In an academic ceremony in the packed auditorium of the Pontifical University of S. Croce in Piazza Navona on 9 March, Prof. Dr Johannes Grohe, Professor of Church History, was presented with a voluminous commemorative publication, a "true opus of scholarship" (p. X).


The 759-page commemorative publication was presented by the editors Filippo Forlani, Ansgar Frenken and Thomas Prügl. It contains 40 contributions on the history of councils from the early church to the Second Vatican Council. An index of persons, places and councils completes the volume, which was published by Aschendorff.

Professor Grohe has been Vice Director of the Roman Institute of the Görres Society since 2012 and in recent years has continued the "Rome Seminar" for German-speaking freesemester students, which was once founded by Erwin Gatz. This is because Prof. Grohe will be leaving his beloved Rome in autumn and moving to Aachen. He will bid farewell to the Institute's circle of friends at the summer festival on 30 May in S. Giovanni a Porta Latina.

Numerous members of the RIGG and the Archconfraternity of Campo Santo Teutonico, of which Grohe is a member, were also present at the academic ceremony in S. Croce: Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, Franco Reale, Franziska Dörr, Albrecht Weiland, Piero Reinold, Federica G. Giordani, Nicola Gadaleta, Daniele Calzetta, Gudrun Sailer, Konrad Ackermann, Alfredo Mendiz, Michael Hetz, Ralf van Bühren and, of course, the author.

There are many more Görresians in the Tabula gratulatoria (p. V-VIII).

If you would like to learn more about the world of councils, this book is highly recommended: