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Public Theology and the Global Common Good

the contribution of david hollenbach, s.j.

David Hollenbach, S.J. with a collage of his book covers

Friday, October 14 - Saturday, October 15, 2016
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Boston College

Keynote Address by Ambassador Kenneth Hackett
“The Francis Revolution: Mercy”
Friday, October 14 • 4:00 p.m.
Public reception follows in the Gasson Rotunda

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is closed.


Institute for the Liberal Arts; Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences; The Jesuit Institute; Theology Department; School of Theology and Ministry; International Studies Program; Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life; and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice


This conference will celebrate the work of David Hollenbach, S.J. and mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pastoral letter “Economic Justice for All”. The conference will begin Friday afternoon, October 14, with a public keynote lecture by Ambassador Ken Hackett and continue Saturday, October 15, with presentations by David’s former students and colleagues, opening a conversation with a newer generation of theologians on the future of public theology and the common good.


Friday, October 14, 2016 - Gasson Hall, Room 100

4:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: Ambassador Kenneth Hackett

"The Francis Revolution: Mercy"

Convener: Kristin Heyer, Professor, Boston College
Introduction: Gregory Kalscheur, S.J., Dean of Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Public reception follows in the Gasson Rotunda


Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Simboli Hall, Room 100

9:00 a.m.


Session 1:  The Future of Public Theology
Convener: Meghan Clark, Assistant Professor, St. John’s University  



9:45 a.m.


Session 2: Common Good Roundtable
Convener: M. Brinton Lykes, Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College


  • Michael Moreland, Professor, Villanova University School of Law
    "The Common Good and Constitutional Law"
  • James Bailey, Associate Professor, Duquesne University
    “The Common Good: an Impossible Possibility?”
  • Martin O’Malley, Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies and Friedrich Schiller University, Germany
    “As Ordered to the Common Good (At Least!): Mercy and Justice are Compatible"
  • Peter Fay, Ph.D. candidate, Boston College
    “Education, Justice, and the Common Good”
11:00 a.m. BREAK

11:20 a.m.


Session 3: Human Rights Roundtable
Convener: Stephen Pope, Professor, Boston College


  • Anna Floerke Scheid, Assistant Professor, Duquesne University
    “Put your Body on the Line: Embodiment, Protest, and Human Rights”
  • Gerald Beyer, Associate Professor, Villanova University
    “Practicing What We Preach: Furthering the Legacy of the Catholic Human Rights Tradition”
  • Mark Gammon, Matthew Simpson Professor of Religion, Simpson College
    “Protestants, Rights, and the Law”
  • John Carter, Ph.D. candidate, Boston College 
    “Finding a Basis for ‘Burden Sharing’ in a Communitarian Conception of Human Rights”
12:45 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

2:15 p.m.


Session 4: Migration Roundtable
Convener: Daniel Kanstroom, Professor, Boston College Law School


  • Grégoire Catta, S.J., Assistant Professor, Centre Sèvres-Facultés Jésuites de Paris
    “Receiving the Poor as our Teacher: JRS Mission of Accompanying”
  • René Micallef, S.J., Associate Professor, Pontifical Gregorian University
    "Hope-filled Considerations on Immigration Policymaking: Priority Rules for Entry and Integration”
  • Mark Potter, Newton Country Day School of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    “Solidarity, Human Rights, and Kino Border Initiative”
  • Leo Lushumbo, Ph.D. candidate, Boston College
    “The Challenges of Rape as Weapon of War: The Rights of Forced Migrants and Displaced Women to Protection and Reparations”

3:30 p.m.


Session 5: David Hollenbach’s Ongoing Legacy
Convener: Laurie Johnston, Associate Professor, Emmanuel College


  • Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor, Boston College
  • J. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • David Hollenbach, S.J., Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and Global Affairs, Georgetown University

4:30 p.m.


Closing Liturgy (STM Chapel)     

