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Duquesne University Event to Celebrate 50 Years of Liturgical Reform

Fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council published the first of its major documents, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, which transformed the liturgy to meet the needs of modern times.

To mark the golden anniversary of Vatican II reforms, Duquesne University will celebrate and reflect upon the liturgical renewal with a free lecture and panel presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Wolfe Lecture Hall of the Bayer Learning Center.

Visiting lecturer Dr. Michael Driscoll, a well-known liturgist from the University of Notre Dame, will present New Wine in Old Wineskins: Reflections on the Liturgical Reform on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium at 3 p.m. A discussion on the celebration of the Christian Liturgy in the United States, with panelists representing America, Asia and Africa, will follow. After a brief reception at 5:15 p.m., the event will conclude with a special Mass at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. 

According to the Rev. Elochukwu Uzukwu, C.S.Sp., the Fr. Pierre Schouver Endowed Chair in Mission, nearly 2,600 bishops were brought together to form the council, seeking to reform the liturgy and to address pastoral problems associated with Catholics worshipping in a society diversified by its people, cultures and ideologies.

What began as an effort to understand the liturgy became a movement of reform aimed at making the liturgy more accessible to everyone. "The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy enabled Catholics to participate fully and consciously in the Christian liturgy and helped rekindle their love for the liturgy," explained Uzukwu. "Through the constitution, a new Missal of Vatican II, the Missal of Paul VI and the generalized use of the vernacular in the mass were introduced in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Oceania."

The celebration, Uzukwu said, will help participants to appreciate the insights of Vatican II in allowing more accessibility to the celebration of contemporary Christian faith.

The Celebrating Liturgical Renewal is sponsored by the Department of Theology, Spiritan Campus Ministry and the Pierre Schouver, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair in Mission. For more information, contact Phyllis Conlogue at 412.396.6530.

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