Saint Joseph’s & visiting scholars lead symposium on Vatican II

On Wednesday, October 23, Saint Joseph’s College will hold the first symposium of its three-year series, Vatican II: 50 Years Later, to commemorate what’s commonly considered the most important religious event for the Catholic Church since the Reformation.

The Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, was held from 1962 through 1965 at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. It was attended by more than 2,000 bishops in addition to 450 theological experts and many non-Catholic observers and lay Catholics. The yearly meetings discussed the Church itself and its relationship with the modern world and other religions.

The all-day symposium brings experts from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland together with Saint Joseph’s and visiting scholars to lead a comprehensive discussion on Vatican II. Topics and presenters include:

—Blessed John XXIII and the Origins of Vatican II, by Rev. Msgr. Charles Murphy

—The 20th-Century Liturgical Movement, by Fr. Marc Caron

—Apostolic Activity of the Laity, by Dr. Patricia Ireland

—The American Church in 1960 on the Eve of Vatican II, by Dr. Jeffrey Marlett

—The Church as Sacrament of Union and Unity, by Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, RSM

—The Two-Edged Sword: Scripture at Vatican II, by Dr. Pamela Hedrick

—Revelation: The Crisis of Session I, by Dr. Daniel Sheridan

The symposium, held in the Viola George Auditorium in Saint Joseph’s Harold Alfond Hall, begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Additionally, continuing education units are available for attendees. For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Ireland, director of Saint Joseph’s College Online’s theology program, at 207-893-7997 or

October 7, 2013
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 ·