Irreplaceable You: Vocation, Identity, and the Pursuit of Happiness


Location: McKenna Hall

The Sixth Annual Edith Stein Project Conference: Irreplaceable You: Vocation, Identity, and the Pursuit of Happiness

The Edith Stein Project seeks to promote a greater understanding of the intimately personal nature of men and women’s vocations and how they can be understood and lived out concretely in our modern world. This understanding is crucial to those who, consciously or unconsciously, are grappling with vocational decisions as well as those who are striving to live out the vocations they have to some extent already discerned. Christ tells us that, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10).” It is our fervent hope that the conference will help each individual to meditate on and embrace his or her own unique vocation while coming to better understand of the vocations of others, in order to have the abundant life Christ promised us. We hope to contribute to each person’s ability to respond to the high dignity of his or her vocation with the joy of faith and love.

A philosopher and convert who was martyred in Auschwitz in 1942, Edith Stein discussed questions concerning vocation, particularly the vocation of women, in her own philosophical work. This year, the Edith Stein Project will address the role of vocation, especially as it pertains to how we can act more fully in accord with our human dignity. In keeping with the founding mission of the conference, we will draw on the richness of Catholic teaching on authentic personhood and sexuality, including presentations on masculinity and femininity, marriage, lay vocation, the priesthood and religious life, the family, homosexuality, Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body, and student life.

The conference will run from February 10, 2011, until February 12, 2011.

For more information, visit the conference website.

Sponsored by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture