Adult Education

 

Adult Education October 2017

St. Agatha Parish

The Reformation Today

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

October 31st of this year is not only Halloween; it is also the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 theses onto the door of the chapel of the castle at Wittenberg. His action is generally considered the spark that inaugurated the Reformation and will be celebrated this year as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We often think of the Reformation as a completely unified movement. But, in fact, there were five principal reformations, each with a distinctive character. On the five Sundays of October this year Father Edmund Hussey will discuss these reformations and the unique influences each have had on us as we enter the Post-Vatican II Era of the Church.

These programs will be between the masses on Sunday mornings in the parish hall and will begin at 9:30.

October 1: The Lutheran or German Reformation

On the first Sunday of this series Father Edmund Hussey will lead a discussion on the Lutheran Reformation, which gave us the term “Protestant.” 

October 8: The Swiss or Calvinist Reformation

On the second Sunday of this series Father Hussey will discuss the Swiss or Calvinist Reformation, which gave us the term “Reformation.”

October 15: The Anglican or English Reformation

On the third Sunday Father Hussey will discuss the Anglican or English Reformation which was originally a political movement and which somewhat hesitantly accepted many of the Lutheran and Calvinist reforms.

October 22: The Anabaptist or Radical Reformation

On the fourth Sunday of this series Father Edmund Hussey will discuss the numerically smallest of the Reformations but one which had an influence far beyond its size.

October 29: The Catholic or Tridentine Counter-Reformation

On the fifth and final Sunday of this series Father Hussey will discuss the Roman Catholic response to the Protestant Reformations which dominated the Catholic Church until the Second Vatican Council.