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World Catholicism Week

World Catholicism Week 2023 April 13-15
Becoming a Church of the Poor: The Vincentian Charism and Reform

April 13-15, 2023 
(Chicago & via livestream)

Each year, World Catholicism Week gathers scholars and practitioners from around the world to reflect on a theme. The 2023 global gathering will address how the Vincentian charism can contribute to the process of reform that Pope Francis has inaugurated: What is the Vincentian vision for making the Church more open to God and to the poor? How does the Church need to
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Midjivin, Cameroon ~ Sr. Lorraine Toko, DC, serving the elderly poor as part of a Rosalie Projects initiative
reform, and what kinds of internal and external resistance does it face? How is a reforming Church simultaneously a Church dedicated to the transformation of the world, addressing pressing concerns of economic, political, and environmental justice? Join speakers from the Philippines, Chile, Haiti, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Nigeria, ​Argentina, the U.S., and Europe to discuss the following topics: ​

    • Historical perspectives on reform in the lives of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and Vincentian communities worldwide
    • The changing concept of "the poor" and the theme of marginality
    • The internal reform of the Church, including the roles of laity and women
    • Becoming an outward-facing Church dedicated to the transformation of the world
Download the conference flyer here.

More about the Conference

Organized by DePaul University's Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT), World Catholicism Week is an annual event, now in its 13th year, that gathers scholars from around the world to explore a single topic. CWCIT is grateful to its conference cosponsors here at DePaul: