The Center for Ministry and Spirituality at the College of Saint Elizabeth celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council with a pastoral conference day entitled Reclaiming and Celebrating Vatican II With a New Generation, on October 13, 2012, in Annunciation Center, on the CSE campus, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J. The $35 registration fee includes the keynote address and the choice of one of three breakout sessions. For more information or to register, click www.cse.edu/VaticanII.
Event Brings Together Leading Scholars and Theologians
Rev. Richard Fragomeni will give the keynote address, Dear Next Generation:” Love letters from Vatican II – Here’s What We Hope You Never Forget …, which passes on with great affection the power and the spirit of Vatican II from generation to generation.
Fr. Fragomeni is a professor of liturgy and homiletics and chair of the department of word and worship at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is a priest of the Diocese of Albany, New York. His current focus is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace.
The three breakout sessions follow the keynote. Dr. Thomas Beaudoin will lead The Challenge of Retaining Active Catholics: ‘Deconversion’ Among Younger and Older Adults Today. Deconversion is the process of leaving a faith tradition, and it is a new field of theological study. Dr. Beaudoin will lead a discussion of what deconversion means for Catholic ministry and theology today. He is an associate professor of theology in the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University in New York where he teaches courses in practice-based theologies.
Rita Ferrone, an independent scholar who writes and teaches about liturgy in Roman Catholic tradition, presents Engaging the Spirituality of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. In her session, she looks at the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy through the lens of spirituality, opening up a vigorous perspective on prayer, celebration, proclaiming the Christian message and living the Christian mission. She holds a masters in divinity from Yale University and is the author of Liturgy: Sacrosanctum, Concilium, Rediscovering Vatican II.
The title of Dr. Philip Cunningham’s session is The Gift of Vatican II – How Catholics Relate to Other Christians and Other Religions, which will highlight the past 50 years of Catholic-Jewish relations as an illustration of the new climate of interreligious amity that is the gift of Vatican II for the church and the world. It will conclude by asking what we can do as individuals and communities to promote mutual understanding, mutual enrichment, and collaborative action among people from diverse religious traditions. Dr. Cunningham is the director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph University in Philadelphia and vice president of the International Council of Christians and Jews.
The Spanish keynote and track, Retomando y Celebrando el Concilio Vaticano II con un Nueva Generación, is led by Dr. Hosffman Ospino, assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College.