AURORA (WIFR) -- Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York is the next guest in Bishop David J. Malloy’s Year of Faith Lecture series.
The evening begins with prayer by Bishop Malloy at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 21, at Aurora Central Catholic High School auditorium, 1255 North Edgelawn Dr.
Bishop Murphy’s talk begins at 7 p.m. in which he will discuss “How is the Church a Light for Humanity Today? — A Reflection on Lumen Gentium” Lumen Gentium is considered the centerpiece document from Vatican II.
The series is free, but in keeping with the Year of Faith call for increased charity, Bishop Malloy has asked that those who attend bring donations for diocesan Catholic Charities efforts. For the February talk, he has asked for hygiene products, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine items, deodorant, soap, shampoo.
Students from Aurora Central will donate their time to usher, greet and otherwise assist those who attend the talk.
Bishop Murphy’s talk is the first of two lectures scheduled during Lent. The second is scheduled for 7 p.m., March 14 at Christ the Teacher Parish and Newman Catholic Student Center, 512 Normal Road, in DeKalb.
The speaker will be Nancy Wisdo, retired general counsel for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Her topic will be “The Church in the Modern World: The Promise and the Reality of Gaudium et Spes.”
Each speaker in the Year of Faith Lecture Series was personally selected and invited by Bishop Malloy, who will act as host for each lecture, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. with evening prayer.
With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei..., Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" would begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. During this time, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith. In addition to Bishop Malloy’s lecture series, the Rockford Diocese has prepared resources and activities to help the faithful in Northern Illinois in that study. Background and resources can be found at http://yearoffaith.rockforddiocese.org
"I look forward to these lectures being well-attended," said Bishop Malloy. "I truly believe the insights from these very knowledgeable speakers will assist our diocesan Catholic people in fulfilling the request of our Holy Father to deepen their relationship with Christ in this Year of Faith, and provide a rich understanding of church documents and teaching," he said.
After the lecture Bishop Murphy will take questions followed by social time. The public is invited to attend these lectures.
Each lecture will also be available live on the diocesan website at www.rockforddiocese.org.