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September 17, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 22

COMMENTARY

Legacy of Vatican II session to be set in Richmond, Chesapeake

“Open Wide the Windows! — Celebrating the Legacy of Vatican II” will be the theme of an event featuring Bishop Donald Trautman, retired bishop of Erie, Pa., to be held at both St. Edward Church in Richmond on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and at St. Therese Church in Chesapeake on Wednesday, Oct. 10, both at 7 p.m.

Bishop Trautman, 76, has been Bishop of the Erie Diocese for 22 years. He will officially retire from that position on Oct. 1 when his successor, Bishop Lawrence T. Persico, is installed.

He has served two elected terms as the chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy. He studied for the priesthood in Innsbruck, Austria where he received his licentiate in Sacred Theology. He earned a doctorate in Sacred Theology from St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome.

As a young priest, he was an observer at all of the sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

Bishop Trautman played a prominent role in translation issues relative to the Lectionary and New Roman Missal. He is the former chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine.

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