Day 1: ‘Understanding Vatican II’ begins with recollections

July 25, 2013 by

web-maybe-lead-DSC_4843Theologian Dr. Catherine Michaud is finishing a two-year commitment she made to help Catholics understand the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the Church and its people.

“And how fitting it is,” she told the audience gathered at the Nazareth Motherhouse Thursday evening for the beginning of the 2013 Theological Institute, “that I should complete it here at home.”

In addition to being Dr. Michaud, she is also Sister Catherine, a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia.


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The title of this year’s Theological Institute, which will continue through Sunday, is “Understanding Vatican II.” Sister Catherine has focused on the documents of Vatican II during her 25-plus years as a professor of theology at Marymount College and St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.

She began the program with a look back at the Church, and society, in the years just before the Council began in 1962, and asked the 75-plus participants to think back either to that time or to what they’ve heard about it.

“When I speak in churches, I’m always amazed” by the perceptions of Vatican II based on age, she said. “For some, it was lived; for others, it’s ancient history.”

More reports on the institute will be posted here as the program continues.



2 Responses to “Day 1: ‘Understanding Vatican II’ begins with recollections”

  1. anne eggleston on July 27th, 2013 3:32 pm

    What a gift to have these days! Vatican 11 in many ways has yet to come into the realm of the People of GOD –the laity—it is time! Another sign the CSJ’s of Concordia are AWARE-LISTENING-WISE – and in touch WOMEN!

  2. Paula Hernandez on July 26th, 2013 9:18 pm

    The lessons from Vatican ll might seem to be from the past. I wonder what will come of Pope Francis and what he might do for the established church in the near future. I can imagine that Vatican ll and something Pope Francis will reinvent/return in the church will be of historical magnitude.

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