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2023 Schedule

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The conference will be held in person at DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus here in Chicago but will also be livestreamed. The schedule will follow Central Daylight Time (CDT), which corresponds to UTC-5, Coordinated Universal Time. Access information for the livestream will be e-mailed to everyone who registers closer to the dates of the conference.

:: Location for Today's Sessions ::

DePaul Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave. (map)
Rooms 314A+B (see building floor plan)

:: Schedule ::


Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation (pre-conference session)*

Each year, undergrads from DePaul’s Catholic Studies courses submit a research poster, focused on that year’s World Catholicism Week topic/theme. The top 8-10 are selected by their professors to present their research posters in a public, interactive session before the conference itself kicks off. And three of our conference speakers serve as respondents, speaking individually with the students about their research and then coming together to offer their comments on each student’s work in a “feedback session.”  

Please stay tuned for the list of our 2023 student presenters and their topics!

This year's respondents are

  • Daniel F. Pilario, CM (St. Vincent School of Theology—Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Yasmine Cajuste (Famvin Homeless Alliance—Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
  • Theresa Eke, DC (Daughters of Charity International Leadership—Paris, France)

his session will not be livestreamed, given its interactive, mix-and-mingle nature.

4:00-4:15pm Break

4:15-5:00pm Words of Welcome—William T. Cavanaugh (Director, CWCIT—DePaul University)

Opening Keynote AddressTomaž Mavrič, CM (Superior General—Congregation of the Mission and the Company of the Daughters of Charity)

5:00-6:30pm Break for dinner (on your own)

6:30-8:30pm ROUNDTABLE—The Historical Vision of Reform in the Vincentian Charism
  • Alison Forrestal—Ways of Knowing: The Laity in Early Vincentian Practices of Reform
  • John Rybolt, CM—Vincent de Paul: A Reformer? Two Cases—The Salon of Mme. Acarie and the Council of Conscience
  • Raymond Sickinger—To Become a Church of the Poor: Frédéric Ozanam's Lay Vision of Reform & Transformation

Moderator: Margaret Marie Clifford, DC (Advancement Initiatives for Sponsored Works, Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise—St. Louis)

:: Location for Today's Sessions ::

DePaul Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave. (map)
Rooms 324 and 325 (see building floor plan)

:: Schedule ::

9:00-10:00am Continental breakfast

10:00am-12:00pm ROUNDTABLE—Marginality: The Evolution of the Concept of the Poor
  • Jorge Costadoat, SJ—The Poor as Theologians
  • Theresa Eke, DC—Beyond Charity: Evolution of the Mission of the Daughters of Charity in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Dominque Iyolo, CM—The Vincentian Charism: An Invitation to the Church's Bold Reform Today

Moderator: Catherine Mary (Katie) Norris, DC (Provincial, Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise—St. Louis)

12:00-1:30pm Break for lunch (on your own)

1:30-3:30pm ROUNDTABLE—The Reform of the Church
  • Carlos Schickendantz—Church Reforms and Synodality
  • Matthieu Brejon de Lavergnée—Do We Invent the Saints We Need? Pope Francis, the Saints "Next Door," and Lay Vincentians
  • Guillermo Campuzano, CM—A New Way of Being Church: A New Way of the Vincentian Charism

Moderator: Betty Ann McNeil, DC (Vincentian Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University—Chicago)

3:30-4:00pm Break

4:00-5:30pm Keynote Address
"Repair My House: Empowering the Church of the Poor through the Eyes of St. Vincent"

Daniel F. Pilario, CM (Associate Professor, St. Vincent School of Theology, and Director of Research—Adamson University)

Moderator: Julie Cutter, DC (Councillor, Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise—St. Louis)


:: Location for Today's Sessions ::

DePaul Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave. (map)
Rooms 314A+B (see building floor plan)

:: Schedule ::

9:00-10:00am Check-in & registration / Continental breakfast

10:00am-12:00pm ROUNDTABLE—The Transformation of Society
  • Renato Lima de Oliveira—The Society of St. Vincent de Paul: 190 Years of Love, Empathy, and Hope for Those in Need
  • Yasmine Cajuste—The Encounter with Those Experiencing Poverty for the Transformation of Society
  • Franciscus Armada Riyanto, CM—The Formation of the Laity & Seminarians for an Outward-Facing Church: A Vincentian Contribution to the Reform of the Catholic Church in Indonesia

Moderator: Francine Soulinas (Chief Mission Officer, Marillac St. Vincent Family ServicesChicago)

12:00-1:30pm Break for lunch (on your own)

1:30-3:00pm Keynote Address
"Education, Integral Human Development, and Faith: Challenges & Opportunities"

Quentin Wodon 
(Director, International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa—UNESCO)

Moderator: TBA

3:00-3:15pm Short break

3:15-3:45pm Conference Wrap-Up Discussion

3:45-4:00pm Short break
4:00-5:00pm Closing Mass (will not be livestreamed)