HEBSBA hosts Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series which examines relationship between business and Catholic faith

SAN ANTONIO – A crowd of about 50 people filled the Mabee Library Auditorium in early February to hear a lecture titled “Business in Light of Catholic Social Teaching.”

Martin Cremers Portrait

The lecture, delivered by Dr. Martijn Cremers Notre Dame Business Profile, is part of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series. The H-E-B School of Business and Administration has hosted the series several times in recent years.

Dr. Cremers joined Notre Dame in 2012 as a professor of finance. Before that, he was a faculty member at Yale University for a decade. 

This lecture explored the purpose, the priority and the practice of business in light of Catholic Social Teaching. It aimed to answer the question: How can business contribute to human flourishing, just human relationships and integral human development? 

Dr. Cremers structured his lecture around the Parable of the Rich Fool given by Jesus in Luke chapter 12. He used the parable to address the question of why Jesus called the rich man a fool, intertwining his answers with Catholic Social Teaching.

During and after the lecture, Dr. Cremers fielded questions from the audience, which was comprised of students, faculty, staff, community members and Notre Dame alumni. 

The event was coordinated with the help of the Notre Dame Club of San Antonio and its Hesburgh Coordinator, Dan Verich.