Celebrant: Kenneth Himes, OFM
Lectors: James O’Sullivan and María Teresa Dávila

Friday Keynote

Ambassador Kenneth Hackett has served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See since 2013. He was President of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) from 1993 to 2012. As regional director for Africa, he led CRS’s response to the Ethiopian famine (1984-1985) and supervised CRS’s operations during the crisis in Somalia in the early 1990s. It was under his leadership that CRS responded to recovery efforts such as those following the Rwanda genocide, the Bosnian and Kosovo emergencies, the Asian tsunami, and the Haiti earthquake. Equally notable was CRS’s work during his tenure as President on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS. After a 40-year career with CRS, Ambassador Hackett joined the University of Notre Dame’s Institution for Global Development in 2012 where he served as an advisor. Ambassador Hackett served on the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (2004-2010), a U.S. foreign aid agency dedicated to fighting global poverty. He was also a member of the Global Poverty Task Force led by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. From 1996-2004, Ambassador Hackett was Vice President of Caritas Internationalis, the confederation of Catholic humanitarian organizations. He has also served as a Member of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum – the Vatican body that coordinates the Church’s charitable work – and on the Boards of the Africa Society and Jesuit Refugee Services. Ambassador Hackett holds many distinguished honors, including 16 honorary doctorate degrees from various U.S. universities. He earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College.  

Kristin Heyer is professor of theological ethics at Boston College. She received her A.B. at Brown University and Ph.D. at Boston College in 2003. She is the author of Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration (Georgetown University Press, 2012) and Prophetic and Public: The Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism (Georgetown University Press, 2008). She recently co-edited Catholicism and Conscience: Rights, Responsibilities and Institutional Priorities with David E. DeCosse.

Rev. Gregory Kalscheur, S.J. is the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College.  He joined the faculty of the Boston College Law School in 2003, and from August 2012 to May 2014 he served as the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Faculty Development in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received his J.D. in 1988 from the University of Michigan, where he served on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and worked as a litigator at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C. Fr. Kalscheur's primary teaching and research interests include law and religion, constitutional law, civil procedure, Catholic social thought and the law, and the contributions of Ignatian spirituality to the character of Jesuit education.


Saturday Morning Presenters

Meghan J. Clark is assistant professor of theology and religious studies at St. John’s University (NY). She received her BA at Fordham University and Ph.D. at Boston College in 2009. She is the author of The Vision of Catholic Social Thought: The Virtue of Solidarity and Praxis of Human Rights (Fortress Press, 2014). In Fall 2015, she was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Lecturer at Hekima University College Institute for Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya.

Cathleen Kaveny, a scholar who focuses on the relationship of law, religion, and morality, joined the Boston College faculty in January 2014 as the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, a position that includes appointments in both the department of theology and the law school. A member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1993, Professor Kaveny clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked as an associate at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray in its health-law group The first faculty member to hold such a joint appointment, Professor Kaveny teaches in both the Theology Department and the Law School at Boston College. Among her many publications is Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Rhetoric in the Public Square (Harvard University Press, 2016). She holds an A.B. from Princeton University and M.A., M.Phil., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.

Dan DiLeo is a Ph.D. student in Theological Ethics at Boston College. Dan’s interests lie at the intersection of Catholic social thought, virtue ethics, political theology, environmental ethics and economic justice. He is especially focused on the issue of climate change and discernment of how Catholic theological ethics can contribute to deliberations about national climate policy. He has worked as Project Manager for the Catholic Climate Covenant since 2009, and was also a Mission Intern at the Catholic Health Association from 2009-2011.

Kevin Ahern is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College where he directs the Peace Studies and Labor Studies programs. He served as the president of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-Pax Romana) from 2003 to 2007 and is active on several national and international boards. He is the editor of Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church (Orbis, 2013) and the author of Structures of Grace: Catholic Organizations Serving the Global Common Good (Orbis, 2015).

M. Brinton Lykes is Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her research interests include the effects of state-sponsored terror and organized violence; human rights policy and mental health interventions; participatory action research; gender, culture, and theories of the self; and community-based strategies for change. Her many publications have appeared in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Social Science & Medicine, American Journal of Community Psychology, American Psychologist, and the Journal of Social Issues, among others. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of Action Research and Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, and as a reviewer for many other journals and has co-edited three books and co-authored two others. In 2012 she received the Ignacio Martín-Baró Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, of the American Psychological Association and in 2013 she was awarded the American Psychological Association's International Humanitarian Award.  Professor Lykes is a founder and program committee member of the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights, an Advisory Committee Member of Women's Rights International, on the Board of Directors of IMPUNTY WATCH, a former committee member and Chair of the American Psychological Association's Committee on International Relations and Psychology, and a volunteer consultant to numerous other NGOs. Professor Lykes received her B.A. at Hollins University, her M.Div. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. at Boston College.

Michael Moreland is Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law. His scholarly interests focus on law and religion, torts, and bioethics. Professor Moreland has held visiting appointments at Princeton University, where he was the Forbes Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program during 2010-11 and at the University of Notre Dame, where he was the Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Culture and a Concurrent Professor of Law during 2015-16. He received his B.A in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. and Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Following law school, Professor Moreland clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Villanova faculty, he served as Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the White House under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2006.

