Past Colloquia

The Spirit of Vatican II: Then and Now

A Colloquium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council

 September 20, 2012

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church. The decisions made and documents approved over the four years of Vatican II profoundly altered the Roman Catholic Church, making it the most significant church event of the 20th century.

For those living after the Council, Roman Catholic life and thought changed dramatically, from the language and structure of the Sunday liturgy, to greater attention on Scripture, from increased lay involvement in the Church, to a new understanding of the Church itself.

To note the 50th anniversary, Loyola University Chicago’s Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage will present a day-long colloquium where prominent scholars will present and discuss the living legacy of Vatican II, addressing topics such as ecclesiology, women in the Church, Scripture, and current Council historiography.

Session One

9:00 a.m. Colloquium Welcome
                Moderator: Dr. Tisha Rajendra, Loyola University Chicago

9:10 a.m. Introduction to Rev. Joseph Komonchak, S.T.L., Ph.D. 
Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America

9:15 a.m. Dr. Joseph Komonchak Presentation:
Two Witnesses of the Council: the Diaries of Yves Congar and Henri de Lubac

9:55 a.m. Response by Dr. Jon Nilson, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago
10:10 a.m. Floor Discussion

10:25 a.m. Break
                  Moderator: Dr. Colby H. Dickinson, Loyola University Chicago

10:30 a.m. Introduction to Dr. Susan Ross, Chair of Theology Department, Loyola University Chicago

10:35 a.m. Dr. Susan Ross Presentation:
Joys and Hopes, Griefs and Anxieties: Catholic Women Since Vatican II

11:20 a.m. Response by  Dr. LaReine-Marie Mosely, SND,  Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago  

11:35 a.m. Floor Discussion

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

Session Two

1:15 p.m. Moderator: Dr. Bret Lewis
                Introduction to Rev. Jared Wicks, S.J., scholar-in-residence at the Josephinum Seminary
1:20 p.m.
Dr. Jared Wicks, S.J. Presentation:
Bea’s Unity Secretariat: Engine of Renewal at Vatican II

2:00 p.m. Response by Rev. Peter Bernardi, S.J., Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

2:15 p.m. Floor Discussion

2:30 p.m. Break

2:35 p.m. Moderator: Dr. Michael Murphy, Loyola University Chicago
                Introduction to Dr. Pauline Viviano, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

2:40 p.m. Dr. Pauline Viviano Presentation:
Is There “Nothing New Under the Sun?”: Biblical Interpretation in Post-Vatican II Church

3:25 p.m. Response by Dr. Robert A. Di Vito, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

3:40 p.m. Floor Discussion

4:00 p.m. Open Roundtable Discussion with Presenters

5:15 p.m. Mass at Madonna della Strada Chapel, Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago


Spring Irish Festival: Celtic Sites and Sounds

March 16, 2010

Celtic Sites: 10:00am “Messages and Missions: Communication Among Celtic Churches” Dr. Benjamin Hudson, Professor of History and Medieval Studies, Pennsylvania State University. Respondents: Dr. Jennifer Ash and Dr. Allen Frantzen, Department of English, Loyola University Chicago.

Celtic Sounds: 1:00pm “The Music of What Happens: The Irish Harp in Myth and Neuroscience” Fr. Richard Woods, O.P. Lund-Gill Chair, Professor of Theology, Dominican University Irish Harp Performance: 2:00pm - Aislinn Gagliardi

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Women of the Word:
A Colloquium of Catholic Women Poets

November 12, 2009

Presented by The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage assistance from: The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Loyola University Chicago.


9:15-9:30 am Welcome
9:30-10:00 am Reading by Carolyn Alessio
10:15-10:45 am Reading by Linda Nemec Foster
11:00-11:30 am Reading by Angela Alaimo O’Donnell
11:45-12:15 pm Reading by Stella Ann Nesanovich
1:30-2:00 pm “Catholic and Female: A Poetic of Our Own”
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell
2:00-4:00 pm “Faith and the Poet’s Craft:
Four Womens' Perspectives.” Discussion with Carolyn Alessio,
Linda Nemec Foster, Angela O’Donnell, Stella Ann Nesanovich
4:00-5:30 pm Reception

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Is Belief in God Irrational?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A colloquium in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Chicago, Department of Peace and Justice. Opening remarks by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago. Presentations by and discussion with Rev. Edward T. Oakes, S.J. (University of St. Mary of the Lake), Prof. Inamul Haq (Elmhurst College), Frederick Aquino (Assistant Professor, Abilene Christian University), Kenneth Seeskin (Professor, Northwestern University).  

Jesuits and Science

September 18, 2008

12:45 PM Opening Remarks
1:00  PM The Kerala School, Jesuits, and Calculus
Dr. George Gheverghese Joseph, University of Manchester
2:30 PM The Jesuit as a Scientist
Dr. Mordechai Feingold, California Institute of Technology
4:00 PM Panel Responses
Dr. Florence Hsia, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Dr. Eli Maor, Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Paul Mueller, S.J., Loyola University Chicago

Human Sexuality:  A Dialogue Across Discipline

September 27 & 28, 2007

1st Interdisciplinary Panel – 9/27
Dr. Patti Jung, Dr. Robert DiVito, Dr. Fred Kniss, Dr. John McCarthy, Dr. Paul Mueller, Dr. David Ozar
McCormick Lounge – 1:00 pm–3:30 pm

1st Keynote Address – 9/27
Evolutionary Biology and Human Sexuality
Dr. Joan Roughgarden, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Stanford University
Crown Center Auditorium – 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

2nd Keynote Address – 9/27
Human Sexuality, Catholic Intellectual Heritage, and Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Dr. Stephen Pope, Dept. of Theology, Boston College
Crown Center Auditorium – 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

2nd Interdisciplinary Panel – 9/28
Dr. Anna Vigen, Dr. Frank Catania, Dr. Pamela Caughie, Dr. Anne Figert, Dr. Terry Grande, Dr. Jon Nilson, Dr. Susan Ross
McCormick Lounge – 9:00 am-11:30 am