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ICC Annual Lecture

The Future of Health Care: Catholic Contributions to the National Debate

The Future of Health Care: Catholic Contributions to the National Debate

Sr. Carol Keehan, DC

President and CEO, Catholic Health Association of the United States


In the Fourth Annual ICC Lecture, Sr. Keehan addresses the past, present, and future of health care reform efforts in the United States, and the role that Catholic health care has played in those efforts. Health care is a fundamental human right.  This conviction, at the core of the US Bishops' approach to health care reform, is central to the work of the Catholic Health Care Association in advocating for a more just and equitable health care system in the United States. Consistent with the U.S. Bishops' landmark Pastoral Letter Economic Justice for All (1986), the Catholic Health Association measures the adequacy of proposals to reform health care in the United States on the basis of how such proposals will affect the least well off among us. 

Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger
While Challenging the Fear: 

The Response of the Catholic Church to the Polemic Around Refugee Resettlement in the United States

This presentation by Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., examined the imperative to assist refugees according to the moral tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Read these articles from the local press:

The Catholic Spirit


The Cardinal-Designate considered the fear that has been generated around the question of immigration, and how the Catholic community may address that anxiety. Archbishop Tobin described the circumstances surrounding a public controversy in December 2015 with the governor of Indiana regarding the resettlement of Syrian refugees by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Born in Detroit MI 05/03/52, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R. is the eldest of 13 children, and professed first vows as a Redemptorist missionary in 1973. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978, served Hispanic communities in the Midwest from 1979-91; elected general consultor to the superior general of the Redemptorists and moved to Roma (1991); elected superior general (1997), and reelected (2003); named archbishop by Benedict XVI and secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (2010); ordained to the episcopacy (2010); named metropolitan archbishop of Indianapolis (2012). He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Holy Redeemer College (Waterford, Wisconsin) in 1971; his M.Re from Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary (Esopus, New York) in 1977; and his M.Div from Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in 1979. He has had the following responsibilities within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: chair, sub-committee for the Church in Africa; co-chair, North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation; and chair, Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocation. Within the Holy See, he has had these responsbilities: member, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; and member, Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.

This lecture was cosponsored by the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office for Mission, the Theology Department, the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, the Center for Catholic Studies, the History Department, the Sociology Department, the Justice and Peace Studies Department, and the GALE Office of Community Engagement.


"The Church of Pope Francis: Theological and Practical Responses to Laudato Si"

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

7PM Woulfe Alumni Hall

Erin Lothes, assistant professor of theology at the College of St. Elizabeth, has written about the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’s recently-published Energy, Justice and Peace: A Reflection on Energy in the Current Context of Development and Environmental Protection, and she coordinated the “Discipleship and Sustainability” Interest Group of the Catholic Theological Society of America, resulting in “Catholic Moral Traditions and Energy Ethics for the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of Moral Theology.  Her forthcoming book, Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action (Orbis April 2016), analyzes the motivations driving environmental advocacy in diverse American congregations.



Faithful Citizenship

Pope Francis on Politics: Faithful Citizenship in a Time of Polarization

John Carr, Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, gave the ICC Inaugural lecture on April 23, 2015.

John Carr, known internationally for his work in the area of social justice, delivered the inaugural lecture for the newly created Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship at the University of St. Thomas. Carr directs Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, which was created in the fall of 2013, and is the Washington correspondent for America Magazine. From 2012 to 2013, he was a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and prior to that served more than twenty years as director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was the original convener of the Circle of Protection, an ecumenical coalition defending the poor and vulnerable in debates over U.S. budget priorities, and represented the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Vatican and in the Middle East, Central America, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and Russia. In addition to his work on behalf of the bishops, Carr has served as executive director of the White House Conference on Families and director of the National Committee for Full Employment. He also has served on the boards of Bread for the World, the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, the Catholic Health Association, and the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He is a 1972 graduate of St. Thomas and during his years as an undergraduate there attended the St. John Vianney College Seminary.