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Great Grace Conference - Receiving Vatican II Today

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Great Grace Conference - Receiving Vatican II Today

Plenary - The mission ad gentes & the evangelical imperative of the Council: Archbishop Vigneron

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“A New Pentecost”: that was how Blessed John XXIII spoke of the great grace he looked for from the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. My presentation will consider the Second Vatican Council as aimed at leading the whole Church to re-appropriate her mission of proclaiming Christ anew, in order to bring our age into the New Creation of which he is the head. Like the Council of Trent and the First Vatican Council, Vatican II is a response to the challenges of Modernity. In this latest Council the Fathers sought to dis­­­cern the lights and shadows of our Modern world, in order more effectively to evangelize our times.

Using the fruits of the renewal of theology, the liturgical movement, and advances in Scripture study, the Council focused on the universal call to holiness and the ecclesiology of communion as the dimensions of the Church’s life within which to come to a new understanding of the working of grace within our culture’s focus on the dignity of the human person and human freedom. In outlining how I, as a pastor, understand the pastoral strategy of Vatican II, I hope to help us all implement it more effectively.

- Archbishop Allen Vigneron was elected President of the Board of Directors of the Catholic University of America in 2009. He also received the Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on 29 June 2009.