Vatican II Anniversary Event Series

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Manhattan College will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. A three-day series of events will highlight the importance of the Council’s reform of the Roman Catholic liturgy which will include the following:

Eucharistic Celebration

Sunday, October 20 | 11 a.m., Chapel of De la Salle and His Brothers

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Eucharist will highlight both the active participation of the faithful and the celebrative character that music and dance add to a contemporary actualization of the Paschal mystery.

Lecture on Vatican II's Liturgical Reform and the Legacy of the Council

Monday, October 21 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Hayden 100

An academic lecture on Vatican II’s liturgical reform and the more recently disputed legacy of the Council to be delivered by Professor Massimo Faggioli of St. Thomas University, author of Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning and True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium.  

Teach-In: “The Past and Future of Vatican II”

Tuesday, October 22 | 3:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. (activity block)

  • Past: Professor John Barry Ryan, who participated in the Council, and Ms. Rita Ferrone, a historian of Vatican II will share their own perspectives on Vatican II as an “event”
  • Future: students who took the Vatican II class will envision what the church of the next 50 years might/should look like

Allied with the Teach-In, Catholic Studies program will make available materials from Vatican II for faculty to introduce, comment on, include in classes in the lead up to/take away from Teach-In.

Liturgical Celebration

Wednesday, October 23 | 12 p.m.

A noontime liturgical celebration highlighting the impact of the reform of worship which opened the door to cultural diversity and the active participation of the faithful in the Church’s central act of worship.