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Winter at the Cellar

A Continuing Enrichment Opportunity for
Catholic Adults and Young Adults

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Our popular summer and winter Cellar programs offer Catholic adults and young adults an opportunity to learn and grow in a comfortable, familiar environment at the Cellar Lounge in downtown Waterloo. 

We choose presenters from among pastors and pastoral leaders on both the local and diocesan level.  We ask them to address a variety of interesting and important issues which shape the lives of Catholic adults and young adults in the Church today.

Presenters and participants alike appreciate the relaxed and informal atmosphere which contributes to a stimulating combination of presentation and discussion.  Food and beverages are available before, during and after the presentations.

Cellar programs are free and open to the public.  No pre-registration.

All programs are held at
The Cellar Lounge
320 East Fourth Street • Downtown Waterloo

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The Cellar Lounge is located on the lower level of CU Restaurant.
Access and parking is available in the rear.
Access is limited for individuals who are physically handicapped.

[CU Restaurant and The Cellar accept CVCS Scrip]


Current Schedule  Winter 2014

This year's winter series focuses on Pope Francis, the first Jesuit, the first South American and the first pope to take the name Francis.

The future pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1936.  He entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in 1958, was ordained in 1969, and made his final profession of vows as a Jesuit in 1973.  He served in various academic positions as a professor and rector and served two terms as Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina.  He was named Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992, Coadjutor Archbishop in 1997, and Archbishop in 1998.  He was named a cardinal in February, 2001.

Since being elected Pope in March of 2013 he has made headlines both in the church and in the world at large for his simple lifestyle, apostolic spirituality, and commitment to reform the church's central bureaucracy.  In December Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

“Theological Foundations of
the Pope of Mercy and Joy”

Presented by
Dave Cushing

Some observers have said you could summarize what Pope Francis stands for in one word--"mercy."  But others feel the Pope's attitude about mercy is too indiscriminate and generous.  This presentation will examine dominant theological traditions which have shaped Christian thought and action throughout the church's history -- theological traditions or attitudes which may help explain who Pope Francis is and how he differs from his immediate predecessors.

Dave Cushing is director of adult faith formation for the Catholic Parishes in Waterloo.  He has BA degrees in History and Sociology from Loras College and a Masters of Divinity degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana.  Since 1981 Dave has served in full-time parish ministry at St. John Parish, Waterloo; St. Nicholas Parish, Evansdale; Queen of Peace Parish, Waterloo, St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center, Cedar Falls and Blessed Sacrament Parish, Waterloo.  He was appointed director of adult faith formation for the Waterloo parishes in 2006.  Dave and his wife Mary Lou are parents of two adult children and are members of Queen of Peace Parish.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

“Pope Francis in the Light
of Jesuit History”

Presented by Charlotte Wells

The future Pope Francis entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in 1958 and made his final profession of vows as a Jesuit in 1973.  He served two terms as Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina and was the first Jesuit elected Pope in the 473 year history of the Society.  In this presentation Dr. Wells will survey the founding and early activities of the Society of Jesus, review the history of the Jesuits in Latin America, and discuss the Jesuit formation and career of the future pope.  She will conclude with some thoughts on how Jesuit history and spirituality may be shaping Pope Francis's outlook and actions as Bishop of Rome.
For further reading Dr. Wells recommends the book Pope Francis—Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely.

Dr. Charlotte Wells is an associate professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa.  She received her doctorate from Indiana University in 1990, where she specialized in Early Modern European history, the Renaissance and Reformation.  She has published a variety of scholarly works on the political ideology of the period and is currently interested in the role of Catholic-Protestant conflict in the beginnings of European settlement in North America.  She has been a member of the University of Northern Iowa History Department since 1993.  Dr. Wells is a member of St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center in Cedar Falls, where she teaches Church history in the RCIA.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

“Papal Communication--
A Pope Who Touches People
s Hearts”

Presented by Matthew Shadle

One’s genre or style of speech shapes the experience which hearers have when they hear or read a message.  If done well, the style reinforces (or even deepens) what is communicated through the semantic meaning of the message.  In contrast to many church leaders, Pope Francis uses a “conversational” speaking style--one which the official Vatican spokesman has called “a genre to which we are not accustomed."  In this presentation Dr. Shadle examines how the Pope's unique speaking style accounts for the amazing impact he has had on listeners and readers around the world.
This presentation is based on Dr. Shadle's article in Catholic Moral Theology. Read the article online here.

Matthew A. Shadle  is Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Director of the Democracy and Global Diversity program at Loras College in Dubuque. He received his B.A. in Religion from Hendrix College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Dayton. His work focuses on the development of Catholic social teaching and its intersection with both fundamental moral theology and the social sciences, with a special focus on war and peace, the economy, and immigration. He is a frequent contributor to the Catholic Moral Theology blog and the author of The Origins of War--A Catholic Perspective (Georgetown, 2011). He and his wife Gisella live in Dubuque.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

“The Joy of the Gospel and the
Pope’s Vision for the Future”

Presented by Fr. Jerry Kopacek

Pope Francis published his first Apostolic Exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel," in November.  This document, distinguished both by its vision and its language, has been described by one bishop as the most inspiring papal document he's read since the Second Vatican Council.  In this presentation Fr. Kopacek will present an overview of the main themes of the Exhortation, which is considered by many to be the Pope's manifesto or vision for the church he hopes to lead.
Read a summary of "The Joy of the Gospel" here.
Read the full text of the Apostolic Exhortation online here.

Fr. Jerry Kopacek is pastor of St. Edward Parish in Waterloo.  Fr. Kopacek has a BA in political science and history from Iowa State University and a law degree from the University of Iowa.  He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained to the priesthood in 1988. Fr. Kopacek has served as associate pastor at parishes in Dyersville, Mason City and Marion and as pastor at parishes in Forest City, Lake Mills, Buffalo Center, Marshalltown and Dyersville.  He served as pastor of St. Edward Parish from 1999 to 2004 and was reappointed pastor of St. Edward in 2006.  He also currently serves as dean for the Waterloo deanery and pastoral coordinator of Cedar Valley Catholic Schools. 

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Winter Series Snow date:
February 17
, 2014

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Current Series    Summer 2013    Winter 2013
Summer 2012    Winter 2012    Summer 2011

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For more information contact:
Director of Adult Faith Formation 
• 320 Mulberry St. Waterloo IA 50703
Phone: 319-234-9912 
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Last Update: 01.02.14

The Catholic parishes in Waterloo are committed to providing life-long faith formation and spiritual growth for adults of all ages. We value individual life experience, respect the diversity of personal convictions, and welcome the wisdom of every participant. We encourage conversation and dialogue. We will never intentionally embarrass or offend participants.

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