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World Catholicism Week

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

April 13-15, 2023 

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 reform, and what kinds of internal and
Vincent and Louise by Sister Maria Park
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? Speakers will address 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​


More about the Conference

Organized by DePaul University's Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT), World Catholicism Week is now in its 13th 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: