Beginning this fall, Alvernia will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II with a series of events over the next two years that focus on the teachings and implementation of the documents concerning Ecumenism, non-Christian religions, religious liberty, the apostolate of the laity, and the church in the modern world. The series will feature the results of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) where a new direction for the Church was charted, responding to the challenges emerging from a changed world following WW II.
The Founder’s Day lecture on Sept. 11, featuring Rabbi Howard Hirsch, will launch the Vatican II series and also inaugurate a new initiative in interfaith dialogue. Rabbi Hirsch will share with us his perspective on the impact of Vatican II on Jewish-Christian relationships.
Sr. Kathy Murray, O.P., (sister of actor Bill Murray) will perform her one-person enactment of “St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times” on October 16. This will be an enjoyable opportunity to learn about the medieval environment in which both the Dominican and Franciscan traditions were born.
Our annual Mission Day on Monday, Aug. 20 will feature an opening Interfaith Service, presentations by faculty about their own Mission Integration experiences, and presentations by members of the Mission Integration and Education Team. A second Mission Day will be held on Sept. 5 for those unable to attend the Aug. 20 program.
The New Student Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 23 begins Student Orientation with the highlight being the procession of new students through lines of applauding faculty. We will celebrate our annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Monday, Aug. 27. As the symbolic beginning to the academic year and final activity of Orientation Weekend, our Mass once again will be supported by an adjusted class schedule (and a free and festive all-university luncheon) to enable students, faculty and staff to participate.
The annual State of the University Day, Tuesday, Aug. 21, begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast in the student dining room followed by the program in the PEC. All faculty and staff are asked to attend both events. Keep cool, and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Peace and All Good, Tom Flynn