Ohio Dominican University Hosts Free Lecture Series on Vatican II



Columbus, OH (43219) –  Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU) Center for Dominican Studies and the Martin de Porres Center will host a lecture series, The Big Ideas of the Second Vatican Council. 

The series will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday from September 6 through October 25 in the Colonial Room inside Sansbury Hall on Ohio Dominican’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. 

The Center for Dominican Studies is offering the eight-week lecture series in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council. 

The lecture series will revisit some of the central insights of The Second Vatican Council that still drive theology today.  This series is for anyone who is interested in theology, the role of the laity in the Church, and the intellectual life of the Roman Catholic Church. 

“The Second Vatican Council was a watershed for Catholic theology and practice,” said Father Scott Steinkerchner, O.P., Ph.D, Assistant Director of the Center for Dominican Studies.  “No other event or person had a greater impact on the Catholic Church in modern times.  It renewed the Church's understanding of itself and its mission to the world.”  

The schedule for the lecture series is as follows: 

Sept. 6: The History and Context of the Council, by Kathleen Riley, Ph.D. 

Sept. 13: The People of God, by Fr. Scott Steinkerchner, O.P., Ph.D. 

Sept. 20: The Church: Sacrament in the World, by Ron Carstens, Ph.D. 

Sept. 27: Did Anything Happen at Vatican II?, by Fr. Ed Hussey, Ph.D. 

Oct. 4: Revelation:Traditions and the Tradition, by Leo Madden, S.T.D. 

Oct. 11: Ecumenism, by Fr. Jared Wicks, S.J., Th.D. 

Oct. 18: World Religions, by Fr. Dan Millisor, M.A. 

Oct: 25: Echoes of the Council Today, by Ann Hall, Ph.D. 

For more information and to register, call (614) 251-4722 or visit www.dominicanstudies.org/vaticanii. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,500 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.