Vatican II



As our small study group has studied the rich resources of Vatican II, and learned about the impact of this Council on the whole church, we’ve put together a list of some of the study tools we’ve found most useful. We recommend the following, and would love to hear about other resources that you’ve found useful. We will also list events here that we plan, to help people learn more about Vatican II.

Upcoming Events

Vatican II:

Teaching and Understanding the Council After 50 Years

Sept. 20-22, 2012

University of St. Thomas St. Paul, Minnesota

Keynote Speakers

Father John O'Malley, S.J., Ph.D.

University Professor, Georgetown University

Father Jan Michael Jonas, S.L.D., S.L.L.

Associate Professor of Catholic Studies and Theology, University of St. Thomas

Sister Maureen Sullivan, O.P., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology, St. Anselm College

Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., Ph.D.

Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion,University of St. Thomas

For more information please visit


101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II

by Maureen Sullivan, OP

The Road to Vatican II (Key Changes in Theology)

by Maureen Sullivan, OP

Documents of Vatican II

The Emerging Laity: Vocation, Spirituality, Mission

by Aurelie Hagstrom

Vatican II in Plain English, Three Volume Set

by Bill Huebsch


by Richard P. McBrien

What Happened at Vatican II?

Vatican II: Did Anything Happen?

by John O’Malley, SJ


Author of Reform: Cardinal Suenens

The Vision of Vatican II for Today: Michael Himes


Church in the 21st Century

Vatican II wikipedia entry

Time Magazine article on Pope John XXIII

Vatican II Voice of the Church

Audio Presentations

What happened at Vatican II

(lecture podcast at Boston College)

Laity and the Governance of the Church

(lecture podcast at BC)