Conference Schedule

Drawn to Fellowship: the Promise and Progress of Interreligious Dialogue

 

Nostra Aetate: The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on The Catholic Church’s Relations to Non-Christian Religions

 

7:00 p.m. | Opening: Villanova Room, Connelly Center

  • Welcome and Introductions - Kail C. Ellis, OSA, Assistant to the President, Villanova University
  • University Greetings - Peter M. Donohue, OSA, President of Villanova University
  • Message of His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches - Delivered by Rev. Kuriakose Cherupuzhathottathil, Official, Congregation for the Oriental Churches
 
7:45 p.m. | Keynote Address | Nostra Aetate: The Contested, Minimal and Almost Failed Effort to Embrace a Tragedy and Amend Attitudes
 
  • John Borelli, Special Assistant to the President for Catholic Identity and Dialogue, Georgetown University
    • Moderator:  Kail C. Ellis, OSA—Villanova University

NOSTRA AETATE: HISTORIAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXT

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Pope Paul VI and his Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in January 1964: Key Event in the Emergence of Nostra Aetate

  • Anthony O'Mahony, Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, Reader in the History of Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London (1999-2018) and Director for the Centre for Eastern Christianity (2009–2018); Holder of the Sir Daniel and Countess Bernardine Murphy Donohue Chair in Eastern Christianity.
    • Moderator: Barbara E. Wall— Vice President, Mission and Ministry Villanova University

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. | Break

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. | The Ecclesial and Theological Origins of Nostra Aetate: A Modern Historical Account in the Context of Vatican II

  • Rocco Viviano, SX, The Ecclesial and Theological Origins of Nostra Aetate and its Significance for Present and Future Interfaith Engagement
    • Moderator:  Bernard Prusak—Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. | Break

NOSTRA AETATE: RELATIONSHIP WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE

11:30 - 12:30 p.m. | Harvest and Horizons - An Appraisal of Nostra Aetate Paragraph 4, The Catholic Church and the Jewish People as a Primary Moment for Nostra Aetate

  • David Neuhaus, SJ, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Jerusalem.
    • Moderator: Kevin Hughes—Theology and Religioius Studies, Villanova University

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Break/Lunch1

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Naming the Fellowship between the Church and the Jewish People at the Second Vatican Council and in Our Time

  • Elizabeth T. Groppe, Professor of Theology, University of Dayton.
    • Moderator:  Brett Malcolm Grainger—Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions (Speaker, Topics and session Locations can be found here and in conference program.)
 
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. | Break
 

NOSTRA AETATE: RELATIONSHIP WITH ISLAM AND EASTERN CHRISTIANS

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Catholic Saints and Scholars: Nostra Aetate and Islam

  • Christian Krokus, Associate Professor, Department of Theology/Religious Studies, University of Scranton.
    • Moderator:  Catherine Warrick—Political Science, Villanova University

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. |Ecumenical Vesper Service/Organ Concert, Sean McElwee, Campus Minister for Liturgical Music - Campus Church St. Thomas of Villanova

Gallery Exhibit: Drawn to Fellowship, the Promise and Progress of Interreligious Dialogue - Connelly Center 


 

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[1] Lunch locations: Bel Air Terrace of the Connelly Center; Café Nova and Dougherty Dining Hall in Dougherty Hall (across from the Connelly Center); and the Refectory Restaurant in the newly opened Villanova Commons on Lancaster Ave. 

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Rome and the Eastern Patriarchates: Reflections on Cultural and Historical Factors in the Inter-Church Relations

  • Sidney H. Griffith, Ordinary Professor Emeritus in the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, School of Arts and Sciences, The Catholic University of America.
    • Moderator:  Peter Spitaler—Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. | Break

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. | The Holy See, Islam and the Role of the Eastern Patriarchs in Developing Nostra Aetate

  • Kail C. Ellis, OSA, Assistant to the President, Villanova University.
    • Moderator:  Samer Abboud—Global and Interdisciplinary Studies, Villanova University

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. | Break

NOSTRA AETATE AND ECUMENICISM

11:30 - 12:30 p.m. | Eastern Orthodox Perspectives on Nostra Aetate and Muslim-Christian Relations

  • Archimandrite Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos, Orthodox priest of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame, London and teacher of Christianity, Islam, Orthodox and Eastern Christianity at SOAS University of London.
    • Moderator:  Kerry SanChirco—Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Break/Lunch2
 

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | The Church of England's and the Response of the Broader European Protestant Traditions to Nostra Aetate

  • Rev. Dr. Richard Sudworth, Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter-Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England.
    • Moderator:  Julia Sheets-Willard—Campus Ministry, Villanova University
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Break
 
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. | Nostra Aetate and the Christians of the Middle East
  • Dr. George Sabra, Professor of Systematic Theology and President of the Near East School of Theology(NEST) in Beirut, Lebanon.
    • Moderator:  Kaley Carpenter—Augustine and Culture Seminar, Villanova University
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. | Break


4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Catholic Teaching on Hinduism and Buddhism: in Nostra Aetate: phenomenology and its theological implications in the case of Hindu theism

  • Very Rev. Dr. Martin Ganeri, OP, Prior Provincial of the Order of Preachers, Province of England and Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford.
    • Moderator:  Vincent McCarthy—Philosophy professor emeritus, St. Joseph’s University

5:00 - 5:15 p.m. Break

5:15 - 6:00 p.m. | Wrap Up Panel

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Evening Prayer: Ecumenical Vespers of Taizé, St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Campus.

 

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[2] Lunch locations: Bel Air Terrace of the Connelly Center; Café Nova and Dougherty Dining Hall in Dougherty Hall (across from the Connelly Center); and the Refectory Restaurant in the newly opened Villanova Commons on Lancaster Ave.