Loyola University Maryland

Committee on Catholic Social Thought



Throughout the academic year, the Committee for Catholic Social Thought hosts both a speaker series and a luncheon series in conjunction with academic departments and the Jesuit Residence. Below is the schedule for the current and upcoming semesters. An archive of the speaker series and the luncheon discussion series is also available.

Lunchtime Discussion Series Fall 2019

The Medellin Statement, 1968

For our autumn 2019 reflection on the tradition of Catholic social thought, we have chosen to look back to 1968 and the truly remarkable documents of the Second Bishop’s Conference of Latin America, typically known by the name of the city of Medellin, Colombia, where the conference was hosted.  

We will read documents found here: 

The Committee on Catholic Social Thought will also post short readings here, but also bring hard copies to the lunchtime meetings so people can follow along with the selected passages for discussion.  

Presenters speak for no more than 30 minutes, just to get the ball rolling, and then it’s open discussion of your thoughts/questions about the readings/topic for the last half hour or more.    

Our three meetings are:

Noon until 1:05 pm
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019
    David Carey (Loyola)
    The historical and cultural background to the Bishop’s Conference 
    Reading: “Populorum progressio,” n. 1–20 and 76–77

    Room SC E317.  E317 is the large conference room on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, just on the other side of the Student Activities and ALANA offices.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
    Daniel Castillo (Loyola) 
    Reading: “Peace” 

    College Center 114 just behind Starbucks
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    Graham McAleer (Loyola)
    Reading: “Poverty of the Church”

College Center 114 just behind Starbucks

Please feel free to bring a lunch.  All are welcome to join in the broad, open, and convivial discussions that are the hallmark of sponsored events by Loyola’s Committee on Catholic Social Thought.  Should you have questions, please write to me at gmcaleer@loyola.edu