Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Laity in Today's Church

The Laity in Today’s Church
A Presentation by
Sister Kate Kuenstler, PHJC, JCD

Saturday, July 21st at 6:30 pm
Lark Community Center
2601 Lark Avenue, McAllen, TX

The Second Vatican Council presented a grand vision of the Church as the People of God. Some twenty years later (in 1983) the Church, based on that vision, produced a new version of its Canon Law containing a collection of rights and responsibilities for the laity, the folks who make up practically all of the Church’s members. This collection has sometimes been called a Constitution or a Bill Rights for the Laity. Sister Kate Kuenstler will speak about these ideas in her presentation.

Sister Kate is a sister of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, has a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, has worked for the Diocese of Belleville (IL) as a canon lawyer, and currently has a private Canon Law practice in Providence, Rhode Island. She was the keynote at the first session of the Lay Congress of the Rio Grande Valley in March 2007 and has spoken on this topic at similar gatherings in Belleville, Upstate New York, Michigan, and Dallas.

Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period.

Anyone interested in hearing about the role of the laity in today’s Catholic Church is highly encouraged to attend.