Called & Co-Responsible: Exploring Co-Responsibility for the Mission of the Church

March 4-6, 2020 at the University of Notre Dame


"Co-responsibility demands a change in mindset especially concerning the role of lay people in the Church. They should not be regarded as “collaborators” of the clergy, but, rather, as people who are really “co-responsible” for the Church’s being and acting."

Pope Benedict XVI

Called & Co-Responsible is an academic and pastoral conference dedicated to exploring what the idea “co-responsibility” for the “Church’s being and acting” might mean, both for the laity and for the ordained. This conference will try at least to glimpse the full potential of the idea of co-responsibility and its fruitfulness for the life of the Church going forward. This involves asking what is the “change in mindset” that Benedict mentions?  

We do not imagine that “co-responsibility” is a matter of a zero-sum game of power sharing. The common priesthood of the baptized and the ministerial priesthood of bishops and priests are “ordered to one another,” and “the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood” (CCC #1547). Exploring co-responsibility would be exploring the potential of this ordering of the two sharings in the priesthood of Christ. 

Our hope is that the Church herself might become a culture of formation to a co-responsibility which appropriately recognizes both the sanctifying, teaching and governing mission intrinsically associated with Holy Orders as well as the responsibility of the laity to “go forth” and reach the various peripheries, less accessible to the clergy, Pope Francis has mentioned.

Registration Information

Registration is now open and will close February 24, 2020. Registration includes all conference materials, breaks, and follow-up resources.

  • General Registration: $125 
  • Registration for UND/SMC/HCC Faculty, Staff, and Students: Free
  • Diocesan or parish groups of 6 or more: free lunch and dinner on Wednesday and Thursday included with each registration. Please contact Susan Coyne at



All events will take place in the Morris Inn, unless otherwise noted. A detailed schedule is forthcoming. Agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday March 4, 2020

8:00am                  Registration open

8:30 – 9:00am       Coffee and Danish

9:00 – 9:30am       Conference Welcome and Opening

9:30 – 10:30am     Archbishop Rino Fisichella
                              Co-responsibility for Evangelization in the Church: The Role of Christian Sacrifice

10:30 – 10:45am   Break

10:45 – 11:45am    Kerry Robinson
                               Co-responsibility for a Culture of Healing in the Church

11:45 – 2:00pm      Lunch for paid participants

2:00 – 3:15pm        Panel Presentations

                                Andrés Arrango and Henry Cappello  
                                Kevin Hayes and Katie Diller Gleason  

3:15 – 3:45pm         Break

3:45 – 5:00pm         Panel Presentations

                                Erin Barisano and Elisabeth Sullivan 
                                Sisters of Life and Margie Pfeil 

5:30 – 7:00pm         Dinner for paid participants

7:30pm                    Bishop Frank J. Caggiano
                                Faces of Prayer: Co-responsible Approaches to Evangelization

Thursday March 5, 2020

8:30am                    Coffee and Danish

9:00 – 10:00am       John C. Cavadini

10:00 – 10:30am     Break

10:30 – 11:30am     Betsy Bohlen
                                Co-responsibility in Church Management: A Model from the Archdiocese of Chicago

11:30 – 2:00pm       Lunch for paid participants

2:00 – 3:15pm         Panel presentations

                                Carlo Lancellotti and Fr. Michael Sweeney, O.P. 
                                Clemens Sedmak and Michel Therrien 

3:15 – 3:45pm          Break

3:45 – 5:00pm          Katherine Angulo
                                 Co-responsibility in a Multi-cultural Church

5:30 – 7:00pm          Dinner for paid participants

7:30pm                     Colleen Moore & Msgr. Michael Heintz
                                 Forming Pastoral Leaders for Co-responsibility

Friday March 6, 2020

8:30am                     Coffee and Danish

9:00 – 10:00am        Bishop Bill Wack, C.S.C
                                 Promoting Co-responsibility in the Local Church

10:00 – 10:15am      Break

10:15 – 11:00am      Conference conclusion & next steps

11:30am                   Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Conference Details


Lunch and dinner on Wednesday and Thursday of the conference are available for purchase through the registration link. A list of other on-campus dining options is available hereEddy Street Commons, immediately south of campus, offers a number of additional dining options within easy walking distance of the conference venue.


A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants for the nights of March 3, 4 and 5. Please reference Called & Co-Responsible when making your reservation.

  • Morris Inn (on campus): $99+ tax. A limited number of rooms is available the night of March 6; to secure the conference rate, please reserve your room by February 3, 2020.
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton (Eddy St. Commons): $149+ tax. To secure the conference rate, please reserve your room by February 3, 2020.

Additional lodging may be available at the following locations: 


The University of Notre Dame is a 15-minute drive from South Bend International Airport; taxis and Ubers are common, and easy to hire. The university is approximately a two-hour drive from major airports in Chicago, including O'Hare and Midway. The South Shore Line commuter train runs from downtown Chicago to the South Bend airport, while shuttle buses run from both Chicago airports directly to Notre Dame's campus. If you need assistance with travel arrangements, please feel free to contact Anthony Travel, the university's official travel partner. (Please note that Notre Dame is on Eastern Standard Time, while Chicago is on Central Standard Time.)


Morris Inn guests will have valet parking at the Morris Inn for a fee.  For further parking information, please visit the Notre Dame Guest Parking website

Opportunities for Mass