Discover how the spirituality of Vatican II can ignite your faith today.
50 years ago, over 2000 bishops, theologians, and lay participants from 116 countries gathered in Rome. This assembly of minds, “quite possibly the biggest meeting in the history of the world” (O’Malley, What Happened at Vatican II), was the twenty-first worldwide council of the Church, the Second Vatican Council. Led by Popes John XXIII and Paul VI, what emerged was an intense examination of the voice and promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Vatican II radically shaped the spirituality and doctrine of the Catholic Church in the 20th and 21st centuries, and its documents are as relevant today as ever. Indeed, Pope Benedict XVI declared 2012–2013 as the “Year of Faith” to mark the anniversary of Vatican II. This year, he said, will provide a “new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men… to the place of life, of friendship with Christ.”
Now, in The Spirituality of Vatican II, you will discover how the 16 Council documents can shape your faith and relationship with Christ today. Presented by spirituality expert Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., this audio program captures the energy of the Council by examining the spirituality behind the Council documents.
When Vatican II opened on October 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII prayed for a new Pentecost for the renewal of the Church that would bring hope to the world. Both timely and timeless, this course penetrates the heart of the Council, providing a model of personal growth that will help you encounter the issues and concerns faced by Church in the twenty-first century.
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About Your Presenter
Fr. Anthony Ciorra is a leading expert on Christian spirituality. He has graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology, a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Fr. Ciorra is the author of Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad 1995) and has produced several Now You Know Media programs, including The History of Christian Spirituality, The Spirituality of the Twelve Steps for Everyone, and Thomas Merton: A Spiritual Guide for the Twenty-First Century. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II gave him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. He was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award in 2000 for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism.
Fr. Ciorra’s experience has included parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching, and formation ministries. He is currently Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University. Previously he was dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth, and director of the Center for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York. Fr. Ciorra gives workshops and retreats throughout the world and is active in creating programs for interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
- Pope John XXIII and the Calling of the Second Vatican Council
- The Spirituality of the Second Vatican Council
- Rediscovering the Holy Spirit
- The Universal Call to Holiness
- Liturgical Spirituality
- The Eucharist
- The Bible
- Images of God
- Images of the Church
- The Church in the Modern World: A Spirituality of Secularity
- A Spirituality for Interreligious Dialogue
- Conclusion: Opening Doors and Windows to the Twenty-First Century