During a time when the United States is choosing its future leader and all in the Americas share concerns about immigration, economic disparity, globalization and the state of our environment, Catholic Theological Union (CTU) and DePaul University in Chicago invite you to participate in "Transformed by Hope: Building a Catholic Social Theology for the Americas."

This conference, which marks the fortieth anniversary of the 1968 historic meeting of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference (CELAM) in Medellín, Colombia, will bring the strength of Catholic social teaching to bear on the urgent concerns of our day. The goal is to project a vision of Christian hope and solidarity for the Church of the Americas.


Opening Plenary Session: Wednesday, October 29, 7:00-9:00 pm at CTU

Forty Years after Medellín: Ecclesial Solidarity Across Border

  • Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • Archbishop James Weisgerber of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops/La Conférence des Évêques Catholiques du Canada

  • Reverend Sidney Fones, Secretary General Adjunct of el Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano


Second Plenary Session: Thursday, October 30, 9:00-10:20 am, at DePaul University

Medellín, Aparecida, and the Future

  • Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P.

Third Plenary Session: Thursday, October 30, 2:30-4:30 pm, at DePaul University

Catholic Social Theology: Perspectives Across the Americas

  • Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., Boston College

  • Laura Vargas Valcárcel, CEAS (Comisión Episcopal de Acción Social): Peruvian Bishops’ Social Action Commission

  • With a response by Peter Casarella, DePaul University

Closing Enlace Session: Friday, October 31, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, at CTU

Theological Voices from a Globalized Hemisphere

  • John Allen, National Catholic Reporter

  • Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

  • Bryan Massingale, Marquette University

  • Carmen Nanko-Fernández, Catholic Theological Union

If you are interested in attending this conference, Register Today. Space is limited! 

For more information, you can contact us by phone (773) 325-7660 or e-mail at Hope08conference@depaul.edu.