Call for Papers: "The Irrepressible Energy of the Spirit: Vatican II and Beyond"

Release Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Religious Studies and Philosophy Department and the Graduate Program in holistic spirituality at Chestnut Hill College will host an interdisciplinary conference on “The Irrepressible Energy of the Spirit: Vatican II and Beyond” April 12–14, 2013. 


Keynote Speaker, Peter Steinfels, co-director of the Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture and author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (2003).


In the 50 years since Vatican II, not enough has been done to educate the faithful about the deeper meaning behind the changes. Vatican II also took important steps in areas like outreach to other religious traditions, the primacy of the needs of the poor and the marginalized, and the role of the laity in the life of the church. During the past several years, challenges to the vision and spirit of Vatican II have arisen both from the hierarchy and among some of the faithful. We would like our conference to be one step in the filling of that gap in understanding.



Proposals for papers or panels are invited on any issue related to the legacy of the Council, both historically and into the future. The Council was a defining experience in church history. Papers may relate to the immediate or long-term consequences of the Council — liturgical, ecclesiological, social, cultural, intellectual, and so on. Proposals should be about 250–300 words and be accompanied by a CV. Send proposals by December 1, 2012 to Barbara Crawford at or mail to Barbara Crawford, Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. For questions, call 215.248.7129.