Call to Action
Rio Grande Valley
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Fifty Years of Vatican II:
Reflections and Celebrations
Call to Action-Rio Grande Valley (CTA-RGV) is sponsoring  a series of events over the next several years to reflect on and
celebrate the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the Catholic Church and the world over the fifty years since the first
session opened on October 11, 1962.
In this series, it is not being proposed that the Council sessions and documents be studied directly, but, instead what will be
looked at is what has happened between 1962 and now:  promises fulfilled, opportunities lost, and so forth.  The organizing
principle will be to examine how what was approved by the Council Fathers has played out in the real world of the Church.  
The major Constitutions of the Council will provide an outline:  

The Church (Lumen Gentium),
The Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium),
The Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes), and
Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae).

The proposed events will occur over a period of possibly two to two-and-a-half years and would have different sorts of
formats, presentations, workshops, and so forth.
The Council Fathers, over 2000 bishops, gathered for the opening session in St. Peter's Basilica
On February 21, 2013, in the parish hall at St. John the Baptist
Parish in San Juan, Call to Action-Rio Grande Valley (CTA-RGV)
sponsored the introductory session of the series of events
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.
The evening included a brief overview of the Council followed by an
opportunity to reflect on and respond to two questions:  
impact has the Vatican Council had on your life?
 What is your
sense of its impact on the Church
?  A panel, including clergy and
laypersons from the Valley, responded to these questions and
those attending had an opportunity to share their thoughts as well.
Approximately fifty people from the Valley attended.  The panel
consisted of Father Jerry Frank from St. John the Baptist, Robert
Schmidt from Juan Diego Academy, Alva Pena, and Nelly
Dominguez, parishioners from St. John's.
Introductory Session
Second Session
At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the McAllen Public Library, Call to Action-Rio
Grande Valley (CTA-RGV) sponsored the second session in a series of events celebrating the
50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.
The evening featured a talk by Father Tony Pogorelc of the Catholic University of America on
Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium).  Father Pogorelc presented
his views of the impact of this teaching of the Council on the Church, particularly in the United
States, in the fifty years since Vatican II convened.
Father Pogorelc is a sociologist and fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic
Studies at The Catholic University of America, where he directs the Changing Spirituality of
Emerging Adults project (  A Sulpician priest, he is on the faculty of the
University Seminary, Theological College.  He holds a M.Div. from St. Michaels College of the
University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.  Specializing in the sociology of religion,
his research focuses on emerging adults, professional ministers, and social movements.  He is the
author of “Lessons from the Economic Pastoral: Modeling the Way of Holiness” in
Voting and
edited by Nicholas Cafardi, and coauthor (with William D’Antonio) of Voices of the
Faithful: Loyal Catholics Striving for Change.
Father Anthony Pogorelc, S.S.
At 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, at the St. John the Baptist Parish church in San Juan,
Call to Action-Rio Grande Valley (CTA-RGV) will sponsor the third session in a series of events
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

The featured speaker will be Father Charles E. Curran, the Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor
of Human Values at Southern Methodist University.  Father Curran has received the highest awards
from the Catholic Theological Society of America and the College Theology Society.  He is a member
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His 2008 book,
Catholic Moral Theology in the
United States: A History
, won the 2008 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly
Excellence in Theology and Religion.

Father Curran will speak on Fifty Years After The Vatican Council.  This third session in CTA-RGV’s
series on the Council is scheduled to conclude at 9:00 pm and will include an opportunity for
questions and discussion from the audience.

St. John the Baptist Parish is located at 216 South 1st Street in San Juan, just south of the Basilica
property.  For more information, contact Gerald Brazier at  Do not contact the
Third Session
Father Charles Curran