People’s History of Vatican II

The People’s History of Vatican II is an effort to collect and record memories, stories, wisdom and lessons from the people who were shaped by the reforms and promise of the Second Vatican Council (around 1962-1965).

Throughout 2019 and into 2020, Call To Action is collecting written, video and artistic records of peoples’ personal memories of this founding moment in the Church reform movement.

Record your History

If you have personal memories and experiences from around the time of the Second Vatican Council, we need your help recording this important history. Here are a few ways that you can participate:

  • Journal about your personal experience using our guiding questions, and send us a 500-1,000 word written reflection on your memories from that era.
  • Fill out a survey online about your experiences, which we can transform into a short essay for you.
  • Record a video of you sharing your personal memories, using the guiding questions as you wish. The videos don’t have to be complicated! A two-minute unscripted reflection that you record on your phone would be perfect.
  • Record your memories and experiences artistically. If written reflections and recorded discussions don’t inspire you, feel free to engage your creative side for this project! Turn your memories into a painting, drawing, quilt, song, poem or other creative piece and then send us a photo or recording of the finished result.

Learn the History of your Community

If you don’t have personal memories from the Vatican II era, we still need your help! Consider sitting down with your loved ones to hear their stories from the founding moments in our progressive Catholic history. Use our the guiding questions to start a conversation, and record it on your phone.

If you want to help record stories but don’t know anyone to interview, let us know by emailing and we’ll try to pair you with someone.

Sharing Our Stories

Fill out our People’s History of Vatican II survey, or send your reflections, recordings and photos to You can also share your reflections on Facebook and Instagram (make sure that your profile is set to “public” first) with the hashtag #MyVatican2Story.