40th Anniversary Celebration of the Second Vatican Council
Sponsored by the Department of Theology
Sunday October 27, 2002
Banquet Room, Cintas Center
Introduction: William Madges, Chair of Xavier's theology department
Keynote Lecture by Robert Blair Kaiser: "Why Vatican II?"
The Impact of Vatican II
Rev. J. Leo Klein, S.J., On the Jesuits
Dr. Louise Akers, S.C., On Women Religious
Ms. Mary D. Fitzpatrick, On the Laity
Desserts and beverages will be served
- Rober Blair Kaiser
Robert Blair Kaiser
is a prize winning author and journalist. He covered the Second Vatican Council for Time magazine and won the Overseas Press Club Award in 1963 for the "best magazine reporting of foeign affairs" for his coverage of the Council. Since 1999 he has been a contributing editor in Rome for Newsweek magazine.
Kaiser has published ten books. Two deal with Vatican II: Pope, Council and World (New York: Macmillan 1963), the first book on Pope John XXIII's plan to bring the church into the modern world; and The Politics of Sex and Religion (New York: Sheed & Ward 1985), which analyzes the debate concerning birth control in the Catholic Church. Kaiser's most recent work is Clerical Error: A True Story (New York: Continuum Books, 2002).
J. Leo Klein, S.J.
is Vice President for Mission & Ministry at Xavier University. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1951 and began his life as a priest (1964) in a post-Vatican II church. With a doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University, Klein began teaching at Xavier in 1970. In the years since, he has held a number of administrative posts at the University and in the Jesuit order.
Louise Akers, S.C.
is a visiting professor in the theology department at Xavier. During the Council, she was a college student and a new member of the Sisters of Charity. Since the time of her religious formation, Akers has been active in justice education and advocacy. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Episcopal Divinity Scool.
Mary D. Fitzpatrick
is a 1954 graduate of Our Lady of Cincinnati College. She and her husband were chairs of the Archdiocesan Family Life Bureau the year Humanae Vitae (1968) was issued. In addition to organizing community and parish councils, Fitzpatrick has served as public affairs consultant to Hamilton County's Chirldren Services Department.