2022: And It Was Very Good

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'And It Was Very Good': On Creation

Fall Conference  |  November 10–12, 2022  |  University of Notre Dame


In the created world, Pope Francis writes, we are able to perceive "a grammar written by the hand of God" (Lumen Fidei). If creation is a language, what can we discern regarding the creator? The de Nicola Center's 22nd annual Fall Conference will explore the many facets of the created world and the act of creation, including questions of cosmology, teleology, natural ends, natural law, the Imago Dei, creaturely status, ecology, stewardship, cocreation, recreation, redemption, and more.

The de Nicola Center's annual Fall Conference brings together the world’s leading Catholic thinkers, as well as those from other traditions, in fruitful discourse and exchange on the most pressing and vexed questions of ethics, culture, and public policy today. The Fall Conference convenes more than 100 speakers and 800 guests annually for wide-ranging conversations that engage the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition from a variety of disciplinary points of departure, including theology, philosophy, political theory, law, history, economics, and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences, literature, and the arts.

For the 2022 conference, the de Nicola Center is pleased to partner with Stanford University's "Boundaries of Humanity" project, which seeks to advance dialogue on "human place and purpose in the cosmos, particularly with respect to conceptions of human uniqueness and choices around biotechnological enhancement."

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Conference sessions will take place on Notre Dame's campus in the McKenna Conference Center and the Morris Inn Ballroom, unless otherwise noted. A detailed schedule will be available closer to the conference date.

Thursday, November 10  
1:30-2:45 p.m. Colloquia
3:15-4:30 p.m. Colloquia
5:15 p.m. Mass | Basilica of the Sacred Heart
8 p.m. Opening Keynote and Reception
Friday, November 11  
9-10:15 a.m. Colloquia
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Colloquia
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Alasdair MacIntyre Keynote
3:15-4:30 p.m. Invited Sessions
5:15 p.m. Mass | Basilica of the Sacred Heart
6 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Keynote and Reception
Saturday, November 12  
9-10:15 a.m. Colloquia
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Colloquia
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:45 p.m. Invited Presentations
3:15-4:30 p.m. Invited Presentations
5:00 p.m. Sunday Vigil Mass | Basilica of the Sacred Heart
6 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Closing Keynote and Reception


Registration includes all conference materials, breaks, and receptions; conference meals (lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday) may be purchased for an additional fee.

  • Standard registration: $175 until October 1 ($200 after October 1)
  • Priest/religious: $50
  • Student: $25
  • Notre Dame, Holy Cross, St. Mary's College faculty, staff, and students: Free
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Conference hotel blocks are available at the Morris Inn on campus ($139/night), as well as at the Fairfield Inn just south of campus ($149/night), within easy walking distance of the McKenna Conference Center. Reserve a room using the links below or by referencing the "dCEC Fall Conference." Conference rate is available until October 10.

  • Morris Inn (LINK | 574-631-2000)
  • Fairfield Inn (LINK | 574-234-5510)

Additional lodging may be available at the Embassy Suites and the Inn at St. Mary's, bothin within an easy distance of campus.

Student Lodging: Dormitory-style lodging is available for students and student groups at the Sacred Heart Parish Center on campus ($30/night). Email Christina Maciejczyk for reservations and reference the de Nicola Center Fall Conference (cmaciej1@nd.edu). 


Notre Dame is located in the Eastern time zone, 90 miles east of Chicago (Central time). Transportation to and from Notre Dame is available via South Bend International Airport, five miles from Notre Dame's campus; if you plan on flying into Chicago airports, please note that there is no longer a shuttle bus between the Chicago airports and South Bend. Additional transportation options between Chicago and South Bend include the South Shore Train Line and Greyhound Bus Line

Campus Map, Parking, and Dining

An interactive map of campus, including guest parking lots, may be found here.

A complete list of on-campus restaurants may be found here. Please note that most fast-casual options on campus make use of contactless ordering via the Grubhub app or kiosks near the restaurant. Additional dining options are available just south of campus in Eddy Street Commons

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Past Conferences

Find information regarding past conferences and lecture videos at the links below.