Vatican II: Understanding and Living the Spirituality of the Council

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Fr. Anthony Ciorra’s award-winning audio lectures are enjoyed by listeners in over 32 countries.

Now, you have the chance to reignite your faith through Fr. Ciorra’s insights on the spirituality of Vatican II.

Fifty years ago, over 2,000 bishops, theologians, and lay participants from 116 countries gathered in Rome. This assembly of minds was the 21st worldwide council of the church, the Second Vatican Council. Led by Popes John XXIII and Paul VI, what emerged was an intense examination of the voice and promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Vatican II radically shaped the spirituality and doctrine of the Catholic Church in the 20th and 21st centuries, and its documents are as relevant today as ever. Indeed, Pope Benedict XVI declared 2012-2013 as the Year of Faith to mark the anniversary of Vatican II.

Now, in this comprehensive 12-lecture audio series, you will discover how the 16 council documents can shape your faith and relationship with Christ today. Fr. Ciorra captures the energy of the council by examining the spirituality behind the council documents Both timely an

Fr. Anthony Ciorra’s award-winning audio lectures are enjoyed by listeners in over 32 countries.

Now, you have the chance to reignite your faith through Fr. Ciorra’s insights on the spirituality of Vatican II.

Fifty years ago, over 2,000 bishops, theologians, and lay participants from 116 countries gathered in Rome. This assembly of minds was the 21st worldwide council of the church, the Second Vatican Council. Led by Popes John XXIII and Paul VI, what emerged was an intense examination of the voice and promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Vatican II radically shaped the spirituality and doctrine of the Catholic Church in the 20th and 21st centuries, and its documents are as relevant today as ever. Indeed, Pope Benedict XVI declared 2012-2013 as the Year of Faith to mark the anniversary of Vatican II.

Now, in this comprehensive 12-lecture audio series, you will discover how the 16 council documents can shape your faith and relationship with Christ today. Fr. Ciorra captures the energy of the council by examining the spirituality behind the council documents Both timely and timeless, this course penetrates the heart of the council, providing a model of personal growth that will help you encounter the issues and concerns faced by church in the 21st century.

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Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., is a leading expert on Christian spirituality. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II awarded him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. In 2000, he was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism. His publications include Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad, 1995), Beauty: A Path to God (Paulist Press, 2013), and Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1998).Fr. Ciorra holds graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University. Currently, he is Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to assuming this post, Fr. Ciorra occupied a number of leadership positions in higher education and beyond, including: dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University; director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth; and director of the Center for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York.Fr. Ciorra’s professional experience ranges from parish life and preaching to teaching and administration to retreat work and formation ministries. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the world and is active in creating programs for interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
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  • Pope John XXIII and the Calling of the Second Vatican Council
  • The Spirituality of the Second Vatican Council
  • Rediscovering the Holy Spirit
  • The Universal Call to Holiness
  • Liturgical Spirituality
  • The Eucharist
  • The Bible
  • Images of God
  • Images of the Church
  • The Church in the Modern World: A Spirituality of Secularity
  • A Spirituality for Interreligious Dialogue
  • Conclusion: Opening Doors and Windows to the Twenty-First Century

6 reviews for Vatican II: Understanding and Living the Spirituality of the Council

  1. Chuck

    Don’t Miss this One!!

    Fr. Ciorra hit a home run with these talks on Vatican II. I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation. He presented an excellent background on Vatican II, why it happened, and what the various Constitutions and documents mean for us both personally and as the Church as we move into this next century. He inspired me to begin reading the documents on my own and to dig deeper into what they really mean for us today. Fr. Ciorra is an engaging speaker, and I enjoyed every minute of his conferences. I plan on revisiting them soon. Highly recommended, you won’t be disappointed.

  2. Louis Erste, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    *

    Great review of the major documents of Vatican II in light of their call to spiritual growth

  3. Lydia

    I enjoyed the insight

    I enjoyed the insight and in-depth understanding of how the Holy Spirit worked throughout the time of the council. Even though sometimes things did not go as planned, inspired by the Spirit, things went the way they were supposed to.

  4. Harold K., NE

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    “Spirituality” took a different look at the Council than simply an history. it went behind the scene to the heart of the matter.

  5. Douglas J., Australia

    Summer Survey: July 2017

    It helped me to understand the spiritual thrust of Vatican II and thus held before me a vision for the Church

  6. Theresa W., NY

    2018 Spring Survey

    Anything done by Fr. Ciorra is excellent! Also Transforming Trauma, but only the portions done by Dr. James Finley which gave tremendous insight into the stages and levels of the healing process

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