Twenty-first Annual Tertio Millenio Seminar

Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society

Kraków, Poland

July 2012

The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded in 1992 by Michael Novak, Rocco Buttiglione, Father Richard John Neuhaus, Father Maciej Zięba OP and George Weigel to deepen the dialogue on Catholic social doctrine between North American students and students from the new democracies of central and eastern Europe. The seminar follows the template of Pope John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical, Centesimus Annus, exploring the three-fold foundations of the “free society”: a democratic polity, a free economy, and a vibrant public moral culture.

For more information on The Tertio Millennio Seminar, please email [email protected].


Fr. Maciej Zięba OP is a philosopher, theologian, former Provincial of the Dominicans of Poland is one of his country’s foremost interpreters of the thought of John Paul II. A founder of the Tertio Millennio Institute: an institution dedicated to spreading Catholic social thought.

George Weigel is a former president and now Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. He is the author and editor of numerous books. Amongst his recent works are the internationally acclaimed Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II and Letters to a Young Catholic, dedicated to the alumni of the Tertio Millennio Seminar.

Stephen White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. White’s work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to a broad spectrum of contemporary political and cultural issues.

John D. Mueller is the Lehrman Institute Fellow in Economics and Director of the Economics and Ethics Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Russell Hittinger is the Warren Professor of Catholic Studies and Research Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory and The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World.

Fr. William M. Joensen is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, IA. He holds the Chair of the Division of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at Loras College.

Rev. Jarosław Kupczak OP is from the Pontifical University in Kraków, is one of the world’s top experts on John Paul II’s Christian anthropology. He is the author of Destined for Liberty: The Human Person in the Philosophy of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II.

Rev. Raymond J. de Souza is a priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario. He holds a Masters degree in economics and politics from the University of Cambridge and is a frequent contributor to various publications including The National PostThe National Catholic Register, and First Things.