Western Conversations 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012 8:00 AM
Sunday, October 14, 2012 9:00 AM
Loyola Marymount University
Jesuit Education in the Spirit of Vatican II
Western Conversations 2012 will be held at Loyola Marymount University from 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 12, until 12 noon on Sunday, October 14. The theme for the weekend recognizes the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II and invites reflection on the Council’s significance for Jesuit education. Keynote addresses will explore (1) the historical context of Vatican II and (2) its watershed Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes. Jesuit responses under three successive superiors general will be the focus of a third plenary session and small-group discussions. Another breakout series will give participants an opportunity to become familiar with the text of a selected Council-era document.
Each year faculty members from the six western Jesuit schools gather at a conference known as “Western Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education.” Participants come from Gonzaga University (Spokane), Loyola Marymount University, Santa Clara University, Seattle University, Regis University (Denver), and the University of San Francisco. Designed to probe the mission of Catholic, Jesuit education and explore the contribution of faculty to such mission, this meeting addresses key questions regarding the schools’ identity in today’s changing culture. Each participating institution forms its own delegation of 10 faculty members/administrators. Participants are not necessarily Catholic but typically represent a spectrum of belief positions.