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Rome Seminar Readings

June 9 - 13, 2019

Participants will be expected to have read the following background materials before the beginning of the Rome Seminar. The list is broken down into nine weekly sets to enable attendees to pace themselves through the material.


Week One: April 7-13

Concept: The history and role of ACCU

Read “Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities” by Richard Yanikoski
Read "ACCU: Connecting, Informing, Strengthening"
Review the main sections of the ACCU website:


Week Two: April 14-20

Concept: Mission on campus

Read brochures in the “Strengthening Catholic Identity” series (all brochures are available for free download from the ACCU store)


Week Three: April 21-27

Concept: Grounding in Catholic higher education governing documents

Read Ex corde Ecclesiae and An Application to the United States
Read Final Report for the Ten Year Review of The Application of Ex corde Ecclesiae to the United States
Read “Canonical Reflections on the Application of Ex corde Ecclesiae,” by Sharon Euart, RSM, in Mission and Identity (pp. 75-82)
Read “Vision for Catholic Education: As I See It,” by Jack P. Calareso, Francesco Cesareo, and Michael C. McFarland (Worcester Telegram, April 2011)
Watch "Ex Corde Ecclesiae: 25 Years to Today," by Sr. Andrea Lee, IHM & Barbara Humphrey McCrabb (ACCU New President's Institute, November 10, 2016; webinar link will be distributed via email to registered participants)


Week Four: April 28 - May 4

Concept: The unique role/model of Catholic higher education in the United States

Read "Final Communique, Educating Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion," from the World Congress, Congregation for Catholic Education (November 2015)
Read "Educating Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion - ACCU Response" (August 15, 2014)
Read "Educating Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion" (Instrumentum Laboris), from the Congregation for Catholic Education (April 2014)
Read “Polytechnic Utiliversity,” by Reinhard Hütter (First Things, November 2013)
Read “A Catholic Academic Revolution,” by David O'Brien in Mission and Identity (pp. 23-35)
Read  “Pursuing Jesuit, Catholic Identity and Mission at U.S. Jesuit Colleges and Universities,” by Charles L. Currie, SJ (Catholic Education, March 2011)
Read Pope Benedict XVI's Address to Catholic Educators (April 2008)


Week Five: May 5-11

Concept: The Roman Curia and how the Church speaks

Read “The Roman Curia and Its Significance for Catholic Higher Education,” by Lorraine Sloma Williams and Michael Galligan-Stierle
Read “The Roman Curia: How the Church is Run,” by Pat McCloskey, OFM (Catholic Report, 1982)
Read The See of Peter: Papal Documents: Categories of Documents
Read "Two Years In, Pope Francis Faces Headwinds in Reforming the Vatican," by David Gibson (Religion News Service, March 10, 2015)
Read "Who are Pope Francis's Critics?" by Ross Douthat (The New York Times, March 12, 2015)
Read "Teaching and Leading Through Dialogue: Pope Francis and Catholic Higher Education," by Joseph Curran (Journal of Catholic Higher Education, volume 34.2, 2015)


Week Six: May 12-18

Read about the offices of the Roman Curia, part 1

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Most Rev. Arthur Roche, Secretary
Congregation for Catholic Education, Most Rev. Vincenzo Zani, Secretary; Rev. Friedrich Bechina, FSO, Undersecretary
"Pope Appoints Cardinal Versaldi as Prefect of The Congregation for Catholic Education" by Gerard O'Connell (America, March 31, 2015)
"Pope's Address to Congregation for Catholic Education" Translated by Virginia M. Forrester (ZENIT, February 9, 2017)
Pontifical Council for Culture, Most Rev. Paul Tighe, Secretary


Week Seven: May 19-25

Read about the offices of the Roman Curia, part 2

Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Rev. Hank Lemoncelli, OMI, Official
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Most Rev. Luis F. Ladaria, SJ, Secretary
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Rev. Anthony Currer, Official
Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Rev. Monsignor Robert Oliver, Secretary
"Boston Priest Named Secretary of Vatican Commission to Protect Minors" by Elise Harris (Catholic News Agency, September 10, 2014)


Week Eight: May 26 - June 1

Meet our speakers

2019 Speaker & Moderator bios


Week Nine: June 2-8

Get acquainted with one another

Participant bios (distributed via e-mail to registered participants)