1517-2017: Lutherans and Catholics, Then and Now

September 14-15, 2017


The conference, “Lutherans and Catholics, Then and Now,” was held September 14 to 15, 2017, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Wittenberg or Lutheran Reformation.  It provided a meaningful opportunity for Lutherans and Catholics to reflect together on the momentous theological, historical, cultural, and global implications unfolding from the events surrounding the Reformation and in the five decades of dialogue since the Second Vatican Council.  Video from the conference is available below.


Thursday, September 14 

Welcome and Keynote Presentations | VIDEO (new window)

Dr. John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University

John W. O’Malley, S.J., University Professor, Theology, Georgetown University
“Martin Luther, Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II”

Kenneth G. Appold, James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History, Princeton Theological Seminary
“Lutheran-Catholic Colloquies of the 16th Century and Today”

Ecumenical Service of Word and Song for a Common Commemoration of the Reformation 

Bishop Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Baltimore
Bishop Richard Graham, Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Bishop Latrelle Easterling, United Methodist Church

Friday, September 15 

First Session: “What Is Distinctive about the Fifth Centenary of the Lutheran Reformation?” | VIDEO (new window)

Christine Helmer, Visiting Corcoran Professor of Christian-Jewish Relations (Boston College) and Professor of German and Religious Studies (Northwestern University)
Peter Neuner, Professor Emeritus, Catholic Theological Faculty, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich
John Borelli, Special Assistant to the President for Catholic Identity and Dialogue, Georgetown University (Moderator)

Second Session: “Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue: Accomplishments and Challenges” | VIDEO (new window)

Kathryn Johnson, Director, Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Susan K. Wood, SCL, Professor, Systematic Theology, Marquette University
Christopher Bellitto, Chair and Associate Professor of History, Kean University (Moderator)

Third Session:  “Martin Luther, Ignatius of Loyola and (the) Catholic Tradition” | VIDEO (new window)

Philip D.W. Krey, President Emeritus, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
David Collins, S.J., Associate Professor, History, Georgetown University
Amy Leonard, Associate Professor, History, Georgetown University 
Leo Lefebure, Matteo Ricci, S.J., Professor of Theology, Georgetown University (Moderator)

Fourth Session: “Teaching the Reformation after 50 Years of Dialogue: A Panel Discussion” | VIDEO (new window)

Alfred J. Acres, Chair and Associate Professor, Art and Art History, Georgetown University
Julia Lamm, Professor, Theology, Georgetown University
Jo Ann H. Moran Cruz, Associate Professor, History, Georgetown University
Philip D.W. Krey, President Emeritus, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Gerard Mannion, Joseph and Winifred Amaturo Chair in Catholic Studies, Georgetown University (Moderator)

Support for 1517-2017: Lutherans and Catholics, Then and Now comes from:

The Office of the President
Paulist Press
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Department of History
Department of Theology
Office of Mission and Ministry