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We are pleased to announce the fourth annual seminar on "Business and Catholic Social Thought: A Primer." During the seminar, graduate students and faculty members in business schools will cover foundational principles in Catholic social thought and apply them to their own field of research and teaching. This seminar aims at widening epistemological preconceptions and showing practical implications of Catholic social thought for business in a way that affirms the goodness of business directed toward the common good. Participants will delve into social encyclicals, secondary sources, and relevant business texts that show the path for principled entrepreneurship in order to gain knowledge, exchange experiences, receive help with their syllabi and consider how best to integrate Catholic social thought into business education.



The seminar will take place at the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota between Tuesday, June 11 and Friday, June 14.

A limited number of travel stipends for students are available on a per need basis. All participants will be provided with accommodations and most meals (some on their own).



This seminar will be open to graduate students and faculty of any specialization in business schools. Applicants will be required to submit a completed online application, including:

  • An updated CV/resume.

  • A brief statement of research interest related to Catholic social thought no longer than 750 words.

  • One academic writing sample.

  • All application materials can be submitted via the online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Fifteen students will be admitted to this seminar.

Application materials are due February 25, 2024.


This seminar is cosponsored by the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas (MN); the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame; the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at the Catholic University of America; the Lumen Christi Institute; and the Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.