2019 Conference Schedule

OPTION FOR THE POOR: Engaging the Social Tradition

2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference 

March 21–23, 2019 | University of Notre Dame

All events are located in the Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall unless otherwise noted.





12:00–4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop (Dining Room, Lower Level)

"Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses: An Exploration of Applications"
(pre-registration required)

2:00–5:00 p.m.

CST Learning & Research Initiative Group Members Meeting (Geddes Hall)

4:00–7:00 p.m.

Registration (Lobby)



7:00 p.m.

Conference Opening (Auditorium)

Choral Performance
University of Notre Dame Coro Primavera Choir

Welcome and Introduction
Bill Purcell, M.Div.
Senior Associate Director of Catholic Social Tradition, Center for Social Concerns
Co-Director, Catholic Social Tradition Minor, University of Notre Dame

“From ‘Option for the Poor’ to Option by the Poor:  Flint’s Water and the Problem of Political Will"
Lisa Sowle Cahill, Ph.D.
Theology Department, Boston College



8:30 p.m.

Dessert Reception (Atrium)






7:30–9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (Atrium) 



8:00–9:15 a.m.
Concurrent Presentations Session I

"Visionary at the Helm", a Play Featuring Nate Smith
Catholic Charities USA and Still Point Theater Collective

Room 100–104
“The Option for the Poor in Europe and the United Kingdom After 2019”
Rev. Dr. Ashley Beck, St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

“Pastoral Conversion and the Option for the Poor in the Thought of Pope Francis”
Fr. Allan F. Deck, S.J., S.T.D., Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University

Room 112–114
“The Making of Duress: Tracing Borders of Constraint Shaped by the Colonial Enterprise and Confronted by Communities in Northwest Colombia”
Janna M. Hunter-Bowman, Ph.D., Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

“Church-State assemblages in Colombia’s peace-building scenarios: re-writing the Catholic Social Doctrine?"
Carlos A. Manrique, Ph.D., Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Columbia

Room 202
“The Seedbed of Social Poverty: Examining the role of the Evolved Developmental Niche as the Common Good”
Mary S. Tarsha, Ph.D. Student and Professor Darcia F. Narvaez, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

“The Preferential Option for the Poor and 'The Preferential Option for the Family': A Constructive Tension?”
John M. Hogue, Su Casa Catholic Worker

Room 210–214
“The Methodological Turn toward a Preferential Option for the Poor: The Cardinal Cardijn Canon from Rome to Latin America and Back Again?”
Bob Pennington, Ph.D., Mount St. Joseph University

“The Jocist Bishops and the Church of the Poor Group at Vatican II”
Stefan R. Gigacz, Ph.D., Australian Cardijn Institute



9:15 a.m.

Break (Atrium)



9:30 a.m.


⇒ KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Auditorium)
“Challenges to Poverty Eradication in the 21st Century: Insights from Catholic Social Thought"
Charles Clark, Ph.D.
Department of Economics, St. Johns University

Introduction by Margaret Pfeil, Ph.D., Faculty Joint Appointment, Department of Theology and Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame

10:45 a.m.

Break (Atrium)



11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.   

Concurrent Presentations Session II

“CST and Catholic Higher Education: Confronting the Labor Problem, Educating Boards of Trustees, and Leveraging Licensing and Investment for the Common Good”
Bernard Prusak, Ph.D. and Margarita M. Rose, Ph.D., King’s College, Rev. Paul V. Kollman, C.S.C., Ph.D., Daniel Graff, Ph.D. and Tomi Gerhold, University of Notre Dame, Joseph A. McCartin, Ph.D., Georgetown University

Room 100–104
“Culture or Hierarchy? Implementing the Option for the Poor among Philippine Urban Settlers”
Philip C. Parnell, Ph.D., Indiana University

“Small Farmers in Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia”
Joan F. Crist, Ph.D., Calumet College of St. Joseph

“How do you know me? Community Assessment and the Implementation of an Option for the Poor in Practice”
Thomas M. Kelly, Ph.D., Creighton University

