Gannon University Hosts Second Annual Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture

Posted: March 18, 2016

 The Rev. Joseph Komonchak, Ph.D., professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America and is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York, will deliver the second annual Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology at Gannon University.

The lecture, entitled " Vatican II as an event?" will be given on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Alumni Room of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. The lecture will examine the influence of the Second Vatican Council on the contemporary world and on the life of the Church, during a year that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Council's conclusion.

Eric Dart, instructor of theology at Gannon and organizer of the lecture said of Komonchak, "He is a leading English- speaking expert on the Second Vatican Council. Anyone seriously investigating the significance of Vatican II can't do so without coming into contact with the work of Fr. Komonchak."

A New York native, Komonchak was educated at Cathedral College, New York, and at St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, New York, from which he received an A.B. degree in 1960. From 1960 to 1964 he studied at the North American College and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York in 1963 and earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Gregorian in 1964 and a Ph.D. in theology in 1976 from Union Theological Seminary in New York. From 1967 until 1977, Komonchak was a faculty member of St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. In 1977, he joined the faculty of the Department of Religion and Religious Education at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

A specialist in the history and theology of the Second Vatican Council, he is the editor of the English edition of the five- volume History of Vatican II. He is also the author of "Foundations in Ecclesiology" and has published well over a hundred articles in journals such as Concilium, Cristianiesimo nella Storia, The Journal of Religion, The Review of Politics, Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique, Theological Studies, and The Thomist.

The lecture was made possible by a donation by Attorney Paul "Mickey" Pohl in honor of Bishop-Emeritus Donald Trautman, who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Erie from 1990-2012 as well as Chairperson of the Gannon University Board of Trustees. The Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by here or by calling (814) 871-7334.