The year 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the Vatican II Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, which for the first time in a conciliar document includes a chapter on lay people and their role in the Church and the world.

Lay Mission and Vocation Conference & Catholic Social Forum on Synodality

To mark the occasion, the Australian Cardijn Institute and the Centre International Cardijn are partnering with several lay apostolate movements to hold a commemorative conference/event in Rome from 9-15 October 2024.

The program will include a second Mass at the Catacombs commemorating and recommitting to the Pact of the Catacombs as well as a special Mass in Cardijn’s cardinal’s church of St Michael Archangel in the working-class suburb of Pietralata.

The conference will particularly focus on Lumen Gentium‘s Chapter 4, The Laity, and takes as its theme “Lay People: Mission and Vocation, 60th anniversary of Lumen Gentium.”

Keynote speakers

Professor Danièle Hervieu-Léger, sociologist of religion, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris

Claudio Remeseira, School of Social Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires: The Argentinian origins of the Theology of the People during the 1960s

Catholic Social Forum on Synodality

This conference/event will also form part of a broader Catholic Social Forum on Synodality program organised in collaboration with the International Youth Training Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS).

Stefan Gigacz

Coordinator