St Raphael Proudly Presents the 2014/15 Faith Breakfast Talk Series
A Four Part Lecture with Abbot Dismas Kalcic
Practical Results of Vatican II
The Second Vatican Council produced sixteen documents that direct us to a way of understanding and living the faith, in community, in relation to non-Catholic Christians, to those of non-Christian religions, and to those who profess other beliefs. They direct us to a developed way of understanding religious liberty, divine revelation, the Church, the Church in the modern world, the Liturgy, the Catholic Eastern Churches, the role of the Bishops, the training of Priests, the role of lay people, renewal of religious life, missionary activity, Christian education, and the means of social communication. The four breakfast presentations will consider the ways our Christian life has developed and will continue to develop as a result of the Council's deliberations and its documents. They will look at the key practical results of the Council.
It is generally accepted that very few have read all the Council documents. These presentations will move toward an appreciation of the Council documents through their impact on our spirituality and how we are expected to live the life of Christ.
Mark your calendars for the following Saturday mornings: September 6, November 1, January 10 and March 28. All talks will be held in Room 162, complete with a homemade breakfast and fellowship, starting immediately after the 8:30 morning Mass.
Abbot Dismas Kalcic, O.S.B. was elected the IX Abbot of St Procopius Abbey in Lisle on December 30, 2002. He served as Abbot until 2010. During his 53 years of priesthood, Fr Kalcic has taught economics at Benet High School and Benedictine University, served in administration roles at Benet and Joliet Catholic High Schools and spent 13 years as Pastor of three parishes in Price County, northern Wisconsin. “What I learned as Pastor, was how to change my expectations of people and never to judge them by some ideal, but to love them as they are.” For the past few years, Abbot Dismas has served as weekend assistant here at St Raphael. He spends much of this time at the Abbey, reading and studying. The Abbot loves to share his vast knowledge of Vatican II and how that dramatic council has affected not only we as Catholics, but the whole religious world, he is also holds Pope Francis in high regard.