Ends on February 15, 2019


Business and Catholic Social Thought: A Primer

June 2-5, 2019

University of Notre Dame

South Bend, IN

Led by:

Lloyd Sandelands 

Professor Martin Cremers 

Professor Andreas Widmer 

Professor Martin Schlag 

We are excited to announce our newly created seminar designed as an introduction and immersion into Catholic social thought for graduate students and faculty in business schools. Participants 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.

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.

Format: There will be four sessions each day, featuring a different instructor. Each instructor will open with a lecture, and then we will turn to a seminar-style discussion of the texts and issues at hand.

Location: The seminar will take place at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. A limited number of travel stipends are available on a per need basis (see the application form). All participants will be provided with accommodations and meals.

Application Information: 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:

  • A 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.

Please direct any further questions to cathsocial@stthomas.edu.


Martijn Cremers is Professor of Finance and Interim Dean of the Mendoza Business School at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on empirical issues in investments and corporate governance, and has been published in the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Stanford Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, among others. Cremers is also a member of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture's Faculty Advisory Committee.

Andreas Widmer is the Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and the director of the Art & Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business & Economics. Widmer is a seasoned business executive with experience in high-tech, international business strategy, consulting and economic development. He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope Saint John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope John Paul II and refined during his career as a successful business executive. 

Lloyd Sandelands teaches courses in social and organizational psychology and management to graduate and undergraduate students in business administration and psychology at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. His research focuses on the social and spiritual dimensions of life in organizations. Sandelands is the author of nine books, among them: Love First: Towards a Christian Humanism, Being at Work, and The Nuptial Mind

Msgr. Martin Schlag holds the Alan W. Moss endowed chair for Catholic Social Thought of the John A. Ryan Institute in the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), where he is full professor with dual appointment in the department of Catholic Studies and the Opus College of Business. He is also director of the Program for Church Management at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. Born in New York, raised in England and Austria, Msgr. Schlag has authored over 80 publications, among them: (together with Domènec Melé) Humanism in Economics and Business: Perspectives of the Catholic Social Tradition, The Handbook of Catholic Social Teaching: A Guide for Christians in the World Today, and The Business Francis Means: Understanding the Pope’s Message on the Economy.