The Conference on Justice and Social Concerns provides our campus community with the opportunity to engage with issues of social justice, faith, and personal and communal responsibility to the common good. Experts in both academic and practical realms will come together to lead our campus in dialogue around issues challenging our community locally and globally.
The 2021 Conference on Justice and Social Concerns, sponsored by the St. Mary’s University Center for Catholic Studies, is inspired by Fratelli Tutti: Encyclical Letter on Fraternity and Social Friendship by Pope Francis. Pope Francis’ third encyclical is centered on the major themes of service, charity, economic justice and political love, and is framed by his close friendship and experiences with the Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyeb of Al-Azhar, an Islamic university and mosque in Egypt.
Each day of the Conference will feature a pre-recorded or live panel centering on the themes presented in Fratelli Tutti and linking them to the Marianist mission and charism. Panels will premiere on the Conference webpage each morning and are pre-recorded unless otherwise indicated.
inspired by Fratelli Tutti, Chapter 2: “A Stranger on the Road”
Monday’s panels will focus on the hidden faces of sex trafficking and prison inmates, reminding us that recognition of the intrinsic worth of every human being is always owed.