Who Is My Neighbor?

Catholic Social Teaching in Context


November 8, 2015


Soup Dinner at 5:30 pm

Presentation at 6:00 pm

Geddes Hall,

University of Notre Dame


"Who is my neighbor?" - Having created us in God's image and likeness, God wrote this question into our human heart. The Gospels recorded how people asked Jesus this burning question and how the Lord responded over and over again - ultimately by dying for us on the Cross. 



Pope Francis' recent encyclical Laudato Si' is the latest reminder of our call to serve those who were pushed to the margins of our society. Prof. Clemens Sedmak will highlight the importance of social teaching and how the Catholic Church developed its doctrine over the centuries. 

In the following panel discussion Dawn Chapla, Prof. Michael Griffin and Kathy Kershner will reflect how we, here in the Bend, translate the Church's teaching into action. They will share their experience and work. 

Mrs. Chapla, Director of Labor and Financial Stabiility at United Way of St. Joseph County, can give insights into the daily challenges of those who are struggling to find a living wage in order to feed their family. 

Michael Griffin, Ph.D., teaches Service Learning in the theology department of Holy Cross College. He lived for many years in the Catholic Worker Community in South Bend. 


Mrs. Kathy Kershner, theology teacher at Saint Joseph High School, coordinates the school's service program which translates class room learning on Catholic Social Teaching into real action and which aims at helping students to aquire the habit of helping those in need, a habit they hopefully will keep throughout their years in college and beyond (image at the right shows Catholic social teaching in action).

The event will begin at 5:30 pm with a soup dinner in the Coffee House of Geddes Hall. Doors open at 5:15 pm. 

Prof. Sedmark's presentation will start around 6:00 pm in the Andrews Auditorium on the lower level of the same building. The event will end at approx. 8 pm. 



Admission $9, includes presentation and door prize (a cross blessed by Pope Francis).

Advance tickets eligible for $5 cash-back at the door must be bought by November 1, 2015 (postmarked).

For registration and more information please click here or email us.



Free parking is available on the parking lot at the East Gate entrance on Holy Cross Drive, the parking lot west of the Wellness Center and the remaining lots east of the Hesburgh Library. Handicapped parking is located in the Library Circle directly east of the library building. For more information, please see map.


For more information or tickets, please contact Patricia Bellm at proclaim@nd.edu