President Carol Jean Vale, SSJ to Moderate Forum on Future of the Church 

Release Date:

Date: Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 2-4 p.m.
Place: Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Building: Mandeville Hall - Wolfington Teletorium
Parking: Hundreds of Spaces adjacent to the Building.


If you asked Catholics in 1910 what the Church would look like for their great grandchildren, they could hardly have imagined how much the world and the Church would change. A century later, do we have any better signs of what the face of the Church is going to look like for the next two generations? How will we minister? With whom? What will insure vitality? How might political, population, and cultural differences affect us? Are there reasons for hope? Are there challenges that may prove life threatening? What opportunities for the Gospel are present? Woodstock Senior Fellows (names below) weigh in on what the future holds for the Church... and what the Church holds for the future.


Rev. Raymond B. Kemp 

As former pastor of two African-American parishes and former Secretary for Parish Life and Worship in the Archdiocese of Washington, Rev. Kemp brings his grassroots perspective on urban parish life to Woodstock programs on Preaching the Just Word and Faith in the City. He teaches as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, serves on the boards of D.C. Central Kitchen and College Campus Kitchens, and is writing a manual on preaching for justice.


Dolores R. Leckey 

Leckey served for 20-years as Executive Director of the Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has been an official advisor to the American Catholic bishops at two Roman Synods and lectured widely throughout the US, Europe and Australia. Her recent books include Just War, Lasting Peace, Grieving With Grace  


Thomas J. Reese, S.J. 

Prolific writer and blog columnist for the Washington Post, Reese leads Woodstock's work on Religion and Public Policy. He is most known for his trilogy examining church organization and politics on the local, national, and international levels: Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church, A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church. 


Carol Jean Vale, S.S.J. (moderator)

Sister Carol Jean Vale, President of Chestnut Hill College, is a sought-after speaker on the topics of spirituality, leadership, and gender roles.  She has chaired and served on numerous boards related to higher education and has published articles in several major journals, including Theological Studies.


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