Rev. Msgr. Raymond J. Kupke, Ph.D., presented a lecture on November
9, 2013 to the permanent deacon candidates and their wives of the
Diocese of Paterson.
Rev. Msgr. Raymond J. Kupke, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Church
History at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and Pastor
of St. Anthony's Parish in Hawthorne, NJ, presented a lecture on an
Overview of the Main Documents of Vatican II and Their Importance, to
the Diocese of Paterson permanent diaconate candidates and their wives
at St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
The workshop began with a historical background of the overall sense
of the Church in the 19th Century to the middle of the 20th Century and
events leading up to the Vatican II Council. Msgr. Kupke’s vast
knowledge of Church history provided great insight into the inspiration
of Pope Pius XII which resulted in a remarkably fruitful period leading
up to Vatican II. From this period came various liturgical,
spiritual and lay movements.
In the second half of the conference, Msgr. Kupke provided a deeper
look at Vatican II and specific documents. The Council, called by Pope
John XXIII, began its first session in September 1962. The Bishops came
together yearly, for a total of four years, producing documents that
would chart a pastoral focus for the Church. The most authoritative
documents of the Council were known as Constitutions, one of which was
Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church). This was the first
to mention the restoration of the permanent diaconate.
Msgr. Kupke concluded the workshop allowing for questions and
encouraged everyone to take time to read the documents which he noted
are beautifully and eloquently written and an enjoyable read.
The next pastoral formation program will be on Saturday, December
14, 2013 at St. Paul Inside the Walls. Diane M. Carr, M.A., Adjunct
Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School
of Theology will give a presentation on Reflections on Mary and the Saints.
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