Religious Institute to Host Vatican II Lecture Series

PATCHOGUE, NY – AUGUST 23, 2012 – The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it will present a five-part lecture series entitled, “Vatican II Revisited: Perspectives from 50 Years Later” on its Long Island Campus over the course of the 2012-13 academic year. This is the first year that the Institute will present an integrated yearlong lecture series on a common theme.

  • September 20, 2012 – “Aggiornamento: Then and Now” – William Marrin, S.T.L, S.S.L, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, author and former chief psychologist at St. Charles Hospital.

  • November 1, 2012 – “Vatican II: Is It Finished?” – Rev. John Strynkowski, Ph.D., rector, Cathedral Basilica of St. James (Dr. Strynkowski will speak at the Brooklyn Campus on November 12)

  • February 28, 2013 – “The Monotheistic Triangle: Christianity and Islam from a Jewish Perspective” – Susannah Heschel, Ph.D., Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College

  • March 21, 2013 – “Women in Ministry” – Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., senior research associate and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University

  • April 12, 2013 – “Vatican II: Looking Back, Looking Forward” – Keynote Panel Presentation. (Please note that this event will take place from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

The series reflects on Vatican II, formally known as the Second Vatican Council, which was assembled in 1962 to address relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the modern world, with the primary hope of mending the relationship between the Church and the Jewish community. By the time it concluded three years later, it had fundamentally altered the religious landscape.

“The Institute is proud to sponsor this series, which takes a retrospective look at the history of the Second Vatican Council,” said Dr. Paul Ginnetty, Ph.D., director of the Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life. “The various speakers will offer their unique perspectives on what the Council has meant to the life of the Church, the ways that it has revitalized the Catholic faith and the ways in which its promise is still being realized half a century later. We look forward to these presentations, each of which promises to be quite interesting and likely to stimulate audience reflection and reaction.”

All lectures will be held in the McGann Conference Center on SJC’s Long Island Campus at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified, and are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For more information, call 631.687.2681 or email


Founded in 2001, The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life investigates and articulates the various roles religious institutions and individual people of faith can take to enhance community life. The Institute sponsors research projects and educational seminars, develops cooperative programs with various religious organizations in the community and searches for service opportunities in the community for faculty and students.

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