The Church in the Modern World: Teaching and Understanding Gaudium et Spes after 50 Years” has three interrelated objectives. First, it will examine the contemporary context of the Church in the 21st century. Second, it will reflect on the continuing impact of Gaudium et Spes on the Church, its practices and its theology. Third, it will look more broadly at the role of Catholic colleges and universities in educating students to be agents of the proper development of human culture for “the good of the community and of the whole society” (Gaudium et Spes §59).
The conference includes four sessions open to the general public. The speakers for these sessions are:
Massimo Faggioli, University of St. Thomas MN,
Gaudium et Spes 50 Years After: Its Meaning for a Learning Church
Cathleen Kaveny, Boston College,
Joy and Hope? Catholic Social Teaching after the Second Vatican Council
Leslie Woodcock Tentler, Catholic University of America
Hope and Anguish: A Grass-roots Look at the Catholic 1960s
William Cavanaugh, DePaul University
Return of the Golden Calf: Economy, Idolatry, and Secularization since Gaudium et Spes
The registration fee of $55 covers an opening reception on Thursday as well as participation in eight concurrent sessions with academic presentations from faculty (and some graduate students) from Benedictine College, University of Utah, Boston College, University of St. Catherine, University of Dayton, Marquette University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, St. John’s University NY, Seton Hall University, Minnesota Catholic Conference, Prairie College, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart-Milan, Italy, Walsh University, University of South Carolina Aiken, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Loyola Marymount University, St. Mary’s College of California, The University of Oklahoma, Cabrini College and the University of St. Thomas. The topics of the sessions include Theology and Art, Questions of Authority, Interreligious and Ecumenical Dialogue, Women and Gaudium et Spes, Karl Rahner and Gaudium et Spes, Morality and Rights, Evaluating Progress, Social Catholicism in the Public Sphere, Technology, The Impact on Business Life, Teaching Gaudium et Spes, The Impact of Gaudium et Spes, Some Contemporary Concerns, Applying the Tradition in Education, Rights and Freedoms, Catholicism’s Contribution to Human Flourishing, Creation and Education and Peace and Harmony in Catholic Thought. A complete schedule is available on the website.
The $80 registration includes dinner on Friday night.
Registration for the full conference is $55 for the conference or $80 for the conference and the Friday evening banquet. See the full schedule under Conference Schedule.
The four plenary speakers are free and open to the public. The public is also invited to the 4:30 mass on Friday, March 13.
Click the link to register here!
Directions to the University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avernue St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 962-6150 or (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-6150
To Anderson Parking facility
From the west: East on I-94, exit at Cretin Avenue. Go right (south) about one mile to Grand Avenue. Take a right at the Grand Avenue stop light. The Anderson Parking Facility will be on your left. Please park here.
From the east: Take I-94 west to the Cretin/Vandalia exit. Go left (south) on Cretin Avenue about one mile to Grand Avenue. Take a right at the Grand Avenue stop light. The Anderson Parking Facility will be on your left. Please park here.
From the North: When I-35 splits into 35E and 35W, follow 35E. Take 35E to Exit I-94 going west. Take I-94 west to the Cretin/Vandalia exit. Go left (south) on Cretin Avenue about one mile to Grand Avenue. Take a right at the Grand Avenue stop light. The Anderson Parking Facility will be on your left. Please park here.
From the south: When I-35 splits into 35E and 35W, follow 35E. Take 35E north to the Randolph exit. Make a left on Randolph (crossing over 35E) and follow Randolph for approximately two miles to Cretin Avenue. Make a right on Cretin Avenue and go approximately 1.5 miles to Grand Avenue. Take a left at the Grand Avenue stop light. The Anderson Parking Facility will be on your left. Pleasepark here.
St. Paul Parking Ramps
The UST St. Paul campus has three parking ramps available for visitor parking. Hourly parking at the Anderson Parking Facility and the Morrison Parking Ramp is available between 5:00 am and 2:00 am. Visitor parking at the McNeely Ramp is available after 4:00 pm. The cost for hourly parking in these ramps is $1.50/hr before 4:00 pm and $1.00/hr after 4:00 pm. There is no overnight visitor parking in these ramps.
There are two methods for visitor access to the ramps.
1) You can swipe a credit card at the gate to enter. If you swipe a card, do not take a ticket. Upon leaving, you will swipe your credit card again to exit. The length and cost of your stay is automatically determined by the times of your card swipes.
2) You can also take a ticket at the gate to enter. You will need to take your ticket with you when you leave your vehicle. Upon returning to your vehicle, you will first go to the paystation to pay. Paystations are located in the elevator/stair lobbies of each ramp. Enter your ticket in the paystation for the total amount owed. Enter payment. Your ticket will be returned to you after payment. Enter the ticket at the exit gate to leave.
Anderson Parking Facility (Recommended)
Located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.
Morrison Parking Ramp
Located beneath Morrison Residence Hall, visitors parking in the Morrison ramp should enter campus at the intersection of Selby Ave. and Finn St. Follow the drive aisle south , under the skyway, toward the stadium. Take a hard right at the end of the drive aisle. The visitor ramp entrance is the eastern entrance beneath the residence hall.
McNeely Parking Ramp
Visitor parking is available at the McNeely Ramp only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The McNeely Ramp entrance is located within parking lot K, underneath McNeely Hall.
Anderson Student Center Parking Garage
Visitor parking is available at the Anderson Student Center Parking Garage only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The Anderson Student Center Parking Garage entrance can be accessed from the Anderson Student Center turnaround off of Cretin Avenue.
St. Paul Parking Meters
Parking meters are available for short term parking in several lots around campus. Meters can be found in lots G, M and O
Visitors to the University of St. Thomas campuses receive a discounted rate at area hotels. The rates are established through arrangements with the university and a consortium of colleges in the Twin Cities. Please review the hotels offering the rates below and follow the instructions for receiving the special rates.
Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis/Bloomington
7800 Bloomington Ave S Bloomington MN 55425 Map
952 876-0100 Ask for University of St. Thomas Rate Reserve Online (With Discount)
Bloomington at Mall of America
2221 Killebrew Drive Bloomington MN 55425 Map
952 845-5555 Ask for University of St. Thomas Rate Reserve Online (With Discount)
Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown
175 W 7th St St Paul MN 55102 Map
651 225-1515 Ask for University of St. Thomas Rate Reserve Online (With Discount)
Embassy Suites Hotel
175 E. 10th St St. Paul MN 55101 Map
651 224-5400 or 1-800-embassy (362-2779) Ask for University of St. Thomas Rate Reserve Online (With Discount)
The Saint Paul Hotel
350 Market St St. Paul MN 55102 Map
651 292-9292 or 1-800 292-9292 Ask for ACTC Rate Visit Site Enter the Rate/Corporate ID Code of ACTC
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
1313 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis MN 55403 Map
1-800-522-8856 Ask for University of St. Thomas Rate Reserve Online (With Discount)
Double Tree Guest Suites
1101 LaSalle Ave Minneapolis MN 55403 Map
800 245-8011 or 612 332-6800 Ask for University of St. Thomas Rate Reserve Online (With Discount)
Holiday Inn Express Minneapolis Convention Center
225 S. 11th St. Minneapolis MN 55403 Map
800 870-0114 or 612 341-3300 Ask for University of St. Thomas Rate Reserve Online (With Discount)
Gaudium et Spes after 50 Years: Its Meaning for Learning Church