Historian Rev. John OMalley to Deliver Landregan Lecture on Vatican II Impact
Rev. John W. O'Malley, S.J., professor, lecturer and world-renowned author, will deliver
the University of Dallas School of Ministry's 16th annual Landregan Lecture on "Vatican
II: The Crisis, The Resolution, The Impact." The event, which will be held Saturday,
Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lynch Auditorium at the University of Dallas, is free and
open to the public.
"Fr. O'Malley is a well-known scholar, author and historian," said School of Ministry
Dean Theodore Whapham. "His historical treatments of the Jesuits and the Second Vatican
Council are outstanding and widely respected. We are delighted to welcome him to campus."
O'Malley is university professor in Georgetown University's Theology Department in
Washington, D.C. A native of Ohio, he is a specialist in the religious culture of
early modern Europe, especially Italy, and he earned his doctorate in history from
Harvard University. He is past president of the American Catholic Historical Association
and of the Renaissance Society of America. O'Malley's best known book is "The First
Jesuits." Translated into 12 languages, it received both the Jacques Barzun Prize
for Cultural History from the American Philosophical Society and the Philip Schaff
Prize from the American Society for Church History.
O'Malley's book, "What Happened at Vatican II," which has been published in six languages,
will be the backdrop for the lecture. He will discuss how Vatican II met to deal with
possibly the greatest crisis in the history of Christianity, the solution the council
provided and the immense impact that solution has had on the Church ever since.
The Landregan Lecture brings to the University of Dallas campus nationally prominent
figures, whose areas of expertise reflect the many interests that have animated University
of Dallas alumnus Steven T. Landregan throughout his distinguished, and continuing,
career of service to the Catholic Church in North Texas. Previous speakers of the
Landregan Lecture have included Rev. James Martin, S.J., Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.,
Miguel Diaz, Ph.D., John Allen, Rev. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J., Archbishop Michael
Sheehan and Rev. Robert Barron.
At the beginning of the lecture, the University of Dallas School of Ministry will
announce and honor their 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winners for their exemplary
service to the local church in general, the work of faith formation in particular
and the larger community, especially the poor and needy.
For more information on the lecture, visit udallas.edu/landregan.