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(ST. LOUS) – Aquinas Institute of Theology is pleased to be a co-sponsor, along with Fonbonne University, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and the Marchetti Jesuit Endowment of Saint Louis University, of the Second Annual Newman Convocation. The Newman Convocation is a gathering of theology faculty members and students from all four institutions, and St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson will preside at the event. This event will be held at St. Francis Xavier College Church, St. Louis University, on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

The 2011 gathering celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and is titled “Opening the Windows: The Pastoral Vision of Blessed John XXIII”.

The featured speaker for this evening will be Randy Rosenberg, Ph.D., the CSJ Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought at Fontbonne University, who will discuss the essential background of the accomplishments of Vatican II. Responding to his presentation will be Sr. Colleen Mary Mallon, O.P., Ph.D, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Lawrence J. Welch, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, will also offer a response to Dr. Rosenberg’s presentation.

All faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate majors in the Theology departments at Aquinas Institute of Theology, Fontbonne University, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and Saint Louis University are invited to participate in the opening procession of the Convocation. Those interested are asked to indicate their desire to do so by registering at this web page.

Aquinas Institute of Theology is a St. Louis-based Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry administered by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Offering both residential and on-line degree programs, Aquinas Institute of Theology is the only Catholic institution in America to offer a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) degree in preaching.

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