Room 112–114
“Not Merely one Minority Among Others”: A Settler Perspective on the Post-Secondary Educational Implications of a Conversation between Catholic and Secular Ethics Concerning a Preferential Option for Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Christopher W. Hrynkow, Ph.D., St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

“Women’s Anthropological Poverty in Sub Saharan Africa and the Preferential Option for the Poor in Catholic Social Teaching”
Léocadie W. Lushombo, Ph.D. Candidate, Boston College

“Power to the Poor: The Preferential Option and the Alinsky Organizing Tradition”
Nicholas C. Hayes, Ph.D. Student, Boston College

Room 202
“The Cry of the Earth and the Poor: Job and Tobit on Creation, Economics, and Gratuity”
Richard Klee, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

“During Your Lifetime You Received Your Good Things”: Pairing the Parables and the Work of Jon Sobrino to Engage Students in a First-Year College Course
Matthew Gordley, Ph.D., Carlow University

“Glimpsing 'Structural Sin' in Early Christianity”
Brian Matz, Ph.D., S.T.D., Fontbonne University

Room 210–214
“Making Room at the Table”— Catholic Social Thought and Implementing Living Wage Policies at Catholic Universities
Anthony Vinciguerra, M.A., Boston College

“Infusing Catholic Social Teaching Across a Campus”
Harry R. Dammer, Ph.D. and Patrick M. Clark, Ph.D., University of Scranton

“Pope Francis on the Option for the Poor: An Invitation and Challenge for Business”
Angela Senander, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas (MN)

12:30–1:45 p.m.

Lunch (Dining Room, Lower Level)



1:45–3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Presentations Session III

“Faculty and Student Development in the Catholic Social Tradition: Formation and Assessment”
Jennifer Reed-Bouley, Ph.D., College of Saint Mary, Erin Brigham, Ph.D., University of University of San Francisco, Catherine M. Punsalan-Manlimos, Ph.D., Seattle University, Margarita M. Rose, Ph.D., King's College, Mark Gunty, Ph.D. and Jay W. Brandenberger, Ph.D.,  University of Notre Dame

Room 100–104
“In the Name of Development: Option for the Poor and NGOs in Haiti”
Arlene Montevecchio, MTS, Saint Mary's College and Doctoral Student, Duquesne University

“The Preferential Option in Pluralistic Global Public Policy: The Right to Sustainable Human Development”
James P. O’Sullivan, Ph.D., Saint Joseph's University

The 2016 US Election and White Supremacy: Resistance to the “Option for the Poor”
Sr. Dawn M. Nothwehr, O.S.F., Ph.D., Catholic Theological Union

Room 112–114
“Bridging the Divide: The Preferential Option for the Poor as Friendship”
Marcus Mescher, Ph.D., Xavier University

“Friendship with God and One Another: A Consistent Ethic of Solidarity in Historical, Political, and Theological Perspective”
Steven P. Millies, Ph.D., Catholic Theological Union

“Re-envisioning Schillebeeckx’ Liberation Theology: Do We Need a Shared Contrast Experience to Facilitate Liberating Praxis?”
Ellen Van Stichel, Ph.D., Dominican Study Centre for Theology and Society (Amsterdam)

Room 202
“When did the poor get dignity?”
Bernard Brady, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas

“Using Ortho-Doxy to Engage in Ortho-Praxis: Catholic Charities/Catholic Relief Services Supporting the Self Sufficiency of Immigrants and Refugees”
Scott Hurd and Steven E. Bogus, Catholic Charities USA

Room 210–214
“Women Leaving Prison: Justice-Seeking Spiritual Support for Female Returning Citizens”
Jill Snodgrass, Ph.D., Loyola University Maryland

“Moreau College Initiative: Preferential Option for the Incarcerated Poor”
Sheila McCarthy, Ph.D. and Alesha D. Seroczynski, Ph.D., Holy Cross College

“A Preferential Option for the Incarcerated? Catholic Higher Education as a Potential Solution”
Julie A. O’Heir, M.T.S., Saint Louis University



3:15 p.m.

