Sunday, June 07, 2009

Presentation by Dr. Kenneth Howell, Sunday, June 7, at the Oratory

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales


Corpus Christi: How and Why the Church Celebrates the Eucharist


~ a short history of the Feast of Corpus Christi ~

~ St. Juliana, Pope Urban IV, St. Thomas ~

~ interior beauty of Christ’s Eucharistic Presence in our churches and homes ~

A Presentation by Professor Kenneth J. Howell, PhD

Director & Professor of Theology, St. John Institute of Catholic Thought
Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Studies, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Sunday, June 7, 2009

12:00 noon

Oratory Hall, St. Francis de Sales Oratory

Admission free

~donation to Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, Inc. gratefully accepted ~

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales cordially welcome Professor Howell, and cordially invite all faithful at the Oratory and their friends to hear Professor Howell’s presentation on “Corpus Christi: How and Why the Church Celebrates the Eucharist.”.

This presentation will take place on Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2009.

At the Oratory, the Feast of Corpus Christi will be celebrated on Thursday, June 11, 2009, and as an External Solemnity on Sunday, June 14, 2009, with a Solemn High Mass and Eucharistic Procession.

Corpus Christi Mass times:  Thursday at 8 AM (Low Mass), and 6:30 PM (Solemn High Mass); Sunday at 8 AM (Low Mass) and 10 AM (Solemn High Mass with procession.) 


Dr. Howell is a noted professor of theology currently teaching at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has written numerous books and articles on various subjects related to the Faith, notably on science and religion. His articles and columns have appeared in the popular apologetics magazine “This Rock.” The subject of his current research and anticipated new publications is the Holy Eucharist, a recurring theme in many of his previous works.

Corpus Christi is Latin for “body of Christ.” The institution of this feast by Pope Urban IV dates back to 1264. St. Thomas Aquinas’ hymns composed specifically for this feast (e.g. Pange lingua, Tantum ergo) have since become well-loved main staple in the Church’s liturgical celebrations of the Holy Eucharist.

The origin of this feast and its theological implications are specifically Roman Catholic, and as such, have been especially appreciated by those who are drawn into the Roman Catholic Church by the love of the Holy Eucharist.

Dr. Howell was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1978. For 18 years, he ministered as a pastor and instructor of theology and biblical exegesis. The study of “the Last Supper” and his subsequent study of the Catholic understanding of the Holy Eucharist played a pivotal role in his decision to be received into the Roman Catholic Church.

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