Catholic Social Tradition Conference

Justice Sown in Peace⁠—Celebrating 60 years since Pacem in Terris

2023 Catholic Social Tradition Conference 

March 23–25, 2023 | University of Notre Dame

"We are called to establish with truth, justice, charity, and liberty new methods of relationships in human society.” #163, Pacem in Terris

The Justice Sown in Peace conference at the University of Notre Dame will recognize the 60th anniversary of the seminal Catholic social tradition encyclical, Pacem in Terris, as well as celebrate the dual 40th anniversaries of the U.S. Bishops peace pastoral, The Challenge of Peace, and the founding of the Center for Social Concerns. This international gathering will examine justice issues by thought leaders like Prof. Dr. Michelle Becka of Julius-Maximilians-University, Wurzburg; Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ of Dead Man Walking fame; and Marie Dennis of Pax Christi International, as well as a panel of higher education experts. The conference will focus on particular issues central to our time: migration, violence, racism, internationalization, and the role of political structures. Join us at this conference of global scholars working to expand the Catholic social tradition through intellectual, artistic, and social engagement.

Register now! The registration deadline is March 10, 2023. A registration fee of $125 is required. There is no registration fee for Notre Dame, St. Mary's or Holy Cross College faculty, staff and students, however we do ask that you register. If you plan to attend the Friday night dinner there is a meal fee. 


Speakers and Schedule

We are excited to welcome the following keynote speakers: 

Bernard Prusak, Ph.D., King’s College
Bishop Alfred Agyenta of Ghana

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Request for Proposals

We are no longer accepting proposals at this time. Thank you for your interest. 

Travel, Lodging and Parking Information 

All registered participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, parking and transportation arrangements. You are welcome to choose from any area hotels, but space and rates cannot be guaranteed.

Travel and Lodging Information

Conference Organizer

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


Center for Social Concerns; Catholic Charities USACatholic Relief ServicesCatholic Social Tradition MinorCollege of Arts and LettersCushwa Center for American Catholicism; Department of Political ScienceDepartment of TheologyKeough School of Global Affairs; Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Nanovic Institute for European Studies; Notre Dame Law School Program on Church, State, & Society; Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor


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