Catholic Social Tradition Conference

Justice in the World

2021 Catholic Social Tradition Conference 

March 25–27, 2021 | University of Notre Dame

“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

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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., Acting Executive Director, Center for Social Concerns; Director, Catholic Social Tradition; Co-Director, Catholic Social Tradition Minor


National Center for the Laity


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Upcoming Events

May 2022

Graduate Summer Institute for Engaged Research and Teaching
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 12:00am to Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 11:45pm

June 2022

ND Explores STEM: Healthcare
Friday, June 3, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Information Session | RISE: Hometown
Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 7:00pm
Preferred Application Deadline | Graduate Fellowship
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Information Session | RISE: South Bend
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 7:00pm

September 2022

Pathways Out of Poverty: Venture Creation and Contemporary Europe
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 11:00am to 1:00pm