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Cardinal Dulles to Examine the Role of Laity in U.S

Contact: Michael Larkin
(212) 636-7175

NEW YORK — Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University, will deliver the spring McGinley lecture, “The Mission of the Laity,” on Wednesday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in the Leonard Theatre at Fordham Preparatory School on the Rose Hill campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Cardinal Dulles will trace the history of the laity’s role in the Church, as he discusses the developing involvement of the laity since the beginning of the twentieth century and the impetus given to their mission by recent popes. While presenting the teaching of Vatican II and the three major statements of the United States Bishops on the laity, he will also clarify the confusion over the use of the terms “ministry and ministers” by explaining the use of these terms in the New Testament.

TIME:      8 P.M.
                FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
               441 E. FORDHAM ROAD, BRONX, N.Y.    

Fordham University’s McGinley Chair in Religion and Society was established in 1985 as a tribute to Laurence J. McGinley, S.J., who first attained distinction as a professor of theology and later served as president of Fordham University from 1948 to 1963. The McGinley lectures explore the relationship between religion and current social and political issues.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y. 

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