Conference Program


Friday, April 12, 2013 
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Evening Reception / Registration 

7:00 p.m. 


Steven Guerriero, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty 

Keynote Address

Vatican II: What Does a Revolution Mean? Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., Co-director of the Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture 

Saturday, April 13, 2013 
8:30 am 

Continental Plus Breakfast 

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Panel and Discussion 

Women Are Also the Church: The Impact of Vatican II    

Presiding: Regina Bannan, Temple University  

Mary Jeremy Daigler, RSM, Mount St. Agnes Theological Center for Women

Catholic Women in Church Ministry since Vatican II 

Margaret Susan Thompson, Syracuse University
Responding With Spirit, To the Spirit: Sisters and the Call of Vatican II
Marian Ronan, New York Theological Seminary

U.S. Catholic Women Doing Theology after Vatican II  

 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 


Panel I: Education  

Vatican II: Just what Should a Catholic University Teach? 

Rev. Frank Berna, La Salle University 

The Imperative of Christian Education in Our Contemporary Society 

Rev. Fr. Hilary Okechukwu Ocho, Aku, Nigeria 

Gaudium et Spes, Music in the Liturgy, and the Struggle of the Spirit 

Frank Klose, La Salle University  


Panel II: Legacy (1)  

“Should There Be A Law?”: Catholic Theology, the Modern State, and John Courtney Murray, S.J. 

Steven Millies, University of South Carolina Aiken 

Empowering the People of God: Vatican II, John Cardinal Dearden and the Church of Tomorrow 

Samuel Thomas, Michigan State University 

Vatican II and Communion Ecclesiology: Impelled by the Spirit toward Roads Less Traveled 

Catherine Nerney, SSJ, Chestnut Hill College 


Panel III: Women and Dissent  

Reception and Dissent with a Twist: Canon 750.2 and the Medieval Debate on the Injustice of Not Ordaining Women 

Marie Conn, Chestnut Hill College 

Peaceable Dissent: Conscientious Objection in Gaudium et Spes 

Jack Downey, La Salle University 

Promises Unfulfilled: A Sociological Perspective on Vatican II and Gender Inequality in the Catholic Church 

Ryan Murphy, Chestnut Hill College 

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Lunch and Plenary Speaker 

Vatican II: A Serendipitous Past Event with a Future Remembering the Experience: Divergent Interpretations: Continuing Hope 

Bernie P. Prusak, Ph.D., Villanova University 

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  BREAK
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 


Panel I: Ethics  

What Happened to the Spirit in Post-Vatican II Moral Theology? 

Dennis Feltwell, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia 

Catholic Ethics in the Post-Vatican II Era: A Discussion of Substance and Formulation 

William Lauinger, Chestnut Hill College  

Grief and Anxieties . . . Joys and Hopes: Problems and Possibilities for the Future of Catholic Ecological Ethics 

Rev. John Slovikovski, St. Francis University  


Panel II: Contributing Voices (1) 

Teilhard de Chardin and Vatican II 

Kathy Duffy, SSJ, Chestnut Hill College  

Pope John’s Council  

Normandie Gaitley, SSJ, Sister of St. Joseph from Philadelphia 

The Theological Contributions of Henri de Lubac to Lumen Gentium: Are They Still Relevant in the Post-modern World? 

Robert Russo, St. Augustine's Home Enrichment Program, Toledo, Ohio 


Panel III: Contributing Voices (2) 

Two Other Men Named John: How Archbishop John Carroll and Bishop John England Prefigured the Vision of Vatican II  

Brian Cudahy, University of South Carolina 

Reading Vatican II by the Light of Paul VI's Candle: Divine Love as Principle of Development: Perspectives from the Writings of John Henry Newman 

Conor Hill, John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America  

John Cardinal Newman: Vatican II Mind in a Vatican I Time 

Barbara Lonnquist, Chestnut Hill College 


Panel IV: Interfaith and Inculturation  

Conversing in the Spirit: Interreligious Dialogue after the Second Vatican Council  

Michael Martocchio, Homer, New York 

Inculturation: A Theological Imperative of Vatican II  

Mary Kay Flannery, SSJ, Chestnut Hill College 

Equality of Access to Education: The Challenge before Catholic Schools in Nigeria Today in the Light of Magre les Declarations  

Rev. Tim Emeka Asogwa, University of Nigeria, Nsukka 

4:00 p.m. 


5:00 p.m.  Reception 
Sunday, April 14, 2013 
8:30 a.m. 

Continental Plus Breakfast 

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 


Panel I: Legacy (2) & Philosophy 

The "Nones" of the 21st Century: Resources of Vatican II and Beyond 

Daniel Dion, Loyola University Chicago 

Aggiornamento . . . the Spirit Is Alive! 

Hugh McNichol, Villanova University 

Conciliar Division: The Epistemic Root  

George Kennard, S.J., Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California 

Models of Apologetics: The Contribution of Vatican II  

Glenn Siniscalchi, St. Joseph's University  


Panel II: Are We There Yet?  

Full and Active Participation and Vatican II: Are We There Yet? 

Deacon Jim Grogan, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown, New Jersey 

Spirit Whispers 

Louise Elpers, MSN from the University of Evansville, Indiana 

Imperative of the Catholic Middle 

William Madges, St. Joseph's University  


10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. BREAK 
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Panel and Discussion

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Presiding: Marie Conn, Chestnut Hill College

  1. Nancy Porter, Chestnut Hill College
  2. Tracy Davidson, NBC10 Reporter, Graduate Student in Holistic Spirituality,
    Chestnut Hill College
  3. Steven Guerriero, Chestnut Hill College
12:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Steven Guerriero, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Chestnut Hill College