Considering Vatican II Fifty Years Later

Kristin Colberg, Ph.D.

In October of 2012 the Church will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. This celebration will be followed for three years by other momentous anniversaries honoring the passage of key documents, landmark agreements and ultimately the conclusion of the council itself. These anniversaries provide a fitting opportunity to reflect on the achievements of Vatican II and its on-going formation of the Church. This session will engage (1) certain critical developments of Vatican II's decress, (2) contemporary scholarship on the meaning of the conciliar documents, and (3) people's own experiences of the changes that the council brought to the Church.

Krisitn Colberg



Kristin Colberg is a Assistant Professor at Saint John's School of Theology·
Seminary and the Department of Theology of the College of Saint Benedict and
Saint John's University. She received her doctorate in Systematic Theology from the
University of Notre Dame in 2009 and currently researches ecclesiology, theological
anthropology, and theology of Vatican II. She has several publications including
two recent articles on Vatican II in the Heythrop Journal and Horizons.

Dates & Locations

  • Friday, Feb. 22 - 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 - 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Church of Saint Mary, Alexandria
  • Thursday, May 9 - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis
  • Friday, May 17 - 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University<

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