WTS to Co-Sponsor a Lutheran – Roman Catholic Event

WARTBURG THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE, AND LORAS COLLEGE CO-SPONSOR A LUTHERAN-ROMAN CATHOLIC EVENT OF OBSERVANCE AND CELEBRATION

DUBUQUE, IA – February 6, 2015 – On February 12-13, 2015, Wartburg Theological Seminary, the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and Loras College will co-sponsor a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. This gathering also observes both the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council.

On Thursday evening, February 12, Fr. Thomas O’Meara, O.P., Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and former professor at the Aquinas Institute in Dubuque, will present a lecture, “Times of Change: 1515-2015 Wittenberg, Rome, Dubuque,” at 6:30 p.m. in Ballroom C-D of the Alumni Campus Center at Loras College. His lecture will be preceded by evening prayer at 6:05 p.m.

The celebration will continue on Friday, February 13, on the campus of Wartburg Theological Seminary, in the Loehe Chapel, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The program will include a joint Lutheran-Roman Catholic presentation on the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) by Dr. Janine Idziak, Loras College, and the Rev. Dr. Winston D. Persaud, Wartburg Theological Seminary; worship in the chapel; small-group discussions of the JDDJ; and a closing panel discussion with Fr. O’Meara, Dr. Idziak, and Dr. Persaud. Lunch will also be available for purchase and will begin at 12:35 p.m.; the buffet lunch will include meat and vegetarian options.

Both Thursday and Friday’s programming is free and open to the public. Those interested are asked to register by contacting both Janine Idziak (Janine.Idziak@loras.edu) and Karen Ressel (kressel@wartburgseminary.edu).

Rev. Dr. Samuel D. Giere, Associate Professor of Homiletics & Biblical Interpretation and Director pro tem for the Center for Global Theologies at Wartburg Seminary, says of this event, “The historic observations of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council together with the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification provide Lutheran and Roman Catholic Christians a wonderful opportunity for conversation, fellowship, and prayer in celebration of our common witness to the Triune God. We are deeply grateful for the partnerships that have opened the way for holding this event, in particular the partnership of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Loras College, and Humanities Iowa.”

This event is funded in part by Humanities Iowa. Humanities Iowa’s mission is to enhance the civic life, culture, and identity of Iowans. Drawing on history, literature, philosophy, law and other humanities fields, it fosters life-long learning, critical thinking and community connections. Established in 1971, Humanities Iowa is an independent nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of eight theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wartburg is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and educates women and men to serve the church’s mission as ordained and lay leaders. Established in Dubuque, Iowa in 1854, Wartburg Seminary is in its 161st academic year.