Vatican Council II and Ecumenism
A five-part series on the major documents and themes of Vatican Council II
Thursday, March 27th, Lumen Gentium
Featuring Bishop Denis Madden, Chair, U.S. Bishops Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Register here for any or all of the sessions on March 27.
An overview of the day: Many argue that Lumen Gentium, Vatican II's Constitution on the Church, stands as the jewel in the Council's crown. Pope John XXIII convened the twenty-first ecumenical council with the hope that the Catholic Church would engage in "aggiornamento" or updating. Central to his vision was the idea of updating the Church by "reading the signs of the times."
To help celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this critical document Bishop Madden will reflect on Lumen Gentium's significance at the council, the way that it creates important opportunities for dialogue, and Pope Francis' use of key images from this text as he leads the Church into the future.
AGENDA for Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Saint John's University
3:30 pm Intro to Lumen Gentium by Kristin Colberg, PhD, in the Abbey Chapter House (next to the Abbey Church) where coffee, tea and biscotti will be provided to create a likeness to Bar Jonah, The Vatican Coffee Bar where bishops and theologians discussed the documents of the council.
5:00 pm Evening Prayer with the Saint John's Monastic Community in The Abbey Church
5:30 pm Wine and Cheese Social in The Great Hall
6:00 pm Dinner and special presentation in The Great Hall ($10 per person)
7:30 pm Bishop Madden, "Lumen Gentium, Ecumenism & The Pope Francis Factor"
The keynote lecture will be held in the Pellegrene Auditorium adjacent to the Science Center. The Pellegrene Auditorium shares parking with The Abbey Church.
SJU Campus Map (The Science Center and Auditorium are #9 on the map near parking "P4")
L-R John Eidenschink, OSB, Abbot Baldwin Dworschak, OSB,
The Saint John's School of Theology•Seminary series, "Vatican II and Ecumenism," commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of this epic event in the history of The Church.
Sessions are designed to explore the ways in which ecumenism crosscuts all of the conciliar documents while highlighting the significance of the council in the present day and future.
In Pope Francis's recent reflections on the council's spirit and continued implementation; he states: "Vatican II, inspired by Pope Paul VI and John, decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to be open to modern culture. The Council Fathers knew that being open to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers."1
For the past century, Saint John's has maintained a significant theological voice in the American and worldwide church, and for the past half-century, it has embraced the work of the council in a variety of ways including liturgical reform, theological and pastoral renewal, and the work of ecumenism or dialogue with other Christian churches and movements. The fiftieth anniversary of the council thus offers an ideal occasion on which to continue that reflection and engagement with the world from Collegeville.
The Saint John's Vatican Council II and Ecumenism Series features lecture presentations by renowned theologians and church leaders who will unpack the ecumenical and theological significance of the council documents.
Vatican II and Ecumenism Series Topics:
|December 4, 2013: Sacrosanctum Concilium|
|March 26, 2014: Lumen Gentium|
|Spring 2015: Dei Verbum|
|Fall 2015: Gaudium et Spes|
Each event will consist of the following optional sessions:
The Vatican Coffee Bar, "Bar Jonah"
During the sessions of the council, held inside Saint Peter's Basilica, two coffee/espresso bars were constructed to offer refreshments and informal places for conversation among the council fathers, "Bar Jonah" and "Bar Abbas." The conference event will begin in the late afternoon with Bar Jonah events that will introduce general themes from Vatican Council II and specific ideas in the documents featured at that event. Facilitated by faculty members from Saint John's School of Theology-Seminary, Bar Jonah events will include images and accessible remarks that will further prepare listeners for the feature lecture of the day. It will offer extended time for questions and answers. In the spirit of Vatican City, Italy, biscotti and good coffee will be served!
Evening Prayer, The Liturgy of the Hours
Retaining the St. John's commitment to prayer in the monastic tradition, the Vatican Council II and Ecumenism Series offers participants the opportunity to pray as a community. Attendees are invited to join the monastic community in Evening Prayer in the Abbey Church. Doing so will allow participants to enter into the larger spirit of liturgy and prayer which animates Collegeville's commitment to the spirit of Vatican II.
Social Hour & Dinner
Following prayer, participants are invited to join the Saint John's community of faculty, students, alums, and friends in Benedictine hospitality. Good food and good conversation will give attendees opportunities for informal conversations with each other, cultivating a spirit of dialogue and engagement with each other. Registration is request for attending the dinner-social hour.
Keynote Speaker Address
The event will culminate in a keynote address by the day's featured speaker. While the lecture will focus on the particular council document for the event, it will also look to the way in which the document cultivates a spirit of ecumenism as well as dialogue with the other. The keynote address will be live-streamed, offered for viewing on the School of Theology•Seminary website, and published through the Liturgical Press.
Register for Thursday, March 27th
1 Pope Francis, Interview, La Repubblica, September 30, 2013.