James Bailey is Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University, where he also serves as the Theology Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. His research interests are in the area of social ethics and he is the author of Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010). He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School and Boston College.

John Carter is a Ph.D. student in theological ethics at Boston College. After working as an attorney in Kentucky and Tennessee, primarily in constitutional civil defense litigation, John received his theological education at Wake Forest School of Divinity, spending one semester at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., as the Moyers Scholar. John was ordained as a Baptist (CBF) minister in 2010 and completed his clinical pastoral education while working as a chaplain at hospitals in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C. He recently graduated from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry with a Th.M. in moral theology, writing his thesis on conscience and religious liberty in the Baptist and Catholic traditions. John’s primary academic areas of interest include the conscience and more generally the ways the legal and theological traditions can inform one another.

Peter Fay is a Ph.D. student in theological ethics at Boston College. He previously taught world history and American history at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore, which built upon service experiences that he completed as an undergraduate and deepened his interest in theological ethics. His current research interests include virtue ethics, natural law ethics, and applied ethics – especially social ethics and the ethics of sex and gender. He hopes to explore how these scholarly interests might concretely promote human flourishing and support the common good.

Stephen Pope is Professor of Theology at Boston College. His research interests include Christian ethics and evolutionary theory, charity and natural law in Aquinas, and Roman Catholic social teachings. He has written The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love (Georgetown, 1994) and Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2007), and he has edited Essays on the Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas (Georgetown, 2001). He holds degrees from Gonzaga University and the University of Chicago.

Anna Floerke Scheid is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Duquesne University. She completed her doctoral studies in Theological Ethics at Boston College in 2009, and her MA at Catholic Theological Union in 2004. Scheid's teaching and research is in the area of Christian social ethics. She pays special attention to issues of war, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconciliation, and to African theologies of inculturation. Her work appears in Horizons, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and Teaching Theology and Religion. She is the author of Just Revolution: A Christian Ethic of Political Resistance and Social Transformation (Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2015).  

Gerald J. Beyer is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Villanova University. He earned a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College in 2005. His research explores the theoretical underpinnings of the Catholic social tradition and applies them to social issues such as economic justice, human rights and workers’ rights, political responsibility, access to higher education and racism. His publications include Recovering Solidarity: Lessons from Poland’s Unfinished Revolution (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2010). His current book project is tentatively titled Solidarity or Status Quo? Catholic Social Teaching and the Mission of Catholic Universities.

Martin J. O’Malley is Coordinator of “Hearts of Flesh-Not Stone” Project (DFG-funded) at the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies, and Research Scholar at Ethics Center Jena at the Friedrich Schiller University, Germany. O’Malley has degrees from Hamilton College (AB), St. Louis University (MPhil), Boston College (PhD), and Weston Jesuit School of Theology (MDiv, STL). Recent research include a project on dignity discourse in US and Germany (“Würde ist nicht dignitas” - Volkswagen Foundation), and a project on synthetic biology (“Framing Nature: The Ethics of Synthetic Biology” - BMBF). O’Malley’s present research focuses on praxis-oriented ethical discourse relevant to conflict situations.

Mark E. Gammon is the Matthew Simpson Professor of Religion at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Formerly a Research Associate at the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, he has done work on communitarian politics, public theology, First Amendment law, and Jewish-Christian relations.


Saturday Afternoon Presenters

Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law, the Director of the International Human Rights Program, and an Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He teaches Immigration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Administrative Law, and the International Human Rights Semester in Practice. He has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration law, criminal law, and European citizenship and asylum law in such venues as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and the French Gazette du Palais.  His most recent book, Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History, was published in 2007 by Harvard University Press. Professor Kanstroom is the founder and director of the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Clinic, in which students represent indigent non-citizens and asylum-seekers. He is also on the Board of the Directors of the PAIR Project, and was rapporteur for the American Branch of the Refugee Law Section of the International Law Association.

Grégoire Catta, S.J., holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry focusing in theological social ethics. He is assistant professor of theology at Centre Sèvres-Facultés Jésuites de Paris and fellow of Ceras (Center for social research and action), Paris.

Leocadie Lushumbo is a Ph.D. student in theological ethics at Boston College.  She holds degrees from the Catholic Theological Union, the Catholic University of Central Africa, and Institute of Commerce Kinshasa. She worked from 2008 to 2012 as a consultant/formator with national and international NGOs in planning, monitoring, and assessing development and lobbying projects; financing affordable housing; and monitoring Governance and Gender programs in D.R. Congo, Cameroon, and Peru.  She has published articles on deforestation and climate change in the D.R.C., on women in poverty, and on the paradox of Congo’s mineral wealth.

