Institute for Religion Announces Second Lecture of Series

PATCHOGUE, NY – January 15, 2013 –The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce the continuation of its “Vatican II – 50 Years Later” lecture series with, “Vatican II: Is it Finished?” on Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGann Conference Center on the Long Island Campus.

“Vatican II: Is It Finished?” will be presented by Rev. Msgr. John J. Strynkowski, Ph.D., rector, Cathedral Basilica of St. James. Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn, Msgr. Strynkowski has served as a parochial vicar, an official of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and then the Congregation for Bishops. He was also a professor of theology, a rector at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y., a pastor, and the executive director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The lecture 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.

This lecture, which is sponsored by SJC’s Institute for Religion in Community Life, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 631.687.2689 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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