This year marks the one-hundred-twenty-fifth anniversary of Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII's pivotal nineteenth century encyclical that laid the foundation for Catholic teaching on labor and the dignity of work. More than a century later, these principles remain profoundly relevant to our society and our community on the hilltop. At Dahlgren Chapel event attendees reflected on the significance of Rerum Novarum and how we live out its values today.
Faculty, clergy, students, and workers shared their perspectives. A reception followed on the first floor of Healy Hall.
This event was co-sponsored by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Population Health Initiative at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, Catholic Chaplaincy, Center for Social Justice, the Georgetown Solidarity Committee, and the Georgetown Catholic Student Fellowship.
Joe McCartin is a professor in the Department of History and the director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.
Fr. Raymond Kemp is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, serving as special assistant to the president of Georgetown University and an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology.
John Carr is the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the Washington correspondent for America magazine.