Newman Theological College
Anthony Jordan Lecture Series

2015 Anthony Jordon Lecture Series

co-sponsored by The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Speaker: Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Assistant Professor of the University of St. Thomas. 

February 27 & 28, 2015

Topic: From Vatican II to a World Church



Cost: Free Will Offering

Location: St. Joseph Seminary 9828-84 Street


Friday, February 27:

“Vatican II: Reflections Fifty Years Later”, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 28:

“Pope Francis and the Church of Today”, 10 a.m.

Mass, 11:30 a.m.

“The New Catholic Movements: History and Ecclesiology”, 2 p.m.



Dr. Massimo Faggioli worked in the “John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies” in Bologna between 1996 and 2008 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Turin in 2002. He moved to the US in 2008, where he was visiting fellow at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College between 2008 and 2009. Dr. Faggioli is now assistant professor in the Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul (Minnesota). He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their children. He writes regularly for Italian and American newspapers and journals on the Church, religion and politics.

His articles and essays have been published in seven languages.


His most recent books are:

  • Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning (2012; Italian translation and Portuguese translation, 2013);
  • True Reform. Liturgy and Ecclesiology in “Sacrosanctum Concilium” (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012; Italian translation, 2013);
  • John XXIII. The Medicine of Mercy (forthcoming by Liturgical Press);
  • Pope Francis and a World Church (Rome: Armando, 2014; forthcoming in English by Paulist Press);
  • Sorting Out Catholicism. Brief History of the new Ecclesial Movements (Liturgical Press, 2014).
  • His current research project is a history of the central government of the Catholic Church, the Roman Curia.


Watch the lectures from 2014 by Rev. Joseph Komonchak Ph.D. titled "St. Augustine's Understanding of the Church"

Friday, March 7, 2014


 Saturday, March 8, 2014




This lecture series is dedicated to the memory of Archbishop Anthony Jordan, OMI, of the Edmonton Archdiocese (1964-1973). Archbishop Jordan was responsible for founding Newman Theological College (NTC), which opened its doors in 1969 for the theological education of seminarians, religious men and women and laity in the wake of the renewed ecclesiology of Vatican II.

The annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series is co-sponsored by The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and NTC. The Series offers students and academics of various fields and members of the public a unique opportunity to hear world-renowned scholars address topical subjects in theology. With ample opportunity for discussion and debate, the series is a popular and thought-provoking Newman Theological College event.


Past lecturers include:

Rev. Joseph Komonchak Ph.D., St. Augustine's Understanding of the Church (2014)
Dr. Francesca Aran Murphy, Marian Faith (2013)
Fr. Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap., The Reality and Presence of Jesus (2012)
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., Ready to Give Reason for Our Hope: The New Evangelization and the Challenges of the Modern World (2011)
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Catholic Education: Challenges of the Third Millennium (2009)
Rev. Mark A. McIntosh, The Goodness and Beauty of God: John Henry Newman on Divine Presence (2008)
Fr. Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., Naming the Present Moment: Hope and Challenge in a Time of Receding Transcendence (2007)
Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Models of Holiness: Is Sanctity in a Time Warp? (2006)
Prof. Robert Schreiter, A New Modernity: Living and Believing in an Unstable World (2005)
Dr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, Grace Enfleshed: Resources for a Contemporary Theological Anthropology (2004)
Rev. Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P., Ministry in the Church: History and Future (2003)
Dr. Peter Phan, Christianity Amidst Other Religions: A Missionary Perspective (2002)
Fr. Kenan Osborne, Sacraments and Liturgy in the New Millennium (2001)
Rev. John P. Galvin, Jesus Christ in the New Millennium (2000)
Dr. William Thompson, Spirituality’s Challenges to Today’s Theology (1999)
Dr. Eileen Schuller, Dead Sea Scrolls (1998)
Rabbi Asher Finkel, Christianity and Judaism in Dialogue (1997)
Dr. John MacQuarrie, Quests and Challenges in Theology and Spirituality (1996)
Fr. Richard McCormick, Moral Theology in a Changing World (1995)
Fr. Avery Dulles, John Henry Newman: Faith and the Intellectual Life (1994)
Fr. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Scripture, the Soul of Theology (1993)
Dr. Monika Hellwig, Theology in Service of Spirituality (1992)
Dr. Langdon Gilkey, Religion and Science (1991)
Dr. Sandra Schneiders, Christian Feminism and the Theological Task (1990)
Rev. Jurgen Moltmann, Living a Theology of Hope Today (1989)
Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, Liberation Theology and Spirituality (1988)
Fr. Richard McBrien, Ecclesiology (1987)
Fr. George Tavard, Ecumenism (1986)