College celebrates Vatican II with symposium

It’s been 50 years since the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), called by Blessed Pope John XXIII. The most important religious event since the Reformation, Vatican II shaped the Catholic Church and the entire Christian world. In its honor, Saint Joseph’s College is holding a symposium, Vatican II: After 50 Years, to take a historical look at Vatican II and its effects.

On Feb. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dr. Daniel Sheridan, Dr. Patricia Ireland, Msgr. Charles Murphy and College chaplain Fr. John McHugh will lead discussions on select topics of Vatican II.

– Overview of Vatican II, by Dr. Daniel Sheridan
– Vatican II and a Growing Faith, by Fr. John McHugh, OFM Cap.
– Benedict XVI and the Continuity of Vatican II, by Dr. Patricia Ireland
– Vatican II and Gaudium et Spes, by Msgr. Charles Murphy
– “There Arose a Sharp Contention”: Partnerships and Partings, by Dr. Daniel Sheridan

Afterward, the presenters will be available for Q & A.

A series of committee meetings and discussions at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, attended by more than two thousand bishops of the Catholic Church, Vatican II met from 1962 to 1965. The Council began under the pontificate of Pope John XXIII and concluded under Pope Paul VI. 

Vatican II: After 50 Years, free and open to the public, takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Viola George Auditorium in Harold Alfond Hall at Saint Joseph’s Standish campus. Light refreshments will be available, as well. For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Sheridan at 207-893-7950.

January 28, 2013
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 · dsvenson@sjcme.edu