CST Conference 2015


Catholic Social Tradition Conference

Joy & Hope

Fiftieth Anniversary Of Gaudium Et Spes

March 22–24, 2015  †  University of Notre Dame

Hosted by the Center for Social Concerns, this conference had internationally known speakers celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, regarded as the most significant document of Catholic social teaching in the twentieth century.

The core purpose of the 50th Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes conference was to explore, in an academic setting, the thematic social justice issues that have been addressed by modern Catholic social thought, especially those within the pastoral constitution such as human dignity, political structures, economic development and internationalization. In order to garner original and creative insights from the speakers and their papers, presenters were asked to address the weaknesses or gaps that exist within the document and how the Church of today can move forward in the promotion of peace and justice in our pluralistic world.



Center for Social Concerns; Catholic Social Tradition Minor; Center for Civil and Human Rights; Center for the Study of Religion and Society; College of Arts & Letters, Henkels Lecture Series, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts; Cushwa Center for American Catholicism; Department of Theology; Institute for Church Life; Institute for Latino Studies; Kellogg Institute for International Studies; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Catholic Relief Services; National Center for the Laity

Keynote Speakers

Santa Clara University

President and CEO

Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA)

Durban, South Africa

Founding Director

Center for Faith and Culture, Yale University

Bishop Emeritus

Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico

Marilyn Keough Dean of the University of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs

University of Notre Dame