Vatican II@50 is a series of programs recognizing the worldwide impact of the Second Vatican Council, convened 50 years ago in 1962 by the enormously influential Pope John XXIII. Among the great legacies of Vatican II are increased tolerance of other religious traditions, a celebration of people’s growing awareness of human dignity, and a renewed perspective on sacred music and art. The Rothko Chapel, John and Dominique de Menil’s gift to Houston, now recognized as an international spiritual landmark, would not exist without the achievement of Vatican II. Vatican II@50 will address these and other important questions with lectures, concerts and conversations that focus on the common vision of Vatican II, the de Menils, and the Rothko Chapel.
Sister Pat Farrell, Past President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), will speak of the impact of Vatican II on women in the Church. The LWCR is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. Currently based in Dubuque, Iowa, Sister Pat Farrell has spent over 20 years in ministry, including in Latin America. She also worked in the behavior health field with Spanish-speaking people.