November 7, 2013 (Louisville, KY) Bishop Donald W. Trautman, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Erie, will speak on “The Legacy Of The Constitution On The Sacred Liturgy And Its Significance For The Life Of The Church” on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Epiphany Parish, 914 Old Harrods Creek Road, Louisville. This event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Worship Center of the parish.
The Catholic Community of Epiphany is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Scared Liturgy with this special presentation by the Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, STD, SSL, Bishop Emeritus of Erie, Pennsylvania. This is the exact date of the promulgation of the historic document on December 4, 1963. This event is free and open to the public.
Bishop Trautman served as the Bishop of Erie, Pennsylvania for twenty-two years before retiring in 2012.
He completed his theological studies under the Jesuits at the University of Innsbruck at Austria where he studied under the noted theologian Karl Rahner and renowned liturgist Josef Jungmann. In 1962, he received his licentiate in sacred theology and was ordained a priest on April 7,1962.
He pursued higher studies in biblical languages at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Bishop Trautman then continued his postgraduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome where he received his licentiate degree in scripture in 1965. The following year he earned a doctorate in sacred theology and biblical studies from St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome. During his time in Rome, Bishop Trautman assisted at the Second Vatican Council.
Bishop Trautman has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees from Canisius College, Niagara University, St. John’s University and Gannon University. Notre Dame University’s Center of Pastoral Liturgy named Bishop Trautman its recipient of the Michael Mathis Award, its highest honor bestowed for outstanding contributions to liturgy. St. John’s University in New York also honored Bishop Trautman with its highest recognition — its Gold Medal. The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commission’s annual Msgr. Frederick R. McManus Award was presented to him in 2003. He has written extensively on liturgy and scripture. He was elected by his brother bishops to serve two terms as Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Liturgy.
Bishop Trautman has spent his life promoting the restoration of the liturgy according to the vision and direction of the Council. He brings a pastor’s heart to the renewal of Catholic life through the power of the liturgy to build community and nurture faith.
For more information, contact Sr. Mary Gowern, csj, at Epiphany, 502/245-9733.