MarkForBlogWe now have a date, time, speaker and topic for our Vatican II Lecture Series, fall edition. It will be Thursday, Nov. 8, starting at 7pm. Expecting a larger crowd than can fit well in the library, we will hold it in the Inner Commons of Henni Hall, which is right next door to the library. The full address is Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, 3257 S. Lake Drive, St. Francis, WI 53235. A short reception will follow.

The speaker is Fr. Mel Michalski, a professor at both Saint Francis de Sales Seminary and Sacred Heart School of Theology, and the topic is “Looking back at the Council with Professor Joseph Ratzinger.”

Fr. Mel is the author of several books including “The relationship between the universal priesthood of the baptized and the ministerial priesthood of the ordained in Vatican II and in subsequent theology” and “Encounters with Karl Rahner: Remembrances of Rahner by those who knew him.” The talk is based on original class notes of two courses taught by Professor Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) during the winter and spring semesters of 1965/1966 entitled “Looking back at the Council” and “Ecclesiology.”

Come join us for this unique opportunity to hear Fr. Mel give a talk “looking back” on the council.

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