Honoring John Sexton

Commonweal's 5th Catholic in the Public Square Award will be presented to John Sexton in recognition of his exceptional career as a teacher, university president & education visionary.

Previous Honorees:

Mark Shields, Journalist and Commentator (2005)
Tim Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics (2009)
John J. DeGioia, President. Georgetown University (2012)
George J. Mitchell, Former U.S. Senator (2014)

Award Presenter: Joseph McShane, S.J.

President, Fordham University

Celebrate 92 Years of Commonweal

Enjoy an evening of conversation and laughter with 300+ contributors & readers.

An Evening With Your Favorite Writers

Each table will be hosted by a different contributor (see list below).

Keep Commonweal Thriving!

All the proceeds support our investments in new writers, readers, technology & educational programs.

Why Attend?

Event Details & Pricing

Tables of 8: $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000.

Individual Tickets: $2,500, $1,000, $600.
Special rate for under-30 readers (limited availability): $75.

Reserve Tickets Now

Supporting Commonweal

Some of Commonweal's editors, contributors and readers explain why it's important to support the magazine.

For more information about Commonweal Conversations, or to ask any questions, contact Christa Kerber at 212-662-4200 x5, or email 

Senator George Mitchell being honored at Commonweal Conversations 2014 at Pier 60, New York.

Table Hosts

Paul Baumann 
Editor of Commonweal
Alice McDermott
Mollie Wilson O'Reilly
James Martin, S.J.
Peter Quinn
Peter Steinfels

Anthony Annett - Andrew Bacevich - Dan Barry - Paul Baumann - Matthew Boudway - Rand Richards Cooper - Anthony Domestico - Paul Elie - Massimo Faggioli - Rita Ferrone - David Gibson - Rosanne Haggerty - Patricia Hampl - Patrick Jordan - Cathleen Kaveny - James Martin, SJ - James P. McCartin - Alice McDermott - Charles R. Morris - Paul Moses - Mollie Wilson O'Reilly - Michael Peppard - Dominic Preziosi - Peter Quinn - Tim Shriver - Matthew Sitman - Margaret O'Brien Steinfels - Peter Steinfels

Full List of Table Hosts

Martin Lipton (co-chair) - Anthony Welters (co-chair) - Robert L. Berner, Jr. - John Borst - John T. McGreevy - James T. Morley, Jr. - Brien O'Brien - Dennis O'Brien - Jane B. O'Connell - Leo J. O'Donovan, SJ - Barbara Mullin Rosiello - Paul C. Saunders - Tim Shriver - Marc vanderHeyden

2016 Event Committee

Save the Date!

Monday, October 24, 2016

All talks will be held at the Granville headquarters at Madison 36th, New York City.

6:30 PM Reception - 7:30 PM Dinner

Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York City

Save the Date!

Save the Date!

Monday, October 24, 2016

All talks will be held at the Granville headquarters at Madison 36th, New York City.

6:30 PM Reception - 7:30 PM Dinner

Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York City

Save the Date!

Hotel Accommodations: Rooms at the Westin New York at Times Square are available at the special rate of $299/night (plus tax). Use this special booking link or call 1-888-627-7149 to reserve before September 16 (ask for the Commonweal room block).

Event Shuttle: A complimentary shuttle will take guests from the Westin New York at Times Square to Pier 60, and return guests from the event to the Westin at the end of the evening. To reserve space on the shuttle, email nywhitakerinc@gmail.com.

Invocation: Cathleen Kaveny

Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Law and Theology, Boston College; author and Commonweal columnist