Holy Family Parish
in Concord, Massachusetts, will be hosting scripture scholar Michael O'Laughlin for a three week course on the letters of Paul
entitled Saint Paul and the Empowerment of Women, While often seen and portrayed as being a product of his time in his understanding of women, Dr. O'Laughlin will strive to show that St. Paul actually contributed to a more nuanced appreciation of the women in his communities and for the contributions they were making in the early growth of Christianity.
is part of a year long program of special adult Faith Formation sessions exploring the documents and meaning of the Second Vatican Council
as we celebrate that significant Council's 50th anniversary.
In this session, Father Ritt
will address church from a pastoral perspective as presented in the Council's pastoral constitution on the Church, Gaudium et Spes.
This document treats the reality of the Church in the world and its relation to society and culture.
Paul Ritt has been the pastor of Saint John the Evangelist parish in North Chelmsford for more than ten years.
A regional vicar in the Archdiocese, Paul was ordained in 1981 having graduated from Saint John's Seminary
Subsequent to ordination he
did graduate studies at the Catholic University of America
from which he
earned both the S.T.L. degree [Licentiate] and S.T.D. [Doctorate] degrees.
Returning to Boston, Father Ritt taught at Saint John's seminary for twenty years in areas of Ecclesiology, Christology and systematic theology.