2023 Catholic Social Tradition Conference: "Justice Sown in Peace⁠—Celebrating 60 years since Pacem in Terris"

Location: University of Notre Dame

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. 



We are excited to welcome the following keynote speakers: 

Prof. Dr. Michelle Becka, Julius-Maximilians-University, Wurzburg 

Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, Anti-Death Penalty Advocate

Marie Dennis, Pax Christi International

Bernard Prusak, Ph.D., King’s College

Travel Information

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


Conference Organizer

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


Center for Social ConcernsCatholic Charities USA(link is external)Catholic Relief Services(link is external)Catholic Social Tradition MinorCenter for the Study of Religion and SocietyCollege of Arts and LettersCushwa Center for American CatholicismDepartment of TheologyDepartment of Political ScienceKeough School of Global AffairsKlau Institute for Civil and Human RightsKroc Institute for International Peace StudiesNanovic Institute for European StudiesNotre Dame Law School Program on Church, State, & SocietyPoverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor