William Purcell, M.Div.

Associate Director, Center for Social Concerns; Operations and Catholic Social Tradition Director
Office Phone: 
574-631-9473
Office Address: 
228 Geddes Hall

Bill Purcell has been the associate director for the Catholic Social Tradition and Operations at the Center for Social Concerns, as well as a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame since the summer of 2005.  He oversees the integration of Catholic social thought into center courses and programming.

Bill also co-directs the interdisciplinary Catholic Social Tradition Minor at the University. He teaches community-based learning courses on poverty and various social issues. Bill acts as a liaison for the center with national Catholic institutions, which focus on justice education.

He is a recipient of the University’s Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Award for Social Justice. For six years Bill was the director of the Office for Peace and Justice at the Archdiocese of Chicago. Before going to Chicago in 1999, he spent three years as the education specialist for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in Washington, D.C.  Bill received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Divinity at the University of Notre Dame. 

He has been published numerous times, and is on various local and national committees and boards for social justice issues. Bill is married to Angie, who works at Notre Dame International, and has three children, one who presently attends Notre Dame.


Publications & Presentations

2014

2014

Purcell, W. (2014). Solidarity through poverty and politics. In Becoming beholders: Cultivation sacramental imagination and actions in college classrooms. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Purcell, W. ( 2014, December 6). The impact of Catholic Universities: A research initiative. Presented at the first annual St. Nicholas of Myra Conference on Catholic Social Thought. Providence College, Providence, RI.

Purcell, W. (2014, July 27).  Notre Dame today and the Center for Social Concerns. Presented at the Universal Notre Dame Celebration. Notre Dame Club of  Delaware, Wilmington, DE.

Purcell, W. (2014, May 29).  Notre Dame today and the Center for Social Concerns. Presented at the Universal Notre Dame Celebration. Notre Dame Club of Rochester, Rochester, IN.

Purcell, W. (2014, October 1). Beyond the Pub: Notre Dame community-based learning in Europe. Presented at the National Society of Experiential Education 43rd Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD.

2013

2013

Purcell, W. ( 2013, May 29). Notre Dame today and the Center for Social Concerns. Presented at the Universal Notre Dame Celebration. Notre Dame Club of Buffalo & Western New York, New York, NY.

Purcell, W. (2013, April 26). Notre Dame Today and the Center for Social Concerns. Presenter and organizer at the Indiana Catholic Poverty Summit. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

Purcell, W. (2013, March 21-23). Peace yesterday, today & tomorrow: Celebrating 50 years since Pacem in Terris. Presenter and organizer, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

2012

2012

Purcell, W. (2012, October 5). Educating the Notre Dame football team through community partnership. Presented at the National Society for Experiential Education 38th Annual Conference. Milwaukee, WI.

2011

2011

Purcell, W. (2011, November). Hope in action for building justice in the world. Presented at the Huether Lasallian Conference, Washington, DC.

Purcell, W. (2011, October). Healthcare is a Human Right: The Catholic Church's Teaching on Health Equity. Diseases of Poverty: A Major Problem: A Problem for Every Major. Presented at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

2010

2010

Purcell, W. (2010). Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Relief Services Guiding Principles. Course for Catholic Relief Services.

2009

2009

Purcell, W. (2009, June). Integrating Catholic Social Teaching into Service Learning. Presented at the National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.