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World Catholicism Week

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Rise Up and Walk:
Catholicism and Health Care across the Globe

April 17-19, 2020
Chicago

The Catholic Church is perhaps the largest provider of health care in the world. From sophisticated Catholic hospital systems to small rural clinics, the Church continues the legacy of healing begun by Jesus. Today, however, the gap between technologically advanced medicine and the needs of the desperately poor continues to widen. 

EKG showing a Christian cross
This conference will address some of the most pressing issues facing Catholic health care​ providers around the globe and brings together speakers from Uganda, India, Ecuador, South Korea, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Zambia. Panels will discuss 

  • Catholic health care services and strategies 
  • biblical and theological narratives of health and healing
  • the relationship between Western and non-Western traditions of medicine
  • healing trauma and invisible wounds
  • Catholic partnerships between the global South and global North

Keynote Speakers

Sr. Carol Keehan, DC
Sr. Carol Keehan, DC

  • Immediate Past President/CEO of the Catholic Health Association
  • Member of the National Academy of Medicine


  • David Cayley (Award-winning journalist & CBC Radio One broadcaster)
    David Cayley

  • Award-winning journalist & host of CBC Radio One's "Ideas" (Toronto)
  • Author of Ideas on the Nature of Science


  • More about the Conference

    Organized by DePaul University's Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT), World Catholicism Week is now in its 12th year; an annual event, it gathers scholars from around the world to explore a single topic. CWCIT is grateful to its conference cosponsors here at DePaul: