William Purcell, M.Div.

Director of Catholic Social Tradition; Co-Director, Catholic Social Tradition Minor
Office Phone: 
574-631-9473
Office Address: 
228 Geddes Hall

Bill Purcell has been the director of the Catholic Social Tradition at the Center for Social Concerns, as well as a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame since the summer of 2005.  He oversees the integration of Catholic social thought into center courses and programming.

Bill also is a co-director of the interdisciplinary Catholic Social Tradition Minor at the University. He teaches community-based learning courses on poverty and various social issues. Bill acts as a liaison for the center with national Catholic institutions, which focus on justice education.

He is a recipient of the University’s Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Award for Social Justice. For six years Bill was the director of the Office for Peace and Justice at the Archdiocese of Chicago. Before going to Chicago in 1999, he spent three years as the education specialist for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in Washington, D.C.  Bill received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Divinity at the University of Notre Dame. 

He has been published numerous times, and is on various local and national committees and boards for social justice issues. Bill is married to Angie, who works at Notre Dame International, and has three children, one who presently attends Notre Dame.


Publications & Presentations

2014

2014

Purcell, W. (2014, October 1). Beyond the Pub: Notre Dame community-based learning in Europe. Presented at the National Society of Experiential Education 43rd Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD.

Purcell, W. (2014). Solidarity through poverty and politics. In Becoming beholders: Cultivation sacramental imagination and actions in college classrooms. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Purcell, W. ( 2014, December 6). The impact of Catholic Universities: A research initiative. Presented at the first annual St. Nicholas of Myra Conference on Catholic Social Thought. Providence College, Providence, RI.

Purcell, W. (2014, July 27).  Notre Dame today and the Center for Social Concerns. Presented at the Universal Notre Dame Celebration. Notre Dame Club of  Delaware, Wilmington, DE.

Purcell, W. (2014, May 29).  Notre Dame today and the Center for Social Concerns. Presented at the Universal Notre Dame Celebration. Notre Dame Club of Rochester, Rochester, IN.

2013

2013

Purcell, W. ( 2013, May 29). Notre Dame today and the Center for Social Concerns. Presented at the Universal Notre Dame Celebration. Notre Dame Club of Buffalo & Western New York, New York, NY.

Purcell, W. (2013, April 26). Notre Dame Today and the Center for Social Concerns. Presenter and organizer at the Indiana Catholic Poverty Summit. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

Purcell, W. (2013, March 21-23). Peace yesterday, today & tomorrow: Celebrating 50 years since Pacem in Terris. Presenter and organizer, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

2012

2012

Purcell, W. (2012, October 5). Educating the Notre Dame football team through community partnership. Presented at the National Society for Experiential Education 38th Annual Conference. Milwaukee, WI.

2011

2011

Purcell, W. (2011, November). Hope in action for building justice in the world. Presented at the Huether Lasallian Conference, Washington, DC.

Purcell, W. (2011, October). Healthcare is a Human Right: The Catholic Church's Teaching on Health Equity. Diseases of Poverty: A Major Problem: A Problem for Every Major. Presented at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

2010

2010

Purcell, W. (2010). Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Relief Services Guiding Principles. Course for Catholic Relief Services.

2009

2009

Purcell, W. (2009, June). Integrating Catholic Social Teaching into Service Learning. Presented at the National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

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Upcoming Events

January 2019

23
2019 Social Concerns Fair
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

February 2019

01
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
22
Labor Café
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2019

01
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
21
Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
21
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
22
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
23
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
29
Labor Café
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

April 2019

05
Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
12
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
26
Labor Café
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

June 2019

04
Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)