Catholics & Mormons: A New Dialogue

University of Notre Dame, McKenna Hall, December 5–6, 2013

Catholics and Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are increasingly finding themselves joining together in social, political, and relief efforts. As these two groups begin to work together more closely and more directly, it is important that their efforts are underlined by a relationship of trust and mutual understanding. This conference was an initial attempt to discuss some of the key issues that unite Catholics and Mormons as well as exploring some of the challenging issues that have divided Catholics and Mormons during the past two centuries.

Conference Schedule


Keynote          Terryl Givens, University of Richmond
Response        Kathleen Cummings, University of Notre Dame


The Lay of the Land: Contemporary Mormonism and Catholicism

David Campbell, University of Notre Dame: "Mormons and Catholics: Finding Common Ground"
Matthew Bowman, Hampden-Sydney College
Matthew Wilson, Southern Methodist University
Mary Ellen Konieczny, University of Notre Dame

Catholicism and Mormonism in Historical Context

Kathleen Flake, University of Virginia
Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame
Scott Appleby, University of Notre Dame

Revelation: Scriptures, Traditions, and Authoritative Teachings

Philip Barlow, Utah State University
Thomas Wayment, Brigham Young University
Taylor Petrey, Kalamazoo College
Peter Huff, Centenary College of Louisiana

Theologies of Encounter, Unity, and Diversity

Patrick Mason, Claremont Graduate University
Jeremiah John, Southern Virginia University
Timothy Matovina, University of Notre Dame
Stephen Webb, formerly of Wabash College

Final Thoughts

Richard Bushman, Columbia University (emeritus):  "Mormon Loneliness"
Brad Gregory, University of Notre Dame

Sponsored by:

Notre Dame

Rooney Center for American Democracy
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
Center for the Study of Religion and Society

Brigham Young University

Religious Education
Wheatley Institution