Break (Atrium)



3:30–4:45 p.m.
⇒ KEYNOTE PANEL (Auditorium)
"Defining a Just Wage: Introducing the Higgins Labor Program's Just Wage Framework and Tool"

Moderator: Daniel Graff, Ph.D., Director, Higgins Labor Program of the Center for Social Concerns, and Professor of the Practice, Department of History, University of Notre Dame

Charlice Hurst, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management,
University of Notre Dame
Eve Kelly, MSW, Academic Advisor, First Year of Studies, University of Notre Dame
Clemens Sedmak, Ph.D., Catholic Social Tradition Advisor, Center for Social Concerns, and Professor of Social Ethics, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame



5:15 p.m.

Mass (Basilica of the Sacred Heart)
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, S.D.B.
, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar,
Celebrant and Homilist



6:30 p.m.

Dinner (Morris Inn, Smith Ballroom)



8:00 p.m.
⇒ KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Auditorium)
"Bridge Across the Continents in Fellowship with the Poor"
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, S.D.B., Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar

Introduction by Rev. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C., Ph.D., Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame




7:30–9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (Atrium) 



8:00–9:15 a.m.

Concurrent Presentations Session IV

"The Option for the Poor in the Thought of Gustavo Gutierrez and Pope John Paul II" 
Marissa S. Browne, University of Notre Dame

“Treating Disability Amidst Turmoil: A Comparative Analysis of Palestinian Organizations Working with Adults with Disabilities”
Shannon L. Hendricks, University of Notre Dame

“Building Past Boarding: The Impact of American Indian Catholic Schools for Marginalized Peoples”
Katherine M. Ward and Zada Ballew, University of Notre Dame

Room 100–104
“Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice”
Caitlin A. Morneau, M.A., Catholic Mobilizing Network

“Take Ten: Merging Catholic Social Action with Conflict Resolution Through Restorative Justice”
Ellen G. Kyes, J.D., University of Notre Dame

Room 112–114
“Addressing Mass Poverty in Post Maidan Ukraine Doctrine and Witness of the Ukrainian Greco Catholic Church (UGCC)”
Robert P. Marko, Ph.D., Aquinas College

“The Church of the Poor:  CEB’s and the Need for Ongoing Pastoral Conversion”
Rev. Dr. Arthur P. Purcaro, O.S.A., Villanova University

Room 202
“Decolonization: Ongoing Process for Economic Justice”
Sr. Eileen M. Fagan, Ph.D., College of Mount Saint Vincent

“Franciscan Spirituality/Theology and the Option for the Poor”
Patrick Carolan, Franciscan Action Network

Room 210–214
“Faith-based Community Organizing for Social Justice in Chicago”
Kathleen Maas Weigert, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago

“Painting a Theology of Organizing”
Michael Hebbeler, M.A., University of Notre Dame



9:15 a.m.

Break (Atrium)



9:30–10:45 a.m.
⇒ KEYNOTE PANEL (Auditorium)
"Gustavo Gutiérrez and the Option for the Poor" 

Moderator: Timothy Matovina, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Daniel Castillo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology, Loyola University Maryland
Leo Guardado, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Catalina Romero, Ph.D., Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú



10:45 a.m.

Break (Atrium)



11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

⇒ KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Auditorium)
"The Option for the Poor and Christian Theology"
Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., University of Notre Dame and Instituto Bartolomé de las Casas, Lima, Perú

Introduction by Carmen Lora, Instituto Bartolomé de las Casas, Director of the review Páginas, Lima Perú



12:00–1:00 p.m.

