In 2012-13 the Catholic Church marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, which has had a deep impact on the self-understanding of Catholics and has influenced their relationship to the wider world. Declared by Pope Benedict XVI to be a global “Year of Faith,” the formal commemoration of this anniversary began on October 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the Council's opening, and will end on November 24, 2013, the feast of Christ the King.
Fifty years after its occurrence, the spirit of the Council continues to animate the Church's – and therefore Marquette's – mission. The engagement of Catholicity and culture, the commitment to social justice, the full and active participation of the faithful in the liturgy, and a reverence for other religious traditions are all living legacies of Vatican II. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette desires to explore the Council's meaning today and its challenges for the future.
These pages contain the events which reflect on Vatican II's continuing legacy, links to Vatican II resources and documents, and interesting glimpses into what life was really like during those years.