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Vatican II and New Jersey: Perfect Together!  

How does New Jersey Catholicism affect the debates at the Second Vatican Council? Gain new insight into the relationship between the two on Wednesday, October 24, during the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology's newest Archbishop Gerety Lecture, "Vatican II and New Jersey: Perfect Together!"

Featuring Reverend Monsignor Raymond Kupke, Ph.D., this event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Lewis Hall. All are welcome, and admission is free. To register, or for more information, please contact Kathleen Childers at (973) 761-9016 or

The focus of Monsignor Kupke's lecture will be James J. Norris, the sole New Jersey lay auditor (and one of only three U.S. lay auditors) at the Council. On November 13, 1964, Pope Paul VI, in a dramatic gesture in the midst of the fathers of the Second Vatican Council, walked to the altar of Saint Peter's Basilica and laid his coronation tiara on the altar as a gift for the poor of the world. By the Holy Father's own admission, he made this gesture in response to Norris's words, which were delivered in a historic conciliar intervention -- the only one at Vatican II by a layman -- just one week earlier. 

Come and hear about the ways New Jersey Catholicism helped lead to this dramatic conciliar moment, and its subsequent impact on the life of the universal Church.

Monsignor Kupke is an adjunct professor of Church history at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and pastor of Holy Family Parish in Florham Park. He earned his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Church History from The Catholic University of America and has pursued archival studies at New York University. Monsignor Kupke teaches such classes as World Christianity, American Christianity and History of Christianity. He is also the archivist for the Diocese of Paterson and has taught in the Diaconate Training Program for both the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Paterson. Additionally, he serves as an instructor for the Education for Parish Service Program (EPS) in New York, Connecticut and Virginia and for our Seminary’s Theological Education for Parish Services (STEPS) program in Ridgewood.

Monsignor has lectured on various historical religious topics in the New York metropolitan area and is author of "Living Stones: A History of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Paterson." He has co-edited two books on American Catholic history, contributed to The New Catholic Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History, and writes an ongoing column on local Catholic history for his diocesan newspaper.

The Archbishop Gerety Fund for Ecclesiastical History was established by the Most Reverend Peter Leo Gerety, Archbishop Emeritus of Newark, to advance studies in ecclesiastical history, especially the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Among its various activities, the Fund sponsors lectures each year at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. 

Categories: Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Kathleen Childers
  • (973) 761-9016
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