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Office of University Mission and Ministry

Vatican II: The Legacy Unfolding

Remembering and Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council 1962-2012. Free and open to local Catholic parishioners, the SXU community and the general public. For more information, download our printer-friendly flier (PDF) or contact us at 773-298-3900 or universityministry@sxu.edu.

Monday, February 25

The World of Vatican II: An Artist's Report
4 - 5:30 p.m.
Butler Reception Room

Art exhibit opening and reception featuring the original works of artist/reporter Franklin McMahon. Refreshments will be served.

Curator Presentation: 5 p.m.

Curator Kathleen Van Ella speaks on the nature and significance of McMahon’s artworks.

Tuesday, February 26

Vatican II: The Game
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SXU Diner

An enjoyable, interactive game about life before and after the Council. All players will receive an entry for the grand prize to be drawn at the end of the week.

**Chance to win Bon Jovi tickets: Students playing the Tuesday game and/or attending any of the week’s other events will receive entries for the grand prize of two on-the-fi eld tickets to Bon Jovi’s “Because We Can Tour” concert at Soldier Field in July. The more events a student attends, the more chances to win the grand prize. Bonus entries will be given at the Thursday and Friday night presentations.**

Wednesday, February 27 

Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Latin Mass 
Noon
McDonough Chapel

Experience and celebrate the Divine Liturgy as it was celebrated for 500 years before Vatican II. The “extraordinary form,” more commonly known as the Tridentine Mass, will be celebrated.

Thursday, February 28

Vatican II: True Compass for the New Millennium
6:30 p.m.
Butler Reception Room

Major address by Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D., of John Carroll University What happened at Vatican II? Why do the personalities and dramatic events of the Council, the most signifi cant religious event of the 20th century, prompt Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to call it.

Friday, March 1

Noon Mass
12:30 p.m. Benediction
McDonough Chapel

First Friday Mass in English, followed by Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Latin as it was done before the Council.

Vatican II and Its Consequences, Intended and Otherwise
6:30 p.m.
Butler Reception Room

Major address by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., followed by a question-and-answer period. How has the Church changed as a result of the Second Vatican Council? How has the life of the Church moved in accord with the hopes of the Council Fathers and/or in ways unforeseen by those who authored and commended the Council documents not only to Catholics but also to all persons of good will? 

Night Prayer with Cardinal George immediately following.

Reception immediately following.