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Do you have some free time this evening, Chicago Catholics? If so, you might want to make the trek out to southwest Chicago, where Cardinal Francis George will be speaking about the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. This event is free and open to the public. It's expected to last around 2 ½ hours, and has already generated plenty of buzz.

The speech is titled "Vatican II and Its Consequences, Intended and Otherwise", and it is part of Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Catholic Colloquium lecture series. The Catholic Colloquium series is itself sponsored by SXU's Office for Mission and Heritage.

This event is being held in the Butler Reception Room, which is located in the campus's Warde Academic Center. Cardinal George's speech will focus on how the Council’s decisions at Vatican II from 1962-1965 have shaped modern day Catholic life in ways foreseen and unforeseen during the Council Fathers' deliberations. The Cardinal's own body of work includes his regular columns in "The Catholic New World" and the "Chicago Católico." He has also published pastoral letters including "Becoming An Evangelizing People" and "Dwell in My Love." Additionally, Cardinal George is the author of two books: "The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture" and "God in Action: How Faith in God Can Address the Challenges of the World."

As for myself, I won't be able to attend – although I wish I could. Why not? I actually have very good reasons for missing this one. I will be on a pilgrimage to The Shrine of Christ's Passion in St. John, Indiana, which is a life sized recreation of the Stations of the Cross. I will have to rely on you, my faithful readers, to provide some feedback on the Cardinal's talk on Tuesday evening.

Perhaps I will be able to give an interesting recap of both events this weekend with your help. If you can make the trip out to St. Xavier University, please do so, and send me your recollections of the Cardinal's talk. The details for the event are as follows:

"Vatican II and Its Consequences, Intended and Otherwise"

  • Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Place: St. Xavier University ( 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, Illinois)
  • Location: Butler Reception Room

FREE and OPEN to the public.

If you need more information, you can contact the Office for University Mission and Ministry at (773) 298-3900 or email Margaret Schroeder at mschroeder@sxu.edu. Let's make Tuesday a day of spiritual reflection together. Here's hoping!

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