The Higgins Labor Program is an interdisciplinary unit of the Center for Social Concerns that sponsors research, education, and dialogue on issues involving work, opportunity, and social justice. Central to our efforts is a commitment to connect campus to the wider community, broadly defined.
Informed by the Catholic Social Tradition’s commitment to the dignity of work and the rights of workers, and inspired by the University of Notre Dame’s mission to foster amongst its students “a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good,” the Higgins Labor Program emphasizes initiatives “that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice."
The Higgins Labor Program takes its name from Monsignor George Higgins: Catholic priest, economist, and writer; fierce promoter of unions and workers’ rights; longtime advisor to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on questions of social justice; and worthy recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Our efforts today carry on the tradition of “labor priests” like Msgr. John Ryan (1869-1945), Msgr. Higgins (1916-2002), and Rev. Patrick Sullivan, CSC (1929- ), who has just published the first of a multi-volume series on the topic.