Notre Dame professor addresses church dogma, Vatican II at St. Procopius Abbey

September 10, 2014

Abbey NOV2009Lisle, IllinoisSt. Procopius Abbey, Benedictine University and the Lumen Christi Institute will sponsor The Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series, "Spousal Vision: Seeing the Church with Lumen Gentium," presented by John Cavadini, Ph.D., professor of Theology and director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

The presentation will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16 at St. Procopius Abbey Church.

Cavadini is a member of the department of Theology at Notre Dame, where he served as chair of the department from 1997-2010. His main areas of research and teaching are in "patristics," the theology of the early Catholic Church, with a special focus on the theology of St. Augustine and on the biblical spirituality of the Fathers of the Church.

He has also published extensively in the theology of miracles, the life and work of Gregory the Great, catechetical theology and the theology of marriage. As director of the Institute for Church Life, he inaugurated the Echo program in catechetical leadership, the Notre Dame Vision program for high school students, the seminar "What We Hold in Trust" for trustees and presidents of Catholic colleges and universities, the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program, and the "Initiative in Spirituality and the Professions."

In November, 2009, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-year term on the International Theological Commission and was also created a member of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, classis civilis, by Pope Benedict. He has served as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine since 2006.

Lumen Gentium, also known as the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, discusses such topics as the mystery of the Church, the hierarchical structure of the Church, and in particular on the Episcopate, the laity, the universal call to holiness in the Church and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

The event is free to the public and all are invited. For more information, contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or



Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.  

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