April 8, 2013
The Godfrey Diekmann, OSB Center for Patristics and Liturgical Studies was created to honor the life and work of Godfrey Diekmann, OSB (1908-2002), one of the 46 theologians chosen from around the world to prepare the schema on liturgy during Vatican II. A lifetime Minnesota resident, Father Diekmann entered Saint John's Abbey at the age of 17 in 1929. He taught theology at Saint John's University for 65 years before retiring in 1998.
"With his immense scholarship and vision, his ample faith and generous heart, Father Godfrey has put Collegeville on the international map and made Saint John's synonymous with serious study of patristics and liturgy-conducted always in a faith-filled, prayerful and deeply personal way," stated Saint John's President, Br. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB, at the inauguration of the Diekmann Center in March 1997.
The Diekmann Center seeks to deepen contemporary understanding of the early Christian theologians of the first through seventh centuries A.D. Their vision of the Christian life is explored through research and educational endeavors including a public lecture series and seminars for students, scholars and pastoral ministers. The Diekmann Center promotes theological learning that engages both the mind and the heart. The wisdom of the early Christian writers bears witness that the study of theology must be steeped in prayer and reflection within a community of learners.
Past presenters in Diekmann Lecture Series have included:
2007 Robin M. Jensen
2006 Bishop Donald Trautman
2005 Rev. Maxwell Johnson, Ph.D.
2004 Dr. Nathan D. Mitchell
2003 Fr. John Baldovin, SJ
2002 Dr. Gordon Lathrop
2000 Dr. Geoffrey Wainwright; Dr. Eamon Duffy
1999 Fr. Gerard Austin, OP; Fr. Godfrey Diekmann, OSB; Fr. Walter Burghardt, SJ
1998 R. William Franklin; Don Saliers
1997 Frederick McManus; S. Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ; Fr. Andrew Greeley; Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan