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Vatican II:
Celebrating 50 years

Marquette University Events

Updated November 15, 2013

Over the course of our celebration, various departments and offices on campus are sponsoring events related to the Second Vatican Council. Check this page regularly for updates.

Past Events

Candlelight Procession and Mass

On the night of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, an estimated half million youth made pilgrimage to the Vatican in candlelit procession. Pope John XXII gave a spontaneous speech, the discourse of the moon, from his apartment window. On October 11, we gathered for a candlelit procession and Mass to officially begin our celebration of 50 years of Vatican II.

Rev. Francis Wade, S.J. Public Lecture

Reverend Thomas Michel, S.J., the Fall 2012 Chair holder, delivered the Rev. Francis Wade, S.J., Public Lecture on Wednesday, September 19, in the Beaumier Suites of Raynor Libraries. His talk, entitled “A Catholic Priest Among Muslims: What I Have Learned”, may be viewed here.

Religious Pluralism & the Catholic Church (Reading Group)

Manresa for Faculty sponsored a short-term reading and discussiongroup around the topic of religious pluralism in the Beumier Suites of the Raynor Library. Three Vatican II documents were read:

The Declaration on Religious Freedom (9/27) - Suite A
The Decree on Ecumenism (10/4) - Suite C
The Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christians (10/11) - Suite A

Working Together against Violence:
The Contribution of Religious Communities to Social Harmony

On November 27, religious leaders from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh communities from the Milwaukee-Madison area addressed the challenges faced in their communities and identified ways to increase mutual cooperation. Panel was moderated by Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Michel, S.J., the Wade Chair in Theology.

Faber Center: Growing in Love and Wisdom: Adapting Buddhist Meditation for Christian Prayer

In celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II, Susan Stabile’s life and work in an interfaith context brings forth the fruitful exchange that Nostra Aetate anticipated. Raised Catholic, she practiced Buddhism for 20-years as an ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun, then returned to Catholicism and was trained to be a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition. Susan shared aspects of her own spiritual journey, exploring how Buddhist practices can enhance Christian meditation, and offered a guided meditation based on her book, Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation.

Renewing the Liturgy, Revitalizing the Church: The Vatican II Reforms at 50

John Baldovin, S.J., who worked with the International Commission on English in the Liturgy from 1994-2002 and is president of the International Jungmann Society for Jesuits and the Liturgy, spoke on the Liturgy and Vatican II on Wednesday November 13. To read more about his talk, click here.


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