Vincentian Chair of Social Justice

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Goals of the Vincentian Chair

The Vincentian Chair of Social Justice pursues the following goals:

  1. Social Justice and Poverty. Focus attention on social injustice and poverty as affronts to the dignity of the human person and the common good.
  2. Catholic Social Thought. Serve as a catalyst and convenor for reflection on and formation in Catholic Social Thought.
  3. Vincentian Research Fellows Program. Create within the University through the Fellows Program an active, interdisciplinary community of research and practice where faculty bring their academic expertise to bear on issues of poverty and justice.
  4. Collaboration for the Common Good. Structure specific convenings and programs on justice for academics, religious leaders, community representatives and service providers.
  5. Vincentian Identity. Encourage the University community to communicate “Vincentian” in various modalities, including visual arts, curricula and research.

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)