SXU’s Vatican II Events Close Thursday with Future-Focused Lecture

With Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., unable to speak at Saint Xavier this Friday because of the need to be in Rome for the pending papal election, the University’s commemoration of the Second Vatican Council will end this Thursday with an eye toward the future.

Theologian Edward Hahnenberg, Ph.D., will address “Vatican II: True Compass for the New Millennium” on Thursday, February 28th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room. Dr. Hahnenberg will share some behind-the-scenes stories from the Council and will explore factors that prompted Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to call Vatican II the “true compass” for the Church in the 21st century.

The Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Systematic Theology at John Carroll University, Dr. Hahnenberg belongs to the post-Vatican II generation of Catholics and theologians. His historical interest in and theological appreciation for the Second Vatican Council focus on the Council’s meaning for the present and future of Catholic life and practice.

Dr. Hahnenberg received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2002. He is the author of three books – Ministries: A Relational Approach (Crossroad, 2003), A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007), and Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call (Liturgical Press, 2010). In 2011, Dr. Hahnenberg received the Spirit of the Conference Award from the National Association of Lay Ministry in recognition of his contributions to the Church’s ministerial life.

Thursday’s lecture by Dr. Hahnenberg is open to the public at no charge. It will be the final public event in the University’s weeklong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The anticipated lecture by Cardinal George has been canceled as a result of Pope Benedict’s resignation and the need for the Cardinal to be in Rome.

Dr. Hahnenberg’s presentation and the other events of “Vatican II: The Legacy Unfolding” are sponsored by the Office for University Ministry, the Sister Josetta Butler, R.S.M. Fund, and the Department of Religious Studies.