Vatican II Panel Discussion

WHAT: Vatican II Panel Discussion

WHEN: March 19, 7 p.m.

WHERE: McGlinn Conference Center

A panel of people who entered adulthood during and immediately after the years of the Vatican II Council will present their personal stories. The Council opened opportunities and the call for lay ministry in the Church, and the panel members will explain the impact of the changes this meant in each of their lives.


Fr. André Cirino, O.F.M. will share comments about the impact of the Council through the lens of Blessed John XXIII.

Dr. Jerry Vigna, Alvernia University professor ­will share comments about the impact of the Council with respect to becoming a theologian.

Dr. Rod Howsare, DeSales University professor of theology ­will share the impact of the Council on his career as teacher.

Sr. Roberta McKelvie, OSF, Ph.D, Alvernia University, will share the impact of the Council on the formation of women religious immediately after the Council.

Start Date: 3/19/2014 7:00 pm
End Date: 3/19/2014 9:00 pm
Location: McGlinn Conference Center
Price: Free and Open to the Public
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