Reflecting on Vatican II, 50 Years Later

Pa. native Cardinal Keeler to present in Catholic Intellectual Series

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (January 7, 2009) – William Henry Cardinal Keeler, J.C.D., D.D., Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore, will present a lecture on the date of the 50th anniversary of the calling of Vatican II as part of Saint Joseph's University's Catholic Intellectual Series. The lecture, "Reflections on the Sacred Council of Our Time," will be held on Sunday, January 25, at 3 p.m. in the Wolfington Teletorium of Mandeville Hall.

Cardinal Keeler, who trained at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., and is a former resident of Bala Cynwyd, will specifically focus on the history of the papal document Nostra Aetate, which was written during the Second Vatican Council, and how it dramatically reshaped relations between Catholics and non-Christians. He served as an expert advisor at the council and is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the subject in the United States.

"No other member of the American Catholic Church has such a comprehensive perspective on Vatican II as Cardinal Keeler," said Dan Joyce, S.J., of SJU's Office of Mission. "From his time at the Council sessions through his 30 years as a Bishop and Cardinal, His Eminence has been one of the key interpreters of the implementation of the Vatican II in the United States. The Cardinal offers a most valuable view on this momentous event that has shaped the last half-century in the Catholic Church.

Saint Joseph's strives to embody the vibrant traditions of Catholic culture and life, and the religious character of the University springs from its relationship with the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Intellectual Series serves to highlight the works and ideas of the best contemporary Catholic scholars and academics from around the world.

Mandeville Hall is located at the southwest corner of 54th Street and City Avenue. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Mission at 610-660-3290.

Media Contact

Jeffrey Martin, Office of University Communications, 610-660-3223,

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