Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the
Opening of the Second Vatican Council
Join a unique, seven-day study tour in Rome
October 9—16, 2012
Sponsored by the National Association for Lay Ministry
in cooperation with the Lay Centre Foyer Unitas (Rome)
VATICAN II: Rediscovering Our Past, Renewing Our Future
The Second Vatican Council, which opened in Rome on October 11, 1962, was a major historical moment in the life of the church. But it’s more than an event of the past. It continues today, in the words of Blessed John Paul II, as a “sure compass by which we take our bearings...”
In this study tour we will experience and reflect on the Council – in the very place where it happened – as a continuing, living, unfolding work of the Holy Spirit. We will revisit some major themes contained in the teachings of Vatican II and explore how they have shaped the life of the church in the past half century – and what promise they hold for the future. We will devote special attention to the significance of Vatican II for the laity and lay ministries.
Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D., will accompany the group to Rome as its principal resource person. He holds the Breen Chair for Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University and is the author of A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II. Dr. Hahnenberg’s areas of expertise include ecclesiology and church ministry.
The study tour will draw on the expertise of many experts working in Rome: professors, journalists, leaders of religious communities and lay movements, staff from Vatican offices, and more. The program makes use of Rome as a living classroom. It will include guided visits to significant sites in Rome (including St. Peter’s) that are associated with the Council. The program weaves together site visits, a papal audience, lectures, panel presentations, theological reflection sessions, daily prayer and Masses (often at different churches), some common meals, and plenty of time to enjoy Roman culture and cuisine, along with leisure activities.
The program begins at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 and ends in the evening of Monday, October 15. Plan to arrive in Rome no later than October 9 and depart beginning on October 16.
The main location for program activities is the Lay Centre which is centrally located in Rome near the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
For more information: www.laycentre.org
Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the program participants.
Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements. To assist you, however, NALM has reserved a limited number of rooms until June 12 at two locations that are within walking distance of the Lay Centre. They are well located near the historical center of Rome:
Villa Irlanda: www.villairlandaroma.it Rates per night are 78 Euros single and 100 Euros double plus tax. Rates include daily breakfast. All credit cards accepted. Priests in the group are invited to book a room in the Irish College building (next to the Villa) for approx. 60 Euro per night. Contact Alison Mills at the Villa Irlanda for rooms at both the College and the Villa. Mention that you are in the Vatican II U.S. Group.
Lancelot Hotel: www.lancelothotel.com Rates per night are 116 Euros single and 175 Euros double plus tax. Rates include daily breakfast. All credit cards accepted to secure your reservation. Contact the hotel and mention booking reference "B-8000 McCord-Lay Centre" for NALM rates.
Participants are also free to choose their own hotels or B&B's in Rome. For additional suggestions go to:www.laycentre.org/programs.html and scroll midway down the page to "suggestions for lodging."
The program fee is $1,290 USD. It includes all program events, materials, site visits, ground transportation, and a few meals.
A deposit of $250 is due by June 16st to reserve your place in the study tour. Maximum group number will be 35.
Join this unique pilgrimage of lay women and men, priests, deacons, and vowed religious for a journey TO Rome, a journey IN Rome, and a journey FROM Rome – using the anniversary of the Second Vatican Council as a starting point for learning, praying, and celebrating what the renewal begun in Vatican II continues to mean for the church, and especially laity, today and tomorrow.
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