On Oct. 11, 50 years to the day of the opening session of the Second Vatican Council, the Department of Theology and the School of Ministry will present the first of two events held in honor of Vatican II. Mark Goodwin, chair of theology and interim dean of the School of Ministry (SOM), will moderate an opening discussion with Abbot Denis Farkasfalvy, O. Cist. (pictured at right), who is a current member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and Fr. Roch Kereszty, O.Cist (pictured at left).
Fr. Kereszty and Fr. Farkasfalvy were young priests in Rome at the time and were able to attend the first session of the Second Vatican Council. Both will speak from their deep experience and memory of the conciliar times about the need for the Council and what the Council was meant to accomplish. Opened under Pope John XXIII and concluded five years later under Pope Paul VI, Vatican II sought to recover and renew the foundational sources of Catholic tradition in a variety of areas, including liturgy, revelation and the Church.
Then, on Thursday, Oct. 18, three UD theological thinkers—Msgr. Michael Olson, rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, Marti Jewell, assistant professor of theology in the SOM, and Ron Rombs, associate professor of theology—will explore the on-going significance of the Council as part of a panel discussion moderated by John Norris, associate professor of theology. Both events will be held in the Art History Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m.