René Micallef, S.J., is a Maltese Jesuit priest. He lives in Rome and teaches Moral Theology and Social Ethics at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University, specializing in topics such as migration, conflict, human rights and the sources of moral reasoning. He has studied in universities in Malta, Italy, the UK, France and Spain, and holds a doctoral degree from Boston College. During his studies, Fr Micallef has been involved in Hispanic prison ministry and has collaborated with NGOs such as the Jesuit Refugee Service; he has known and befriended refugee and immigrant families since his childhood.

Mark Potter is a faculty member teaching religion at Newton Country Day School of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He studied at Fairfield University, the University of Chicago and received a doctorate in Theological Ethics from Boston College.  His academic work centers on the development of solidarity in the Catholic social tradition. For ten years, he served as the director of social justice ministries with the Jesuits in the western US, where he played a founding role in the Kino Border Initiative.

Laurie Johnston is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Fellowships at Emmanuel College in Boston. In 2016-7 she is also a Visiting Scholar at BC’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice. She holds a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College, as well as degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard Divinity School.  She recently co-edited Can War Be Just in the Twenty-first Century? Ethicists Engage the Tradition (Orbis, 2015) with Tobias Winright.

Lisa Sowle Cahill is J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor at Boston College, where she has taught theology since 1976. She is a past president of both the Catholic Theological Society of America  and the Society of Christian Ethics, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Lisa Cahill received her B.A. in Theology from Santa Clara University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her areas of special interest are Method in theological ethics; New Testament and ethics; Christology and Ethics; Ethics of Sex and Gender; Bioethics; Ethics of war and peacemaking; Social ethics, common good and globalization, and Catholic social teaching. Among her many publications is Global Justice, Christology, and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also the Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society. He served on the faculty of Georgetown University (1984 to 1992) and the Harvard Divinity School (1993 to 2001). His writings include: "The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Continuity and Change; Military Intervention and National Sovereignty; Catholicism and Democracy;" and "Social Values and Public Policy: A Contribution from a Religious Tradition."

Below you will find a list of local hotel options. Please visit each site for accurate rate information, as rates can sometimes change.

Map of hotels in relation to Boston College


Walker Center Bed and Breakfast

144 Hancock Street
Auburndale, MA 02466

Hotel Overview

The Walker House Bed and Breakfast, on the campus of The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange, is used primarily for overnight lodging for our group conferences and retreats. When rooms are available, we invite overnight guests who seek quiet surroundings for reflection, meditation, contemplation, and study.

Courtyard Marriott Boston-Brookline

40 Webster Street, Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446

Hotel Overview

Only minutes from downtown Boston, the Courtyard Brookline, MA, hotel is a custom-designed, eight-story hotel located in the Coolidge Corner area of Brookline, MA. Guests of our hotel will enjoy our state-of-the-art lobby, renovated guest rooms featuring complimentary Wi-Fi and flexible space to work. Our new Bistro provides guests with healthy food options which are a new way to eat, drink and connect while on the road.

Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton

320 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458

Hotel Overview

The Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton hotel is uniquely situated over the Massachusetts Turnpike in lovely Newton, close to prominent universities and hospitals. Only 5 miles to all the excitement and culture of Boston, minutes from Fenway Park, and convenient to Cambridge and the bustling 128 beltway, our location, on the MBTA bus route, provides direct access to all these locations.

Travelers will love that the Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton Hotel is near the legendary Fenway Park, downtown Boston, as well as major universities and hospitals. Conveniently located over the Mass Pike, in between Boston and the 128 corporate beltway.

Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline

1200 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Hotel Overview  

The charming brownstones and tree-lined streets of historic Brookline surround the Holiday Inn® Boston-Brookline in MA. Our hotel's full-service accommodations are a great destination for business and leisure travelers.

Travelers headed to Boston, MA love our hotel's proximity to Fenway Park, where they can catch a Red Sox game. You'll find it easy to get to the shops and restaurants of Coolidge Corner, Beacon Hill and Faneuil Hall. Other top attractions include NE Aquarium, Boston College, Boston University, convention centers and Logan Airport.



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Ambassador Hacket, our keynote speaker, greets Pope Francis and President Obama

Ambassador Hackett, our keynote speaker, greets Pope Francis and President Obama.