Purpose of the Conference

The Catholic Church in the United States strives to attain the unity in communion that is confessed in the Creed: “One, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” At the same time, it experiences the diversity of its membership and debate on crucial issues that affect both its life as a community and its apostolic mission. At times this debate has become polarizing and threatens the unity in communion the Church seeks.

The Catholic Common Ground Initiative, now located in the Cardinal Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union, and the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University, are committed to finding ways of shaping the debate so that Church can be “a school of communion” as the late Pope John Paul II wished it to become. This conference, “The U.S. Catholic Church: The Challenge of Communion,” is intended to foster ways of seeking common ground within the Church today by addressing both the challenges and the opportunities for bringing voices within the Church into faithful and respectful dialogue.

This conference will address a series of critical issues with which the Church is contending today: passing on the faith to youth, the ethnic diversity of US Catholicism and in particular the challenge of cultural integrity faced by recent immigrants, racism, Catholic identity, and liturgy. It will engage these issues by bringing different points of view into dialogue and engaging the participants in the conference in this process, as a way of building up communion in the Church.


Plenary Address: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 9:00 – 10:30am at DePaul University LPC Student Center

"The Challenge of Communion in the US Catholic Church"

Concurrent Sessions: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 11:00am – 12:30pm and 2:00-3:30pm at DePaul University LPC Student Center

Track 1: Communion and Fragmentation among Youth and Young Adults

  • Claire Noonan, Dominican University
  • Hosffman Ospino, Boston College

Track 2: Beyond the Melting Pot: Cultural Integrity in US Catholicism

Track 3: Challenges of Communion and Racism

Track 4: Challenges of Communion & Catholic Identity

Track 5: Liturgy and Communion

  • Sr. Catherine Vincie, RSHM, Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • David Fagerberg, University of Notre Dame

If you are interested in attending this conference, Register Today. Space is limited!

For more information, you can contact us by phone (773) 325-4158 or e-mail at Communion@depaul.edu

Doris Gottemoeller