A familiar face to Siouxlanders helped pack the house on the Briar Cliff University campus tonight.
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, current bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas and the former head of the Diocese of Sioux City was the honored guest speaker on campus.
It was a homecoming of sorts for the Pittsburgh native who returned to the diocese to a full crowd to hear his keynote for Briar Cliff University's annual Theology Lecture series
In his keynote, he focused on Vatican II and the many changes since then to the Church, including the use of modern-day languages and interaction between Catholics and the clergy during mass.
Something listeners in the audience thought was important to hear. "He's someone we look up to, you know, and it's just, especially at a Catholic University it's just great that he's here," said BCU sophomore Alexia Henschke. "You get the chance to talk to our leaders, we get the chance to hear what the church is telling us and what Jesus was telling us for 2000 years what we need to do to be better to our fellow man and woman and what we need to do to come back to the faith," said Deacon Dick Billings of the Blessed Sacrament Church. The Cardinal also reflected on the call of the Vatican II documents for the church to become active Catholics and worshippers, something he hopes the youth will lead in the near future. "I think any changes to the Vatican are relevant to us. I think it's a good thing for us to be able to be involved in our church and kind of know what's going on," said BCU senior James Conway. It seems the challenge the Cardinal has set before his audience Wednesday night is one that some students at Briar Cliff are ready to take on.
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