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LonerganWidely regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, Bernard J. Lonergan will be the focus of a day of research, discussion and insights in which all are welcome to participate.

On Saturday, April 24, the Center for Catholic Studies will host Contemporary Movements for Social Justice from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute and the Micah Institute for Business and the Economy, this annual conference will take place in the Science and Technology Amphitheatre and Atrium (McNulty Hall). Registration is $20, which includes lunch.

To register, or for additional information, please e-mail or call (973) 275-2525.

During his lifetime, the Canadian philosopher-theologian Lonergan (1904-1984) wrote about the "pure cycle" of economic activity -- the harmonious relationship between production, consumption, finance and a standard of living reflecting the common good. This conference focuses on these ideas and how they relate to various movements for justice today: particularly, the Focolare movement's "Economy of Communion" and the Sant'Egidio movement. The day will end with a panel representing other movements and perspectives on the contemporary challenges to social justice.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

9:30 a.m. Introduction

Moderator: Ki Joo Choi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, Seton Hall University; Msgr. Richard Liddy, Director, Center for Catholic Studies and the Bernard Lonergan Institute

9:45 a.m. Keynote Address

Darlene O'Leary, Ph.D., St. Paul University, Ottawa, Lonergan Centre; Theologian and Economist, Director of Programs on Spirituality and Social Justice, on "Economic Democracy: Lonergan and the Antigonish Movement."

10:30 a.m. Response

Questions and comments from the audience

10:45 a.m. Break

11 a.m. Presentation

On Focolare's "Economy of Communion in Freedom" movement
A concrete attempt to address acute social problems on an international scale through business activity.

Dr. John B. Gallagher, Ph.D., Maryville College, TN
Ms. Elizabeth Garlow B.S., Economics, Kalamzoo College, MI
Mr. James. T. Milway, C.P.M.; B.S., M.B.A., Seton Hall University

11:40 a.m. Response

Questions and comments from the audience

12 p.m. Lunch - McNulty Atrium

1 p.m. Presentation

On The Community of Sant' Egidio
A Christian lay community of over 40,000 members operating in over 70 countries to serve the very poor, defend human dignity and human rights, together with prayer and communication of the Gospel.

Andrea Bartoli, Director of the International Conflict Resolution Program at Columbia University's International and Public Affairs; Chair of the Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network

1:40 p.m. Response

Questions and comments from the audience

2 p.m. Panel Discussion:

"Contemporary Movements for Justice"

Moderator: Paul LaChance, Professor of Philosophy/Theology, College of St. Elizabeth, NJ


  • Father Jack Martin, Diocesan priest, Archdiocese of Newark and Co-Founder of the Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast (HSNNE)
  • Fredrick Fakharzadah, M.D., President, American Foundation of Hand Surgeons; Board of Directors, Centesimus Annus-Pro-Pontifice 
  • Professor Dermot Quinn, G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, on Distributism

3 p.m. Conclusions/Summary - All Participants 

  • Where do we go from here?
  • Ways to promote an accurate understanding of the economy and movements for justice individually, socially, academically, within families and communities.

Through its programs and projects, namely the Micah Business Leadership Project, the Woodstock Business Conference/Seton Hall Chapter and the Catholic Social Teaching Topics online resource, the Micah Institute for Business and the Economy offers a comprehensive understanding of Catholic social teaching, economic justice and the world of work. Founded by Deacon William Toth, it addresses key social issues, explores whether there is a more just way for the economy to work, and via collaboration with the Stillman School of Business, presents ongoing seminars that prepare students to build a more just and equitable society.

Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997 under the leadership of Msgr. Richard M. Liddy, Ph.D., the Center for Catholic Studies is rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and dedicated to fostering a dialogue between religion and all areas of contemporary culture, including science, humanities, and professional life. Its work contributes to fostering the wholeness or "Catholicity" that Seton Hall University seeks to bring into the world. To that end, the Center sponsors an undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies, offering a major, minor and certificate program, co-curricular activities, foreign study opportunities, and publishes Arcadia, a student journal. It also offers an ongoing program on faith and culture topics for faculty, students and the general public. The Center includes the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, its journal The Lonergan Review, and the Micah Institute for Business and Economics. It is also the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture and its prestigious journal, The Chesterton Review. Please visit the Center for Catholic Studies website »

For more information please contact:
Danute Nourse
(973) 275-2525


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