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Humanae Vitae: 50 Years of Prophetic Witness  

Family Holding Hands on a BeachIn 1968, Pope Paul VI released to the world a milestone encyclical reaffirming the Catholic Church's teachings regarding married love, responsible parenthood, and the rejection of artificial contraception. Half a century later, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology is commemorating the anniversary of this significant document – and you're invited to join them.

On Saturday, October 27, the School of Theology will present "Humanae Vitae: 50 Years of Prophetic Witness" from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bethany Hall. The day-long conference will include breakfast and lunch, and Sunday vigil Mass will be celebrated. Registration for the event is $50 per person and $25 per current student; groups of five or more are offered a discounted rate of $40 per person. Limited seating is available. To register by October 8, click here, call (973) 761-9575, or e-mail

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David L. Schindler, Ph.D.

This day of theological presentations and discussion will bring renowned speakers from across the nation to Seton Hall's campus. These distinguished presenters include:

  • Holly Taylor Coolman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Providence College 
  • David L. Schindler, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus, Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Catholic University of America 
  • D.C. Schindler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Metaphysics & Anthropology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Catholic University of America 
  • Michael Waldstein, Ph.D., S.S.L., Th.D., Senior Faculty Fellow, Ratzinger Institute for Biblical Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville  

They will be joined by Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology's own Eric Johnston, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Undergraduate Theology, and Joseph Rice, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology.

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Michael Waldstein, Ph.D., S.S.L., Th.D.

"Fifty years later, Humanae Vitae remains as relevant as ever – particularly given the increased challenges to marriage and family life, and the cultural fallout Paul VI predicted," said Jeffrey Morrow, Associate Professor of Undergraduate Theology and organizer of the conference.

Immaculate Conception Seminary is a House of Formation for the Roman Catholic priesthood and the School of Theology of Seton Hall University. Forming priests for God's people has remained the Seminary's constant focus, and the Seminary faculty – well-educated authors and scholars in their own fields – devote their time and energy to preparing these men for priesthood amidst the challenges of the 21st century. The School also focuses on the education of lay men and women in theology, permanent deacons, religious who are not studying for ordination, and already-ordained priests – not only providing for them academically, but also for their personal, pastoral and spiritual formation. Students and the Seminary community at large are invited to take part in many of the School's events, such as "Humanae Vitae: 50 Years of Prophetic Witness," that provide an opportunity for prayerful reflection and spiritual growth and enable attendees to better respond to an increasingly secular society with the wisdom of the Church.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Theresa Miller
  • (973) 761-9575