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Second Vatican Council Focus of Diocesan Priest Study Day


On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, more than 60 priests from the Diocese of Raleigh attended a study day at Our Lady of Lourdes’ Fallon Center in Raleigh.

The keynote speaker, Rev. Msgr. Michael K. Magee, presented “The Second Vatican Council: a Vision of the Church for a New Era.” Msgr. Magee, an associate professor at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, spoke about the Second Vatican Council as an intervention of the Holy Spirit for the present era. He spoke about the history of the Church, as well as the Year of Faith.

“The Year of Faith is an invitation for us,” Msgr. Magee said to those gathered. “It’s a time to renew ourselves by going back into our sources, especially those sources in which the Holy Spirit speaks in a very powerful way to our age, chief among these ways are the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the work that comes from it, notably the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

Fr. Ryszard Kolodziej, pastor of Saint Brendan in Shallotte, said he attended the study day to enrich his faith and learn more about the history of the Second Vatican Council.

While the day was an opportunity to learn, it was also a time for camaraderie. “It’s always nice to get together with the priests,” said Fr.  Robert F. Ippolito, M.S., pastor of Saint Stephen in Sanford. “I always look forward to study days.”

Following the presentation, priests discussed relevant topics and had lunch together. Next week, priests from the Diocese of Raleigh will attend their annual retreat, which will be held in Wrightsville Beach.

Above: Msgr. Michael K. Magee during a presentation at Diocesan Priest Study Day, held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh.