Previous CST Conferences


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.


Kristin Heyer, Ph.D. | An Echo in Their Hearts: The Church in our Modern World [Video]

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, O.F.M. | Impact of Gaudium et Spes on the Church in Southern Africa [Video]

Miroslav Volf, Ph.D. | Visions of the Good Life, Pluralism,  and Commitment

KEYNOTE PANEL | Living Joy and Hope in the Church [Video]

R. Scott Appleby, Ph.D. | Pope Francis and the legacy of Gaudium et Spes

​​Alexia Kelley, MTS |The Joy and Hope of Philanthropy

Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, C.S.B. | Gaudium et Spes, Medellin, and Puebla in the Witness of Archbishop Oscar Romero



PEACE YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW | Celebrating 50 Years Since Pacem in Terris 

MARCH 21–23, 2013 | University of Notre Dame

The core purpose of the 50th Anniversary of Pacem in Terris conference is to explore thematic peace and justice issues that have been addressed by modern Catholic social thought, especially those within the encyclical such as human rights, political structures, ecumenism and environmentalism.  One of the reasons for bringing in speakers from around the world is because of the international and interfaith approach to peacemaking and promotion of human rights that profoundly affected Catholic teaching and practice.  


Rev. Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M. | Pacem in Terris: Its Context and Legacy [Video]

Julian Filochowski, CMG, OBE | Oscar Romero: The Martyrdom of an Apostle for Peace and a Vatican II Champion [Video]

KEYNOTE PANEL | Interfaith Peace [Video]

Rev. James Channan, O.P. | Pacem in Terris: Its Influences and Challenges to Catholics/Christians in an Islamic Context of Pakistan

Amina Rasul-Berardo, MBA, MPA | A Common Prayer for a Common Peace: The Roles of the Muslim and Christian Religious in Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in Mindanao

KEYNOTE PANEL | Pacifism in Action [Video]

Ken Butigan, Ph.D. | Pacem in Terris and Nonviolent Action for Peace

Katy Kelly, MRE | Love Your Enemies: Living with Gazan and Afghan Friends in a Time of War


2011 Catholic Social Tradition Conference

DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS | Celebrating 120 Years Since Rerum Novarum

MARCH 24–26, 2011 | University of Notre Dame

Rev. Bryan N. Massingale | Ecclesial Complicity in Racial Supremacy: From Compromised Identity to Sacramental Solidarity

Sr. Dawn Nothwehr, O.S.F. | Dear Brothers and Sisters—This is the Time!                                                      

Cardinal Peter Turkson | Archbishop Oscar Romero: Preacher and Teacher                       

Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J. | War, Refugees, and Human Rights in Africa: Global Challenges and Catholic Social Teaching