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Cardinal Dulles, S.J., marks 40th anniversary of Vatican II

Loyola press release - October 9, 2002

An extraordinary Jesuit and theologian, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S. J., will speak on Saturday, October 12, at 4 p.m., in the Nunemaker Auditorium in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The lecture is sponsored by the Loyola Institute for the Study of Catholic Culture and Tradition and part of the Biever Guest Lecture Series.

Dulles has been called the preeminent Catholic theologian in this country for nearly four decades. Currently, he is the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University. He has received 21 honorary doctorates and at age 83, is an internationally know author and lecturer, having written 21 books and more than 650 articles, essays and reviews. He has the extraordinary distinction of being a Jesuit priest who was made a cardinal on account of his distinguished service to the Church.

Dulles is a convert to Catholicism, a process he began while receiving his education at Harvard University. He continued at Harvard to earn a law degree and then served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government and continued his military service in Italy.

Dulles is from a family with long ties to high levels of American government. His great-grandfather, John W. Foster, and his great-uncle, Robert Lansing had served as U.S. Secretary of State. His father, John Foster Dulles, served as Secretary of State under Dwight D. Eisenhower.