Seminary to host symposium on the legacy of Pope Paul VI
Speakers from Europe and the United States later this month will lead a three-evening symposium, "Remembering Paul VI: The Gifts of Life and Joy," sponsored by the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas.
The symposium honors the legacy of Pope Paul VI on the 30th anniversary of his death and the 40th anniversary of his 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life). The speakers will discuss the topics of happiness, evangelization and Humanae Vitae.
The dates, locations and speakers are:
- "Rejoice in the Lord: Paul VI's Gaudete in Domino and the Quest for Happiness," will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall on the St. Thomas campus west of Cretin Avenue. The speaker is Father Michael Sherwin, O.P., associate professor of fundamental moral theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
- "Paul VI and Evangelization" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall on the St. Thomas campus west of Cretin Avenue. The speaker is Bishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Diocese of Terni, Italy. He is president of the Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue of the Italian Bishops' Conference.
- "Paul VI's Humane Vitae: A Prophetic Document," will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the auditorium of O'Shaughnessy Educational Center on the university's main campus. The speaker is Dr. Janet Smith, who holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Mich.
Comments on the talks will be given by Monsignor James Mulligan, director of the Office of Priestly Life and Ministry for the Diocese of Allentown, Pa.
The programs are free and open to the public; no reservations are required. For more information, call the seminary at (651) 962-5050.