Vincentian Chair of Social Justice

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The Vincentian Chair of Social Justice was established in 1994 in response to the recommendation Pope John Paul II made to the delegates of the Congregation of the Mission’s 37th General Assembly in Rome (1986): “to search out more than ever with boldness, humility and skill the causes of poverty and encourage short and long term solutions.” University scholars and research fellows collaborate with the Vincentians in their charism “to evangelize the poor” and encourage efforts to build a society based on Gospel values and the Vincentian tradition.

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)