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Documents of Vatican II  

Vatican II CouncilRev. 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.


For more information, please contact:

  • Kimberly Mailley
  • (973) 275-2435
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