CST Conference 2017 Keynote Speakers

Stephen J. Pope, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in theological ethics from the University of Chicago in 1988, where his dissertation focused on the contributions of contemporary biological anthropology to Roman Catholic interpretations of love. Dr. Pope joined the Boston College faculty as an assistant professor in 1998. He became a full professor in 2006 and currently teaches courses on social and theological ethics. His research interests include: Christian ethics and evolutionary theory, love and justice in contemporary Christian ethics, charity and natural law in Thomas Aquinas, and Roman Catholic Social Tradition.



Ana Maria Pineda R.S.M., STD., a member of the Sisters of Mercy, is a graduate of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (M.A.) and the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain (S.T.D.), where her dissertation examined the Hispanic permanent diaconate in the United States. A native of El Salvador, Professor Pineda is a past faculty member at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago and past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theology in the United States (ACHTUS). In addition, she served on the board of the Louisville Institute, the Bishops; Committee for Hispanic Affairs, and numerous others. Sr. Pineda is the founding member of the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI). Sr. Pineda joined the Santa Clara University faculty in 1997 and served as the Director of the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries from 1999–2005. She currently teaches courses on Hispanic spirituality and theology. Sr. Pineda recently published Romero & Grande: Companions on the Journey.


Sean Callahan, MALD is president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. A 28-year veteran of CRS, Sean had held a wide variety of leadership roles overseas and at agency headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. For the past five years, Sean served as the chief operating officer for CRS, responsible for Overseas Operations, U.S. Operations, and Human Resources. In this role, he ensured CRS’ commitment to its mission to cherish, preserve, and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching. He enhanced performance, stimulated innovation, and positioned CRS for the future. Sean holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University, where he also received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Spanish. Sean is first vice president of Caritas Internationalis (2015–2019), and he serves on the Executive Board and Representative Council of Caritas Internationalis (2011‒2019). He is the president of Caritas North America (2015‒2019), and he serves on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities USA (2014–present).


Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, D.D., S.Th.D., of the Archdiocese of Manila, Philippines obtained his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Catholic University of America in 1991. He was appointed a member of the International Theological Commission of the Vatican in 1997 and later became president of the Commission on the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. Cardinal Tagle was appointed Bishop of Imus in 2001 and later Archbishop of Manila in 2011. In 2012, Cardinal Tagle was appointed a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education and as one of the Synod Fathers for the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization. In 2013, Cardinal Tagle was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as a Member of the Presidential Committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.


Stefano Zamagni, Ph.D. earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oxford. He currently serves as Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna and Adjunct Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, Bologna. At the University of Bologna, Dr. Zamagni was Director of the Department of Economics (1985–1993) and later Dean of the Faculty of Economics (1993–1996). Dr. Zamagni has been a member of the Executive Committee of International Economy Association (1989–-1999) and the Steering Committee of Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Since 1991, he has also been a member of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace. He was President of ICMC from 1999 to 2007 (an NGO based in Geneva dealing with migrant and refugee issues) and a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association at Harvard University. In 2007, he was appointed President of the Italian Commission for Non Profit sector and was awarded the title of knight of the order of St. Gregory the Great, Milan. In 2010, he received the Giorgio La Pira Prize for Peace. Professor Zamagni is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Milan, the Academy of Sciences of Bologna, the Academy of Sciences of Modena, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Since 2013 is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and one of the five components of its Executive Council. He is President of the “Fondazione Italia per il Dono” (Italian Foundation for Giftgiving).

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