DiNoia to Kick Off Year of Faith Series in Ohio

July 6, 2012

UPDATE:  You may now download a flyer for this event here: What is the New Evangelization? A talk by Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, OP Sacred Heart Radio (740 AM & 89.5 FM) of Cincinnati, OH, announces that Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P., a son of the Province of St. Joseph, will be the first speaker in the Year of Faith series sponsored by the Athenaeum of Ohio.  The Athenaeum of Ohio, also known as Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, is a graduate school of theology and seminary sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The article on the Sacred Heart Radio webpage describes the Year of Faith series: The Athenaeum of Ohio will start of a series of speakers and events for the Year of Faith with a lecture on the New Evangelization by Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, OP, this fall. Archbishop Di Noia, OP, just named Vice President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei this week and previously Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship, will deliver the Athenaeum’s annual Le Blond Lecture on September 12th at 7:30 pm. Just two years ago Pope Benedict XVI established a new Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, and in October the Ordinary Session of the Synod of Bishops will convene to take up the topic of “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” But what is the “new evangelization” and why do we need it? Archbishop Di Noia will answer these questions. The new evangelization, the Athenaeum’s directors say, is nothing more – and nothing less – than the renewal of the mission that the Church received from Christ himself to “go and make disciples of all nations” in today’s changing culture. The Holy Father has called on all bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful to take up this challenge to discover “appropriate responses” to the new situation “so that the entire Church, allowing herself to be regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, may present herself to the contemporary world with a missionary impulse to promote the new evangelization.” A Dominican theologian who recently served as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop DiNoia earned his doctorate in theology at Yale and his licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the Dominican House of Studies. He taught systematic theology at the Dominican House of Studies for twenty years and was an adjunct professor at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies. He served as editor-in-chief of The Thomist and has been a frequent presenter at conferences, workshops, symposia, and other educational meetings. The day following the Le Blond Lecture, Archbishop DiNoia will hold a day of recollection for seminarians from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, Bishop Simon Bruté Seminary, and the Pontifical College Josephinum, and seminarians from the Diocese of Covington. Announced on June 21, the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict will be celebrated around the world between October 12, 2012, and November 24, 2013 and will center on the New Evangelization. An international website, www.annusfidei.va, includes information on events in Rome, catechesis by the Holy Father, and videos, interviews, and documents. Seven martyrs, including Americans Bl. Kateri Takakwitha and Bl. Marianne Cope, will be canoninzed on October 21; representatives from Catholic movements around the world will meet in Rome on May 18; and the Blessed Sacrament will be adored at the same time all over the world on the Feast Corpus Christi, June 2. The Athenaeum’s Year of Faith events will also include presentations by Francis Cardinal George, EWTN host Dr. Ray Guarendi, character education proponent Thomas Lickona; and Dr. Mary Healy, author of Men and Women are from Eden, A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  

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