Local Religious education

Vatican promotes archdiocesan livestream lectures

by Joe Bollig

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An archdiocesan lecture series offered online for the Year of Faith is getting some worldwide play.

The Vatican II Lecture Series — scheduled for Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5 and 12 at Holy Spirit Parish in Overland Park — will also be livestreamed over the Internet.

The presenters are Archbishop Emeritus James P. Keleher,and Augustinian Father John Melnick of Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kan.

The series has even generated interest across the United States and in places as far away as Singapore and Malaysia, thanks to promotion on the Vatican website’s official calendar for the Year of Faith.

“The Vatican website has set up a special place for the Year of Faith, called annusfidei.va,” said Tim Chik, director of the Savior Pastoral Center. “On that site they have a listing of the official events of the Year of Faith, done by the universal church and various episcopal conferences and dioceses.”

About six months ago, the archdiocesan office of evangelization and Catholic formation applied for the lecture series to be placed on that official Vatican event list.

“[The series] was specifically targeted to one of the goals of the Holy Father, which was for the faithful to learn more about the Second Vatican Council,” said Chik.

The listing can be found online by going to: annusfidei.va, clicking on “events” at the top of the menu bar, and then clicking on the heading “Experience the Riches of Vatican II.” Future lectures in the series will also be posted on this website.

To host a streaming site, contact Matt Karr by email at: ecat@ archkck.org, or Tim Chik at tchik@ archkck.org.

About the author

Joe Bollig

Joe has been with The Leaven since 1993. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in journalism. Before entering print journalism he worked in commercial radio. He has worked for the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press and Sun Publications in Overland Park. During his journalistic career he has covered beats including police, fire, business, features, general assignment and religion. While at The Leaven he has been a writer, photographer and videographer. He has won or shared several Catholic Press Association awards, as well as Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara awards for mission coverage. He graduated with a certification in catechesis from a two-year distance learning program offered by the Maryvale Institute for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education at Old Oscott, Great Barr, in Birmingham, England.

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