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The Department of Catholic Studies and The Monsignor Field Archives and Special Collections Center Present Vatican II Council Display
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Vatican II Council DisplayThe 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.

For more information please contact:
Brittany Venturella
(973) 275-2175


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