Conference Schedule

“The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: A Celebration”

April 25 – 27, 2013
  • Conference Coordinators:

Dr. Kristin M. Colberg, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota

Dr. Robert A. Krieg, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

Thursday, April 25


McKenna Hall, Auditorium


7:00 p.m.  Welcome and Prayer

Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C.,

University Vice-President for Mission Engagement and Church

Dr. J. Matthew Ashley

Chair, Theology Department, University of Notre Dame


7:15 p.m. Cardinal Kasper’s Life & Theology

Moderator:  Dr. Bradley J. Malkovsky, University of Notre Dame


Dr. Kristin M. Colberg, St. John’s University (Collegeville)

            “Walter Kasper and the Task of Theology.”

Rev. Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P., University of Notre Dame

            “Walter Kasper’s Thinking on the Church: Some Basic Directions.”


8:30 p.m. Reception. McKenna Hall, Atrium


Friday, April 26

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast. McKenna Hall, Atrium


9:00 a.m. Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. McKenna Hall, Auditorium

Moderator:  Dr. Elena G. Procario-Foley, Iona College


Dr. William P. Loewe, Catholic University of America

                        “Walter Kasper’s Jesus the Christ in Retrospect (And Prospect).”

Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Fordham University
            “Wherever . . .: Walter Kasper’s Pneumatology and Beyond.”


10:10 a.m.  Break


10:30 a.m. Theological Anthropology and Jewish-Christian Relations

Moderator:  Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Catholic Theological Union (Chicago)


Dr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., University of Notre Dame

            “The Mystery of Being Human: Christ the Key.”

Dr. Elizabeth T. Groppe, Xavier University (Cincinnati), &

            “Forging a New Path of Shalom:

Kasper’s Contributions to Catholic-Jewish Relations.”


11:40 a.m. Break


12:00 p.m. Conference Luncheon. McKenna Hall, Lower Level


2:30 p.m. The Church and Ecumenical Relations

Moderator:  Dr. Ulrich L. Lehner, Marquette University



Dr. Catherine E. Clifford, St. Paul’s University (Ottawa)

                        “The Tübingen School and Ecumenism.”

Dr. Susan K. Wood, S.C.L., Marquette University

“Unity at the Table: The Ecumenical Challenge.”


3:40 p.m. Break


4:00 p.m. The God of Jesus Christ

Moderator:  Rev. Michael A. Fahey, S.J., Fairfield University



Dr. Anthony J. Godzieba, Villanova University

            “Walter Kasper on the Promise and the Burden of Natural Theology.”

Dr. Cyril J. O’Regan, University of Notre Dame

“Reordering the Trinity: Kasper’s (Dis)continuity with Rahner.”


5:10 p.m. Break


5:20 p.m. Reception. McKenna Hall, Lower Level.


5:45 p.m. Conference Dinner

            Blessing: Dr. Kathleen Cannon, O.P., University of Notre Dame


            Dinner Presentation: Cardinal Kasper in the Catholic Tübingen School

Speaker: Rev. John R. Sachs, S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

Tübinger Katholizismus in a New Key:

Cardinal Walter Kasper’s Vision and Hope for Ecumenism.”


Slide presentation: Dr. Robert A. Krieg, University of Notre Dame

“Images of Tübingen and Its Catholic Theologians.”



Dr. John Betz, University of Notre Dame

            Dr. Francesca A. Murphy, University of Notre Dame


7:30 p.m. A Celebration of Cardinal Kasper’s Birthday (March 5)

                        McKenna Hall, Atrium


Saturday, April 27

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast. McKenna Hall, Atrium


9:00 a.m. The Legacy of Cardinal Kasper. McKenna Hall, Auditorium

Moderator:  Rev. Paul V. Kollman, C.S.C., University of Notre Dame


Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., University of Notre Dame

            “Dialogue, Communion, and the Reality of the Church:

                        The Ecumenical Achievements of Cardinal Walter Kasper.”

Dr. Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School

            “Revelation, History, and Freedom:

The Distinctive Gestalt of Kasper’s Theology.”


10:10 a.m. Break


10:30 a.m. The Challenges Facing Contemporary Theology

Moderator:  Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, University of Notre Dame

Speaker: Cardinal Walter Kasper, Rome

            “Doing Theology Today.”

Respondent:  Dr. John C. Cavadini, University of Notre Dame


11:45 p.m. Conclusion

Dr. J. Matthew Ashley, University of Notre Dame


12:00 p.m. Closing Luncheon, McKenna Hall, Lower Level


5:00 p.m.  Mass, Cardinal Walter Kasper, Presider & Preacher

                        The Basilica of the Sacred Heart