CST Conference: Dear Brothers and Sisters: Celebrating 120 Years Since Rerum Novarum

Location: McKenna Hall

Registration fee: $150

Registration fee for students $75

The core purpose of the Dear Brothers and Sisters Conference is to intellectually explore the thematic social issues that have been addressed by modern Catholic social thought by assembling some of the most respected experts in Catholic social ethics. In order to garner original and creative insights of the topics, we are posing to the scholars, “If you were Pope, what social issue would you address with an encyclical and what would you prescribe?” Some of the issues we hope would be addressed include: ecology, capital punishment, immigration/globalization, gender and race, peace, and human and economic development. The primary audiences would be the general undergraduate population and all faculty on campuses that seek to integrate Catholic social teaching into their courses or have a more thorough understanding of social action intellectualism as part of Catholic identity.

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Speakers who can apply their wisdom to the important questions of the day include:

Cardinal Peter Turkson

President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Fr. Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M.

Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Boston College

Fr. David Hollenbach, S.J.

University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice,

Department of Theology, Boston College

Sr. Dawn Nothwehr, O.S.F.

Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics, Catholic Theological Union