In April 2012, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and Paulist Press co-sponsored a conference celebrating Vatican II's Continuing agenda, focusing on the addresses given at Vatican II's conclusion that challenged the church to spread the council's message. Rather than critique the council documents, the conference explored creative ways in which the energy of the council can be marshaled in establishing the agenda and needs of the twenty-first century. Speakers included:
R. Scott Appleby
Sarah Heiman and Peter Denio
Michael W. Higgins
The umbrella theme for the conference was the watershed teaching of the council on the "Universal Call to Holiness." Topics include: how the council has been interpreted over the last fifty years; its vision; messages to rulers, women, the poor and suffering, artists, young people, workers, and scientists; and finally, holiness for our world today.
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About the Author
Anthony J. Ciorra is Assistant Vice President and Michael W. Higgins is Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where, in addition, they are professors of religious studies.