2021 Catholic Social Tradition Conference


March 25–27, 2021 | Virtual Conference

“Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel,” Justice in the World, 6.

The Justice in the World conference celebrated the 50th anniversary of the World Synod of Bishops’ prophetic vision by examining the justice issues proclaimed by the Gospel and addressed by modern Catholic social thought. The conference focused in particular on issues central to the document: racism, ecclesial and political structures, work, internationalization, and the environment. 


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Introduction and Award Presentation

Racial Justice—Engaging the Structure of Oppression

Friday, March 26, 2021

Creating a Global Vision of Justice

Hearing the Gospel and Spreading Good News

Justice in the World of Work: Global, National, Local Perspectives

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Starting Justice at Home

Justice for the Earth

Additional Events

The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor: A Holy Saturday Virtual Retreat

On this day full of lament and hope, we will gather to pray and contemplate the goodness and the groaning of creation, listening for God’s Spirit. Participants will be invited to pray with two short readings in advance of the retreat, and we will have an opportunity to share our reflections together. 

Conference Organizer

William Purcell, M.Div., Director, Catholic Social Tradition; Co-Director, Catholic Social Tradition Minor


National Center for the Laity