Collegeville Institute Hosts Reception for Catholic-Lutheran Dialogues September 21, 2023 By Collegeville Institute Leave a Comment Martin Wells, Collegeville Institute Acting Executive Director, holding up Fr. Kilian’s portrait for the Dialogue members to view. Catholic-Lutheran conversation began in 1964, just before Fr. Kilian McDonnell founded the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in 1967. Over the years these discussions, now formalized as official U.S. Dialogues, have produced twelve volumes of material considering topics such as “The Status of the Nicene Creed as Dogma of the Church” (1965) and “Papal Primacy and the Universal Church” (1973). Such Dialogues, now happening worldwide, resulted in the publication of From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. The Benedictine campuses of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University were privileged to host a meeting of the current Dialogue in mid-September, and the Collegeville Institute and the Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary sponsored a closing reception and dinner to thank the scholars for their work. (Serendipitously, the current Dialogue met over Fr. Kilian’s 102nd birthday.) It is thrilling for us to see such faithful ecumenical work continuing after a daring start in the formative years of the Collegeville Institute. Back Row, l-r: Abbot John Klassen, Father Walter Kedjierski, Dr. Ian McFarland, Dr. Derek Nelson, Dr. Boyd Coolman, Dr. Shawn Colberg, Dr. David Monaco, Dr. Justin Nickel, Rev. Martin Wells;Front Row, l-r: Dr. Nelson Rivera-Garcia, Sister Ann Marie Biermaier, Mattew Cortese, Dr. Joy Schroeder, Bishop Patricia Lull, Bishop Denis Madden, Dr. Katherine Shaner, Dr. Peter Casarella, Pastor Carmelo Santos, Sister Susan Wood Like this post? Subscribe to have new posts sent to you by email the same day they are posted.