The Department of Catholic
Studies in collaboration with The Monsignor Field Archives and Special
Collections Center is proud to present a selection of materials related
to the Second Vatican Council from Seton Hall University collections.
The special objects will be displayed on Nov. 21, 2013 from noon to 2 pm
in the Chancellor's Suite, University Center. The display precedes the
Department of Catholic Studies' Celebrating the Decree on Ecumenism
Conference. Both events are free and open to the public.
This archival selection highlights the involvement of some members of
the Archdiocese of Newark who participated in the Second Vatican
Council, as well as how those at home in New Jersey saw the council
unfold. The display documents those Second Vatican Council participants'
journeys through photographs, council documents, writings, pamphlets,
news clippings, and invitations.
The materials come from a range of collections within the Monsignor
Field Archives and Special Collections Center, including the John M.
Oesterreicher papers, the George Shea papers, the Martin W. Stanton
papers, the Walter W. Curtis papers, and the Mrs. Frank Whitrock
scrapbooks. The display is a small sample of related materials held at
the Archives and Special Collections Center.
About the Department of Catholic Studies
Established in 2012 -- the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of
the opening of Vatican II -- the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton
Hall University, America's oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton
Hall's Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of
Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is
the Church's encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the
world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a
discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue
between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at
Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic
Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture,
humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place
for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are
enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes
and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is
complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic
Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that
enhances every other major.
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