2012 Conference

Vatican II: Teaching and Understanding the Council after 50 Years

September 20-22, 2012
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Theology Department
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Topics of sessions in the academic conference included: Ecumenism, Dei verbum, Nostra aetate, Evangelization, Lumen gentium, Moral Theology, Ecclesiology, Vocation, Issues in Contemporary Culture, and The Laity.

“Vatican II: Its Aims and Trajectories”
—Rev. John O’Malley, S.J., Ph.D

University Professor, Georgetown University, is the author of several books on modern Catholicism, including What Happened at Vatican II.  Fr. O’Malley lectures widely to professional and general audiences throughout North America and Europe. He is a renowned historian of the religious culture of early modern Europe and has received a number of accolades for his work, including best-book prizes, fellowships, and honorary degrees.

“Sacrosanctum Concilium and its Reception: A Key to the Interpretation of the Second Vatican Council”
—Rev. Jan Michael Joncas, S.L.D., S.L.L.

Associate Professor of Catholic Studies and Theology, University of St. Thomas, has written and lectured extensively on the history and theology of worship, liturgical music and theological aesthetics.  He is the author of The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Worship and Liturgyand From Sacred Song to Ritual Music: Twentieth-Century Understandings of Roman Catholic Worship Music.


“Memory and Reform: Vatican II Today - Fifty Years Later”
—Sr. Maureen Sullivan, O.P., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology, St. Anselm College, is a scholar and expert on the Second Vatican Council. She is the author of these significant contributions to the scholarship of Vatican II: 101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II and The Road to Vatican II:  Key Changes in Theology.


“Teaching Vatican II in Theological Schools: Implications for Pastoral Ministry”
—Sr. Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., Ph.D.

Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion, University of St. Thomas, is an expert in areas related to Catholic theological education, seminary formation, and the relationship between the Church and American culture.  She is the author of many publications including Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes.


Final Roundtable Discussion