Lunch (no formal luncheon; choose your preferred location)



1:00–2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Presentations Session V

“Gender, Power, and the Option for the Poor A Critical Analysis of CST”
Erin Brigham, Ph.D., University of San Francisco, Kathleen Maas Weigert, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Catherine M. Punsalan-Manlimos, Ph.D., Seattle University, Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes, Ph.D., Mount Mary University, Sr. Mary Johnson, SNDdeN, Ph.D., Trinity Washington University, Sr. Katherine Feely, SND, John Carroll University

Room 100–104
“Bridging the Gap: Ignatian Pedagogy and Peace Education in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste”
Brittany Fried, Georgetown University

“The Role of Catholic Institutions in Poverty Alleviation”
Satya P. Chattopadhyay, Ph.D., University of Scranton

“Catholics Roots and Liberal Offshoots: The Alchemy of Socio-Economic Rights and Preferential Option for the Poor”
Rev. Stefanus Hendrianto, S.J., Boston College

Room 112–114
“Community Action Research: The Missing Link in Parish Social Ministry”
Joseph A. Torma, Ph.D., Walsh University

“Coming Home Before the Street Lights Do: Chicago Artists, Method, and the Church’s Preferential Option for the Poor”
Martin Tomszak, Ph.D. Candidate, Loyola University Chicago

“Transformation through Relationship: Sustainable Social Action in Today’s Culture”
Harrison Hanvey and Emmjolee Mendoza Waters, MSW, Catholic University of America

Room 202
“Robotic Automation and Wage Justice”
Megan Gooley, Ph.D. Student, Fordham University

“Information Communications Technology:  A Critical Platform for the Poor”
Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Flanagan, C.M., St. John's University

“The Option for the Poor and Cybersecurity”
Matthew Shadle, Ph.D., Marymount University

Room 210–214
“Indecent Theology and Decent Institutions”
Anna Blackman, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Notre Dame

“From a Culture of Encounter to the Church as Repentant Sinner:  Ecclesial Ego-Death as Obedience to God in the Poor”
John T. Noble, Graduate Student, Brite Divinity School



2:30 p.m.

Break (Atrium)



2:45–4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Presentations Session VI

“Piercing through the Poverty of Structural Exclusivities in the Holy Land”
Fr. Augustine M. Reisenauer, O.P., Ph.D. Student, Mary S. Tarsha, Ph.D. Student, Megan C. Isom, Law Student, and Alyssa B. Slaimen, Law Student, University of Notre Dame

Room 100–104
“Option for the Poor and the Journey to Regional Solidarity”
Br. Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., Ph.D., University of Dayton

“Homelessness in God’s House: Uncovering Bright Spots in Parish-based Homeless Social Ministries”
Lindy E. Desciak, Doctoral Candidate, Fordham University

Room 112–114
“Hearing the Cry of the Poor:  Promoting Social Action Through Music in the Liturgy”
Francis X. Klose, III, Ph.D., Rosemont College

“Forming Women Religious as Agents of the Catholic Social Tradition”
Thomas F. Ryan, Ph.D. and Sarah C. DeMarais, M.Ed., Loyola University New Orleans, Sr. Mary Dolores Urassa, CDNK, Calumet College of St. Joseph

Room 202
“How Deserted Lies the City, Once So Full of Black People:  Catholic Social Justice, Black Liberation, and Gentrification in the City of Atlanta”
Byron D. Wratee, M.Div., J.D., Ph.D. Student, Boston College

“Catholics Investing in Option for the Poor”
Christopher W. Cox, M.Div., Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment and Ann Roberts, MLS, Dana Investment Advisors

Room 210–214
“From Canned Food Drives to Kinship: How College Service Immersions Reflect a Developing Church Teaching on the Preferential Option for Poor”
Benjamin J. Wilson, M.Div., Emily Garvey, M.A., and Felicia Johnson O’Brien, MSW, University of Notre Dame

“A Common Good Approach to Structural Forms of Poverty”
Mathias E. Nebel, Ph.D., Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP)



4:00–4:30 p.m.

Wrap-Up Discussion and Conclusion  (Auditorium)



5:00 p.m.

Mass (Basilica of the Sacred Heart)
Fr. Juan Molina, OSST, Celebrant and Homilist (LANACC)




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