Religious institutes as protagonists in renewing liturgy, sacred art and music and Church material culture (1903-1962)
International conference of the European Forum on the History of Religious Institutes in the 19th and 20th Centuries (RELINS-Europe)
8-10 November 2011
At the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), ideas about lay participation in the Church and the ‘popularization’ of the service were definitively elevated to norms. The origins and implementation of this aspect of the Council’s decision have already been studied extensively by historians. By contrast, the tendencies towards reforming the service and Church material culture already apparent in the first half of the 20th century have received little attention. Even less attention has been paid to the role of (members of) religious institutes in this movement of renewal before Vaticanum II for which their importance was nonetheless substantial. The conference will bring together international scholars of Europe and the USA to discuss the topic intensively and make some first conclusions, focussing on tree main themes.