Catholic Social Thought in the Era of Pope Francis

Roots in the work of Saint Alberto Hurtado

October 23, 2018

Heights Room at Corcoran Commons
Boston College Main Campus

International Conference "Catholic Social Thought in the Era of Pope Francis: Roots in the Work of Saint Alberto Hurtado"


The thought of Saint Alberto Hurtado, Jesuit priest and lawyer canonized in 2005, has been quite influential in Latin America, is regrettably little known in the English-speaking world. The book "Social Morality" a posthumous book by Saint Alberto Hurtado, S.J., translated and edited by Professor Scott FitzGibbon and Fernanda Soza, will be presented in the event. This will be the first time a work written by Hurtado is published in the U.S. This edition includes introductory comments and more than 600 footnotes.

This conference is part of a project that aims to make Saint Alberto Hurtado's ideas accessible to English speakers. More than 20 people from 6 different countries will deliver papers about Hurtado's work and Catholic Social Thought.

Alberto Hurtado

Saint Alberto Hurtado

Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00 a.m.                   Coffee Reception

9:00-9:15 a.m.                   Opening remarks:

                                          -Dean Thomas D. Stegman, S.J. (School of Theology and Ministry, BC)    

9:15-9:30 a.m.                   Hurtado's Project and Book Presentation:

                                          -Scott FitzGibbon and Fernando Soza (BC Law School)    

9:30-10:15 a.m.                Keynote Speaker

                                         -John Gavin S.J. (College of the Holy Cross)


 10:15-11:30 a.m.             First Panel: Hurtado's life in the context of the Catholic Social

                                         -Chair: Fernando Soza (BC Law School)


                                         Cristian Del Campo, S.J. (Provincial Society of Jesus, Chile)

                                         Kenneth Himes (Theology Department, Morrissey College, BC)

                                         Francisco Jimenez, S.J. (Padre Hurtado Foundation, Chile)

                                         Tony Mifsud, S.J. (Director Mensaje Magazine, Chile)
                                         Questions and discussion


11:30- 12:45 p.m.            Second Panel: Individuals, Family, and Societal Structures in Hurtado's Thought

                                         -Chair: Scott FitzGibbon (BC Law School)


                                         Carmen Dominguez (Law School, Universidad Catolica de Chile)

                                         Ursula Basset (Law School, Universidad Catlica de Argentina)

                                         Samuel Fernandez (School of Theology, Universidad Catolica de Chile)

                                         Soledad Del Villar (School of Theology, Boston College)

                                         Questions and discussion


12:45-1:45 p.m.                Lunch Time


1:45-2:00 p.m.                  Welcoming Remarks:

                                         -Dean Vincent Rougeau (BC Law School)


2:00-3:00 p.m.                 Third Panel: Toward a More Engaged Society

                                         -Chair: Tomeu Estelrich (Center for Ignatian Spirituality, BC)


                                         Fr. Grzegorz Zielinski (Kazimierz Pulaski University, Poland)

                                         Scott FitzGibbon (BC Law School)

                                         Mario Valdivia (Chile)

                                         Questions and discussion


3:00-3:45 p.m.                  Keynote Speaker

                                         -Rosa Bruno-Jofre (Queens University, Canada)


3:45-4:00 p.m.                 Closing Remarks

                                         -Scott FitzGibbon (BC Law School)

The Conference will take place in the Heights room at Corcoran Commons, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, 02467 on the Boston College Chestnut Hill Campus.

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