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CFC Lecture Reflects on Century of Ecumenism
3/25/2011
Photo:  Msgr John RadanoThe University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture will present, “After a Century of Ecumenism: What has been Achieved? What are Some Challenges Facing Us Today,” a lecture by Monsignor John A. Radano. The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. , Thursday, April 7 in the Chapel and Nold Auditorium at St. Mary’s Seminary, 9845 Memorial Drive.

Churches have recently commemorated the centenary of the 1910 World Missionary Conference at Edinburgh, Scotland, an event understood as the starting point of the modern ecumenical movement. A century of ecumenism has gone by. This gives us the occasion to ask what has been achieved during this century. In what ways have Christian communions, divided from one another over centuries, begun to move toward unity? What are some of the ecumenical challenges facing us today? With an emphasis on the results of ecumenical dialogue, this presentation explores some answers to these questions.

A priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, Monsignor John A. Radano served from 1984-2008 as a staff member of the Pontifical Council For Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican City, and head of its Western section. There he took part in the Catholic Church’s international bilateral dialogues with Lutherans, Reformed, Baptists, Mennonites, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, as well as informal consultations with Seventh Day Adventists and the Salvation Army. He was also the Pontifical Council’s liaison with the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC), and a member of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the WCC. His articles appear in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (Special Jubilee Edition, the Wojtyla years), in various journals including Mid-Stream, Ecumenical Trends, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, One in Christ, Catholica, U.S. Catholic Historian, in various World Council of Churches publications including the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement, as well as in L’Osservatore Romano (Vatican City).

His book, Lutheran and Catholic Reconciliation on Justification, was published by Eerdmans in 2009. He is currently an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University and at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie). He was also appointed Visiting Professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) Rome, 2009-2010, and Scholar-In–Residence at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota for spring semester 2010.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jan Skrehot at cfc@stthom.edu.

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