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The Catholic Campus and Advocacy for Justice

For the past 40 years, Catholic colleges and universities have grown strong service outreach and service-learning programs, but at the same time advocacy for justice offerings are not necessarily as robust and prominent. All the while, Pope Francis calls the world community along with Catholic institutions everywhere to advocate for ecological sustainability and the rights of all those oppressed including laborers, immigrants, refugees and victims of violence. How might students at Catholic colleges and universities in the New York area learn from each other and mobilize around key advocacy for justice issues? Co-funded by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, this April 20 mini-conference is hosted by Iona College and co-sponsored by the College of Mt. St. Vincent, Manhattan College, and St. John’s University.

Keynote Address

Father Bryan Massingale

Fr. Bryan Massingale, STD. Professor of Theology and Social Ethics, Fordham University

Fr. Bryan Massingale is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation theology. He joined the Fordham theology faculty in the fall of 2016. Previously, Fr. Massingale was on the faculty at Marquette University, where in 2009 he received that institution’s highest award for excellence in teaching. He has served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, and holds two honorary doctorates. His book, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis Books, 2010), won a first-place book award from the Catholic Press Association.


  • 2 - 3 p.m.: Registration
  • 3 - 3:10 p.m.: Welcome and Prayer
  • 3:20 p.m.: Introduction of Fr. Bryan Massingale, STD
  • 3:25 p.m.: Fr. Bryan Massingale, STD
  • 4:05 p.m.: Q&A with Fr. Bryan Massingale, STD
  • 4:20 p.m.: Depart to Workshops
  • 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.: Workshop I
  • 5:20 - 6:05 p.m.: Workshop II
  • 6:10 p.m.: Closing Prayer and Joint Advocacy Action by Ginkgo Tree
  • 6:30 p.m.: Departure

Please complete registration by April 13, 2018 .