Vatican II at 50: A Symposium

The Church in the Third Millennium: Identity and Mission

The inaugural forum of the Symposium, The Church in the Third Millennium: Identity and Mission, will be held at Loyola Marymount's University Hall on October 11. It will feature a discussion of recovering the dignity of the laity and the explosion of lay ministries, evangelization, and (re)discovering the Asian Church by theologians and scholars.


Dorian Llywelyn, S.J., Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University

Panel Discussion
Thomas Rausch, S.J., Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University
Laurie Wright Garry, Ph.D., Mount St. Mary's College
Allan Deck, S.J., Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University
Tracy Tiemeier, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University

Responses and Q&A
Michael Horan, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University
Edith Prendergast, R.S.C., D.Min., Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Mark Fischer, Ph.D., St. John's Seminary


Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J., S.T.D. is the Charles S. Casassa Chair of Catholic Social Values at Loyola Marymount University. He has served in a number of academic, administrative and leadership positions. As a newly ordained priest he was parish administrator of our Lady of Guadalupe Church in the Delhi barrio of Santa Ana. He was named first diocesan Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Orange Diocese. In 2007 he was called to serve as first Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and trustee emeritus of the University of San Francisco. Father Deck has authored two books, edited five others and published more than 50 articles on pastoral theology, Hispanic ministry, Catholic Social Doctrine, spirituality, and faith, culture and intercultural competence.

Mark Fischer, Ph.D. is professor of Pastoral Theology and director of Admissions at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. Although he trained in systematic theology, writing a dissertation on continental hermeneutics and the theology of tradition, his experience with church consultation and planning qualifies him to teach pastoral theology as well as dogmatic topics. Active in national theological and professional organizations having to do with pastoral planning, Dr. Fischer has published two books about pastoral councils, co-edited a third, and hosts an internet web site on parish pastoral councils.

Laurie Wright Garry, Ph.D. is associate professor of Religious Studies at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. Her area of academic specialization is Systematic Theology. Dr. Wright Garry is a current member and past Board Member of the College Theology Society. She belongs to the American Academy of Religion and was an active member of its Women's Caucus for several years. She is a member of the Pat Reiff Memorial Committee which sponsors annual lectures by world renowned theologians. Dr. Wright Garry is especially interested in issues of Pedagogy and Religious Studies.

Michael Horan, Ph.D. is professor of Religious Education and Pastoral Theology at Loyola Marymount University. For the past ten years, Dr. Horan has taught Catholic lay ministers and Catholic school teachers in graduate programs at LMU and in various universities throughout the nation each summer. Michael Horan is an author of two works on the General Directory for Catechesis, numerous articles and essays. A national speaker on topics in religious education and youth ministry, Dr. Horan is a contributing author of Blest Are We, the parish and school religious education series published by Silver Burdett Ginn. Locally, Dr. Horan has served on the Advisory Board for the Office of Pastoral Associates for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and on the Board of Directors of St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California.

Dorian Llywelyn, S.J., Ph.D. is associate professor of Theological Studies and director of Catholic Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He teaches in the area of Christian Spirituality, specializing in the area of Catholic faith and culture. A native of Wales and a member of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, he has lived and worked in Wales, England, France, Spain, Egypt, Indonesia and the United States. He is the author of Sacred Place, Chosen People: Land and Nationality in Welsh Spirituality and Toward a Catholic Theology of Nationality.

Edith Prendergast, R.S.C., D.Min. is currently the director of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and directs the Annual Religious Education Congress. This event attracts over 40,000 participants annually. She holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Claremont School of Theology, and a Master's Degree in Theology from Boston College. She is a frequent speaker nationally and locally and has written and contributed to several articles on Spirituality and Catechesis.

Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., Ph.D. is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University. A specialist in the areas of Christology, ecclesiology, and ecumenism, he has published 18 books and over 250 articles and reviews. He has lectured internationally and his works have been translated into nine different languages. Father Rausch was a member of the U.S. Catholic/Southern Baptist Conversation 1994-2001 and one of the signatories of the Richard John Neuhaus/Charles Colson Evangelicals and Catholics Together 1997 document, "The Gift of Salvation." In 2001 he was appointed to the Roman Catholic/World Evangelical Alliance Consultation and serves as co-chair of the Los Angeles Catholic-Evangelical Committee. He is presently is a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation, USA. He also co-chairs the Theological Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier, Ph.D. is assistant professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Holding a PhD in Systematic Theology (with a minor in Comparative Theology) from Boston College, Dr. Tiemeier teaches and researches in the areas of Comparative Theology, Theological Anthropology, Faith and Cultures, Asian and Asian American Theology, Feminist Theology, Women in Religion, and Hinduism. Her current research project involves questions concerning Asian American women’s self-understandings and how the Tamil devotional poetry of the female Alvar, Antal, can shed light on contemporary questions of self.