Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies announces fall schedule of free, public events


Image: Fr AllenThe 2012 fall schedule of Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies features talks on intriguing, topical issues and thought-provoking events that promise to lead to dynamic dialogues. A highlight will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Speakers will discuss such topics as being a Catholic today and why priests are happy.

The Center for Catholic Studies offers engaging programming for the community, especially but not exclusively the local Catholic community. Directed by Paul Lakeland, Ph.D., the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies, the Center provides an inter-disciplinary inquiry into the intellectual tradition, history and culture, both "high" and popular, of the Catholic Christian tradition.

With the exception of a weekend retreat at Wisdom House, all events are free and are held on the Fairfield campus. For more information, contact Elyse Raby, administrative coordinator, at (203) 254-4000 ext. 3415 or visit fairfield.edu/cs/index.html.

  • Wisdom House Conference on Exploring Catholic Culture - "Vatican II: An Unexpected Revolution," featuring Maureen Sullivan, OP, Dr. Paul Lakeland, and Most Rev. Peter A. Rosazza. Friday, September 28, 6 p.m.-Saturday, September 29, 3 p.m. Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, Conn. The public is welcome. There is a fee. Registration required; please visit the Wisdom House website for information on costs and registration. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies.
  • The 12th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church - "Conciliar Women: Precedents and Portents," delivered by Francine Cardman, Ph.D., associate professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Boston College. Wednesday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. Quick Center Kelley Theater.
  • Fairfield University's Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council. Various events, including lectures given by Jesuit priests from the Fairfield University community. October 3-10. For details, see http://www.fairfield.edu/cs/cs_vatican.html.
  • "Why Priests Are Happy," a lecture by Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor of Pastoral Studies and associate dean for Seminary and Ministerial Programs, The Catholic University of America. Tuesday, October 9, 4:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room.
  • "Was Vatican II the Last Ecumenical Council?" a lecture by Paul Lakeland, Ph.D., Aloysius P. Kelley Chair in Catholic Studies and director of the Center for Catholic Studies, Fairfield University. Wednesday, October 10, 4:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room.
  • The 19th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion, & Society - "American Catholic Citizenship: 2012," a lecture by Stephen F. Schneck, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America. Thursday, October 25, 8 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room.
  • The 7th Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement: "When Christians were Jews." a lecture by Paula Fredriksen, Ph.D., Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture, Boston University. Monday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room.
  • The 2012 Catholicism and the Arts Lecture - "From Space to Place: the Landscapes of Jesuit Higher Education," a lecture by Rev. Tom Lucas, S.J., professor of Art & Architecture, University of San Francisco. Thursday, November 8, 8 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room.
  • In addition, there are three Living Theology Workshops planned (topics to be announced) scheduled for Saturday, September 22, Saturday, October 27, and Saturday, November 17. Each is from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will take place in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. For directions to the library, please refer to the Fairfield University campus map.                                                  

Image: Rev. Charles Allen, S.J., will moderate a panel discussion October 5th during Fairfield's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on July 11, 2012

Vol. 45, No. 6