2023 Preaching Conference

"Visions of the Reign of God: Preaching and Catholic Social Teaching"

June 26-28, 2023

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The 1971 Synod of Catholic Bishops asserted, “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, or, in other words, of the Church's mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.” [§6]  The seventh major Notre Dame preaching conference will seek to build bridges between two realms of Catholic life which are too often not well connected, preaching and social action.  How can we preach the social teachings of the Church?  How might Catholic preaching be enriched by reading both the scriptural text and the contemporary world through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching?  And how might the understanding of CST be enriched through reflection on the Church’s mission to preach, teach, and evangelize?  This conference is an opportunity for fruitful dialogue and mutually enriching collaboration among those who engage in the Church’s ministry.


Day One- Monday, June 26

  • Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart- Archbishop Wester
  • Keynote Speaker 1: Archbishop John Wester, "The Preacher as a Window of God's Grace" 

Day Two- Tuesday, June 27

  • Keynote Speaker 2: Barbara Reid OP, "Women Preachers Giving Voice to God's Dream for Justice and Equity"
  • Workshop Session 1:
    • Daniel Groody, CSC, "A Theology of Migration: A Vision of Reconciliation" 
    • Raymond Kemp, "Praying/Preaching from Deepest Desires: the first Black Parish in DC, the First Gen Classroom at Georgetown, and the Wealthiest DC parish in Resouces and Faithful- Feeding on the Faith of the Folks."
    • Blake Leyerle, "Getting the Careless to Care: John Chrysostom's Approach to Social Justice"
    • Richard Lischer, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Strategies of Style"
  • Workshop Session 2:
    • Bishop Daniel Flores, "The Challenges Surrounding Preaching Social Justice at the Sunday Mass"
    • David Lantigua, "Social Teaching and the Ethics of the New Evangelization"
    • Dan Misleh, "The Mountains Sing and the Trees Clap: Preaching Gratitude for Creation's Abundance"
    • Deacon Steve Meyer, "Storytelling in Homilies: How to Make Your Message Real"
  • Keynote Speaker 3: Jorge Presmanes OP, "Prophetic Preaching in Context"
  • Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart- Bishop Daniel Flores
  • Social followed by Banquet

Day Three- Wednesday, June 28

  • Keynote Speaker 4: Mary Novak, "Acting Justly, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly with Our God: Critical Dimensions of Preaching Catholic Social Teaching"
  • Workshop Session 3:
    • Kimberly Baker, "Care for the Poor: Patristic Themes"
    • Bill Purcell, "'Bring Glad Tidings' (Luke 4:18)- Catholic Social Tradition as Means of Building the Body of Christ"
    • Todd Walatka, "Prophetic Preaching in Polarized Times: St. Óscar Romero and Preaching Catholic Social Teaching Today"
    • Steve Wilbricht CSC, "Preaching Our Common Baptism as Missionary Disciples" 
  • Workshop Session 4:
    • Guerric DeBona OSB, "The Advent of God's Reign: Towards a Liturgical Preaching Plan for Social Justice"
    • Timothy Matovina, "Preaching Discipleship: Lessons from Guadalupe and Juan Diego"
    • Margie Pfeil, "Preaching Catholic Social Teaching: Linking Contemplation and Action"
    • Paul Kollman CSC, "TBA"
  • Keynote Speaker 5: Cardinal Wilton Gregory, "Preaching the Vision of Fratelli Tutti"
  • Closing Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart- Cardinal Gregory


For more information on the presentations and speakers click here


Early bird registration through April 30th is $300. From May 1st onward registration is $350. Residence hall housing is available at $80/night. A limited number of rooms at the Morris Inn are available at the conference rate of $135/night. 

To register or get more information on lodging click here or call the UEE at: 574-631-1400