Ken Trainor is a lifelong, "free-range" Catholic who spent seven and a half years immediately following Vatican II in the Chicago Archdiocesan seminary system. He left the seminary to study in Rome then completed his B.A. in literature at Loyola University of Chicago, later earning a master’s degree in creative writing from Colorado State University. He has been a community journalist and newspaper editor in Oak Park, Illinois, for the past 28 years and is the author of We Dare to Say: An Adventure in Journaling (ACTA, 2007) and Unfinished Pentecost: Vatican II and the Altered Lives of Those Who Witnessed It (ACTA 2013).

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'Council Class' gathers to rekindle memories, reflect light of Vatican II

The class reconvened in Chicago in September, 52 years after they were ordained on a chilly December day in St. Peter's Basilica, 10 days after the close of the Second Vatican Council. Only 20 members gathered this time, but the numbers don't matter.