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    The offices of Evangelization, Student Life, and Academic Affairs, and the Theology Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville present:

    Symposium on Vatican II and the Year of Faith

    Saturday, April 13, 2013


    On Saturday, April 13, 2013, Franciscan University of Steubenville will host a symposium on “The Year of Faith and Vatican II." This symposium has been organized in response to the request of Pope Benedict XVI in Porta Fidei, the document inaugurating the Year of Faith, for theological institutions to reflect more deeply on the meaning of the Second Vatican Council and to correct widespread misunderstandings of what the Council documents meant. Three internationally-renowned speakers will present papers on the importance of the Council in the areas of the Christian philosophy of the human person, the recovery of patristic insight into the Word of God, and the perennial and contemporary relevance of Vatican II for the Christian faithful of today.

    Please join us in a faithful and scholarly reflection on the work of the Holy Spirit guiding and directing the world to the truth and salvation offered to us by God through Christ and the Church.

    Symposium Speakers: 

    Monsignor Paul McPartlan


    Monsignor Paul McPartlan is the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at the Catholic University of America. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster (UK). He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and graduated from Cambridge in Mathematics in 1978. Having studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he was ordained a priest by Cardinal Basil Hume in 1984. He gained his doctorate from Oxford, and then served for four years in a London parish. After holding a post-doctoral research fellowship at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, from 1993-95, he was appointed to the faculty of Heythrop College in the University of London where he taught systematic theology for ten years before coming to CUA in 2005. He is a member of the International Theological Commission (2004-present) and of the international commission for theological dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, and has participated in international Anglican-Roman Catholic and Roman Catholic-Methodist dialogue, also. He was appointed as a papal chaplain by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. His publications include: The Eucharist Makes the Church: Henri de Lubac and John Zizioulas in dialogue(T&T Clark, 1993) and Sacrament of Salvation: An Introduction to Eucharistic Ecclesiology (T&T Clark, 1995)

    Father Joseph Lienhard, S.J.


    Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J., a native of the Bronx, has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1958. He was ordained a priest in 1971. After studies at several places in the United States, he received the degree of Dr. Theology from the University of Freiburg in 1975, with a dissertation on Paulinus of Nola. In 1986 he completed the “Habilitation” at Freiburg with a work on Marcellus of Ancyra. From 1975 until 1990 he taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee; since 1990 he has been at Fordham University. He has also held chairs or visiting appointments at John Carroll University, Boston College, St. Joseph’s Seminary Dunwoodie, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the Pontifical Gregorian University. His current project is the translation of several works by Augustine on the Old Testament, specifically his writings on the Heptateuchn and his Annotations on Job. He also serves as the Editor of Traditio. His publications include The Bible, the Church, and Authority: The Canon of the Christian Bible in History and Theology (Michael Glazier Books, 1995) and Contra Marcellum: Marcellus of Ancyra and Fourth-Century Theology (CUA Press, 1999).

    Dr. John Crosby


    Dr. John Crosby studied at Georgetown University, where he received a B.A., and the University of Salzburg where he received his Ph.D. Before coming to Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1990 he taught at the University of Dallas, and later held the Prince Franz Josef and Princess Gina Chair for Ethics, at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein. He has previously served as chair of the philosophy department at Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as the director of the M.A. Philosophy Program, a program he helped found. He is a member of American Catholic Philosophical Association, where he has also served on the Executive Committee; the American Philosophical Association; the Venerable John Henry Newman Association, and the University Faculty for Life. He has made a significant contribution to the area of philosophical anthropology or philosophy of the human person and has played a major role in the contemporary interest and discussion of that field through his two books, The Selfhood of the Human Person and Personalist Papers each published by Catholic University of America Press. He has also worked in the areas of ethics, phenomenological realism, and axiology, or value theory.

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