Archbishop joins professor for book-signing and discussion

Vatican II book-signing, Commencement Countdown highlight week's activities | March 21, 2003

The Most Rev. Daniel Pilarczyk, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is joining department of theology chair William Madges for a talk and book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers tomorrow, Wednesday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. Pilarczyk is speaking on the significance of the Second Vatican Council and signing copies of "Vatican II: Forty Personal Stories," which was edited by Madges and Mike Daley, a graduate of the University's theology program and a teacher at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. Pilarczyk contributed a chapter to the book, chronicling how he had to rethink his teaching as a result of the Council's actions. Pilarczyk was teaching classes on ecclesiology at the time of Vatican II. The Council, which was held from 1962-1965, was the most significant theological event for the Roman Catholic Church in the 20th century, forming a watershed in the flow of theological thought while at the same time seeking to engage the modern world. Madges and Daley each contributed a chapter, along with 37 others who took part in the Council, were in Rome at the time or saw their course of life change dramatically because of it. "We didn't want the story of such an important event in the life of the Church to go untold," says Madges. "And as many of the Vatican II generation grow older, we thought it was time to tell their stories." For more information, contact Madges at 513 745-2049 or Joseph-Beth Booksellers at 513 396-8960. Also today, Wednesday, March 26, the University is conducting its third annual Commencement Countdown at the Cintas Center. The event is designed to be a one-stop shopping location for students who are graduating this spring. Students can purchase caps and gowns, pay overdue bills, order class rings and more.