donald Senior, C.P. To speak with Fr. Senior or other CTU faculty members, please contact CTU’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Nancy Nickel, or 773.371.5415.

About Catholic Theological Union: CTU’s mission is to prepare effective leaders for the Church, ready to witness to Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace. Founded in 1968, CTU has grown into the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States. Its nearly 3,500 lay and religious graduates serve in more than 45 countries worldwide.