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Vatican II 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues with Lecture Series

Creighton University’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II continues with the lecture series “The Constitution of the Church” (Lumen Gentium).

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in the Ahmanson Ballroom of the Mike and Josie Harper Center located at 602 N. 20th St.

The first lecture in the series, “Lumen Gentium: Vatican II's Changed Church” will be presented by Creighton Professor Emeritus, Mike Lawler, Ph.D., Thursday, Jan. 24.

Susan Wood, SCL, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Theology at Marquette University will present “Sacramental Character of the Church,” Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Spokane, Wash., Bishop Blase Cupich will present the “New Way of Understanding the Episcopacy,” Thursday, March 7.

The series will conclude with a presentation by Creighton Theology professor Wendy Wright, Ph.D., on the “Mother, Sister, Queen: Mary and the Second Vatican Council,” Monday, April 22.

A Lumen Gentium Study Guide, containing lectures, reflection, study and discussion questions along with other information will be available for personal or group in-depth study for use during the Lenten season. Free copies will be available upon request by emailing

Another presentation in Creighton’s continuing celebration of Vatican II is the Markoe-DePorres lecture from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Harper Center ballroom. “Pacem in Terris at 50: The Catholic Church and Human Rights in the 21st Century” will be presented by the Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., who holds the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and is director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. 

Vatican II was an ecumenical council held in Vatican City from Oct. 11, 1962, until Dec. 8, 1965. This council represents a major event in the life of the Church of the 20th century, and for this reason it constitutes a fundamental era in universal history. It came to be the conclusion of the Tridentine period and the beginning of a new phase in the history of the Church.

From the fall of 2012 until the fall of 2015 various lectures, convocations, seminars, courses, films and other events will be sponsored focusing on the meaning and impact of the Second Vatican Council. For more information go to

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