Catholic ecclesiology stands at the threshold of a new moment in the reception of the Second Vatican Council. The election of Pope Francis—coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the council—has inspired a fresh consideration of its teaching in such diverse areas as ecumenism, inculturation, missiology, and ministry.
The chapters in this volume have their origin in a special symposium honoring the ecclesiological legacy of Thomas F. O'Meara, OP. The symposium called together over forty leading North American scholars in order to discuss the future of Catholic theological reflection on the church—a conversation that offers an entry into some of the most pressing issues in ecclesiology today.
|Stephen Bevans, SVD||Vincent Miller||Susan K. Wood, SCL|
|Paul Lakeland||Richard R. Gaillardetz||Edward P. Hahnenberg|
|Natalia M. Imperatori-Lee||Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM||Michael A. Fahey, SJ|
Richard R. Gaillardetz, (1958-2023), held the Joseph Chair of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College. He published numerous articles and authored or edited ten books, including Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II (co-authored with Catherine Clifford), published by Liturgical Press, and was a contributor to Give Us This Day. Dr. Gaillardetz was a delegate on the US Catholic–Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue and served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America between 2013 and 2014.
Edward P. Hahnenberg holds the Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University. He is the author of four books—including Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call and Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers, both published by Liturgical Press—and numerous articles in academic and pastoral journals. He is a contributor to Give Us This Day. Dr. Hahnenberg is a past consultant to the US Bishops Subcommittee on Lay Ministry and current delegate to the US Lutheran–Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue.