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Re-exploring Vatican II

As part of our preparations for the Jubilee Year 2025, we were asked to re-visit Vatican II.

Vatican II
Catholic Social Action
Care for Creation
The Irenaeus Project

The second Vatican Council, or Vatican II was the most recent ecumenical council of the CatholicChurch. It ran from 1962 to 1965, with the ambition of completing the unfinished task of Vatican I (1869-1870) and ecumenical outreach to the Modern World.

There were four constitutions – Sacronsanctum Concilium, Lumen Gentium, Dei Verbum and
Gaudiem et spes – and nine decrees: Inter mirifica, Orientalium Ecclesaiarum, Unitatis redintegratio,
Christus Dominus, Perfectae caritatis, Optatam totius, Apostpolicam actuositatem, Ad gentes and
Presbyterorum ordinis – and three declarations – Gravissimum Educationis, Nostra Aetate, Dignitatis

You can view these documents below.

Monsignor Peter Fleetwood, a priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool currently based in Rome, has
authored a paper called The Year of Council: Sharing Faith in the Diocese of Westminster. We thank
the Diocese of Westminster for sharing this with us!

Pondering and Praying Vatican II

Archbishop John Wilson has released a book called Pondering and Praying Vatican II in February 2024.

He launched the book in Liverpool, at Pauline Books and Media. You can buy the book below.

In collaboration with the Archdiocese of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University is organising a series of lectures and seminars, exploring the four Constitutions of Vatican II.

These events are free and available to everyone, but places are limited and therefore it is essential to book tickets in advance.

The dates and speakers are as follows:

  • Thursday 7 December: Paul McPartlan (Lumen Gentium)
  • Wednesday 17 January: Peter McGrail (Sacrosanctum Concilium)
  • Wednesday 28 February: Pat Jones (Gaudium et Spes)

Both the seminar and lectures will take place at Liverpool Hope University.

  • The seminars will run from 3pm - 4:30pm - The seminars are open to anyone, however they will particularly focus on discussions about pastoral ministries and are therefore ideal for pastoral ministers including priests,deacons, chaplains, readers, catechists and liturgists.
  • Refreshments from 4:30pm - 5:30pm  
  • The lectures will start at 5:30pm – 7pm

For those who can’t attend in person, a link can be sent for you to view the lecture only online.

The lectures and seminar details