The St. Andrew Parish Sunday Forums this year will continue a series on the Second Vatican Council.

Presentations and discussions will include history of the Council, the contents of some of its documents, and the relevance of the documents today. The four sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sundays Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Jan. 12 and March 9 in the Oscar Romero Room at the Northeast Portland parish.

Holy Names Sister Cecilia Ranger speaks Oct. 13 on Dei Verbum, the council document on scripture. It encouraged Catholics to read the Bible, presented a personal relational model of divine revelation, offered a nuanced treatment of the relationship between Scripture and Tradition and defended the value of the Old Testament. Sister Cecilia holds a doctorate in Hebrew Scriptures and did research on wisdom literature.

Maria Fleming, theology teacher at St. Mary’s Academy, will speak Nov. 10 on The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Apostolicam Actuositatem, which clarifies the role of the laity in living and spreading the good news. Fleming explains that the document says that by the nature of baptism, laity must bring love to the world. Our call to holiness permeates all the aspects of our lives, says Fleming, who holds a Master's of Divinity from Notre Dame.  

On Jan. 12, the topic is the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Lumen Gentium, a primary council document that explained the nature of the church. Speaker will be Rene Sanchez, visiting professor of theology at the University of Portland. Son of migrant workers, he received his doctorate in theological ethics from Boston College. He will use Lumen Gentium as a way to explore the church’s attempt to move into the modern world.  

Father James Coleman, former pastor of St. Andrew's speaks March 9 on the Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity, Ad Gentes Divinitus. Now pastor of St. Luke Parish in Woodburn, he served as a missionary in South American for 16 years. He studied theology at the Catholic University of Innsbruck under Jesuit Father Karl Rahner. Father Coleman will focus on factors involved in mission work, including the continued development of missionary acculturation

Organizer of the sessions is parish liturgy coordinator Michael Prendergast, who gives workshops on Vatican II. His website is