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