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Integral Human Development as Task and Opportunity for the Catholic University

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2022
Time: 6:00pm AWST
Location: Tannock Hall (ND4/101), 44 Cliff St, Fremantle WA 6160

Father Eamonn Conway is a priest of the archdiocese of Tuam (Ireland) and Professor of Integral Human Development in the School of Philosophy & Theology, University of Notre Dame Australia.  Until recently Head of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College (Ireland), he has been at the forefront of promoting the distinctiveness of Catholic Education internationally and is a co-founder of the international Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education G.R.A.C.E. Project.

A past president of the European Society for Catholic Theology, Professor Conway is Chair of the Peter Hünermann Foundation for the advancement of Catholic Theology in Europe. 

The Christian tradition has always taught that the glory of God is the human person fully alive (St Irenaeus). Integral Human Development, a concept posited by Pope Paul VI shortly after Vatican II and promoted by each of his successors, provides not only a unique opportunity for the Catholic University to distinguish itself within the realm of education but also to make an invaluable contribution to the promotion of a more just and inclusive society in which all of humanity and indeed all of creation may flourish.  

Yet the reality is that we live in an era when merely economic and technocratic paradigms regarding human development tend to predominate. In such contexts, as Pope Benedict XVI reminded us, any university that is truly a university has a responsibility to advocate against such reductionist and curtailed visions of humanity.

It follows that the responsibility for a Catholic university to do so, if it is to be true to its identity both as a university and as Catholic, is all the more grave. This is the topic which Professor Conway’s lecture will explore.

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