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Vatican II 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues at Creighton University

Creighton University’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II continues with a second year of events. This year is focused around the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) with a two-day conference titled “Liturgy: Sourcing the Faith that Does Justice,” Nov. 7-8 in the ballroom of the Harper Center on the Creighton Campus.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Sacrosanctum Concilium was the first document produced by the Second Vatican Council in 1963 and is recognized as the most influential document, setting into motion the most far-reaching liturgical reform in Catholic history.

The Rev. Thomas Massaro, S.J., dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara will open the conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday with a talk titled, “The Eucharist and Social Justice: The Legacy of the Second Vatican Council.”

At 3 p.m. the Rev. John Baldovin, S.J., will present “Vatican II’s Liturgy Constitution: Theological and Historical Road to Reform.” Baldovin is a professor of Liturgical Theology at Boston College.

Creighton Theology professor and holder of the Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology, Eileen Burke-Sullivan, S.T.D., will present “ Fire in the Hearth: Celebrating Liturgical Time,” at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.

The final presentation is by Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D., who is recognized as the historical scholar of Vatican II. His presentation at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 is “The Liturgical Reform of Vatican II and the Common Good.”

Also presenting at the conference are three Creighton University students who are the first Reardon-Heaney Student Scholars. The scholarships are funded by the Heaney Chair, with an emphasis on getting more students interested in liturgical scholarship. Students can be undergraduate or graduate students from any field of study.

A full schedule of conference events can found here.

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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