Many throughout the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation on October 31 of this year. We cannot celebrate this anniversary, nor can we ignore it. The Cathedral is offering a series of classes regarding the History and Identity of our Catholic Faith, reviewing the first 1500 years of our Church as well as a “Catholic Retrospective” of the last 500 years.
Dr. Cheryl White, Associate Professor of History LSU-Shreveport, and Father Peter Mangum, our pastor, and several others will offer classes open to all parishioners and anyone else interested. Below please find a calendar of events.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “the Church is in history, but at the same time, she transcends it. It is only with the eyes of faith that one can see her in her visible reality and at the same time in her spiritual reality as bearer of divine life.” (CCC 770)
In conjunction with the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation (1517 – 2017), the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans hopes to use this milestone in human history to focus a comprehensive and retrospective look at Church history, the Reformation, and the resulting painful divisions. Our prayers during this time will be for the restoration of unity among all Christians.