Newsletter, May 2010 – Preliminary Program/ Detroit National Council

INVITATION: National Council in Detroit
June 10-12, 2011 / Discounted Early Registration

We are excited to devote this issue of our newsletter to the developing program for the first National Council, convening next year in Detroit.  Working together and listening to all the baptized people of God, we CAN change our Church. We invite you to:
  • Celebrate with us;
  • Learn about the history and possibilities for our Church;
  • Learn about your rights and responsibilities;
  • Voice your concerns and your dreams;
  • Be part of the future of our Church;
Registration is now open. To Register, use the link on the left column. Take advantage of significant discounts with Early Bird Registration through July 31, 2010.


— Janet Hauter & John Hushon

Co-Chairs, American Catholic Council, Inc.

Program Overview


What? A Council, called by the baptized members of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. to celebrate the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II.  Join with thousands of Catholics committed to re-energizing the Church as we …

  • Celebrate and recommit to principles of Vatican II;
  • Share in the fruits of nationwide listening sessions;
  • Explore how to work toward an inclusive, responsible, and open Church that accepts us all where we are and affirms our right and obligation in conscience, to participate in ministry and sacraments for all;
  • Create an action plan to realize more fully the ecclesial vision of Vatican II;

When? Pentecost Weekend: June 10-12, 2011

Where? Detroit Convention Ctr/Marriott Renaissance Ctr

  • The same location where Cardinal Dearden, 35 years ago, convened Call to Action-the response of the American Catholic Church to the spiritual motifs and reforms of Vatican II;
  • Detroit’s new Renaissance waterfront with street musicians, river boat, family entertainment — all connected by art-laced paths, gardens, amphitheaters, and a new monorail;

For Whom? All the baptized People of God.  Many international visitors plan to attend.  Join us in this landmark! event and meet thousands of Catholics committed to re-energizing our Church.

The final program is still in development as we plan to incorporate the “signs of the times” gleaned from local and regional assemblies that will continue to take place through the Spring of 2011. But we know the National Council will be built around plenary sessions with keynote addresses by distinguished speakers, “Voicing” sessions that provide opportunity for all to express their hopes about the future of our Church, great music (both gospel and traditional), liturgical dance, strategic planning workshops on how we move forward after Detroit, a participative and memorable Pentecost liturgy, workshops, art, an Exhibition Hall …and hopefully, a re-commitment to a vibrant, inclusive Church.


Keynote Presenters (in order of planned appearance)

Hans Kung: KungSwiss theologian, educator, author, global ethicist and ecumenist; Expert advisor at Vatican II and outspoken champion of the reforms instituted by that Council; Ordained in 1955, with degrees from Pontifical Gregorian, Sorbonne, and other noted graduate schools of theology. (Dr. Kung’s presentation will be in the form of an interview recounting his experiences at Vatican II and thereafter, live or filmed, depending upon his health.  The film will be available after the Council in either event.)

RodriguezJeanette Rodriguez: Professor and chair in the Dept.  of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University; Author of books and articles concentrated in the areas of U.S. Hispanic theology, theologies of liberation, women studies, peace-building, justice education, and genocide studies. Member of the Academy of Hispanic Theologians in the United States.  Previous vice chair of Pax Christi-USA; Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

PadovanoAnthony T. Padovano: Author, theologian, pastor and worldwide lecturer;  PhDs in theology and literature; Visiting professor at twenty-five American colleges and universities; Graduate of the American College in Rome and ordained to the priesthood in 1960; First president of CORPUS; Distinguished professor of literature and philosophy at Ramapo College of New Jersey;  Pastor of The Inclusive Community where Catholics and Protestants worship together.

CarrollJames Carroll: Author and distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University; Columnist for the Boston Globe; His recent book Practicing Catholic (2009) explores what it means to be Catholic today; BA and MA degrees from St. Paul’s College, Washington DC; Ordained to priesthood; Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; Fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at the Harvard Divinity School; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Townsend-KennedyKathleen Kennedy Townsend: Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and eldest daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy; Graduate of Radcliffe; JD, University of New Mexico;  Numerous government posts including in the offices of attorney general in the US and Maryland; Member of the Council of Foreign Relations; Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government; Author and raconteur of “growing up Catholic” in the post-Vatican II era.

ChittisterJoan Chittister: Member of the Benedictine community and former Prioress in Erie, PA; One of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our time, writing and speaking on behalf of justice and equality both in the Church and in society;  Her many awards include the U.S. Catholic magazine award for Furthering the Cause of Women in the Church; Nine of her 40 books have received Catholic Press Association recognition; Graduate degrees from Notre Dame and Penn State; Regular columnist for National Catholic Reporter.

Vatican II Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy SpiritWe stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our limitations, but aware that we gather in your name.

Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts. Give us light and strength to know your will, to make it our own and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, for you are God, sharing the glory of our Creator and Savior. You desire justice for all. Enable us to uphold the rights of others.

Do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favor. Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true as we gather in your name.

May we temper justice with love, so that all our decisions may be pleasing to you and earn the reward you promised to good and faithful servants. You live and reign with our Creator and our Savior, One God, forever and ever. AMEN!

Please forward this Newsletter to others who you feel are longing for a Renewed Catholic Church and may be interested in joining us in Detroit next June.  THANK YOU!!

The American Catholic Council, Inc.

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