Since its founding, the Center for Catholic Studies has focused on ongoing faculty development programs that explored the meaning of the University.
In an article on the Catholic University, Bernard Lonergan wrote that the “constitutive endowment” of the
university "...lies not in buildings or equipment, civil status or
revenues, but in the intellectual life of its professors. Its central
function is the communication of intellectual development." -- "The Catholic University in the Modern World,” from Collection, Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan 4, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988, 111.
Faculty Summer Seminars
Since 1998, the Center for Catholic Studies has sponsored Faculty Summer Seminars. The aim of these seminars is to engage the Seton Hall faculty in interdisciplinary dialogue on issues of humanistic and religious importance. Read more about Faculty Summer Seminars »
2012 Faculty Summer Seminar
2013 Faculty Summer Seminars
The Center sponsors faculty retreats in Rome for select faculty, to enrich their teaching and sense of mission in partnership with the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas and co-sponsored with the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership. Retreats have been held in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
On Science and Religion - regularly through the years, the Center for Catholic Studies has sponsored seminars, lectures and conferences on science and religion:
- 2005 - the Center collaborated with DeVry University in New Brunswick on a Templeton grant on the meaning of technology.
- 2010, August - the Center facilitated a faculty seminar on "Transhumanism" with Ilia Delio and John Haughey (Georgetown University)
- 2011, February - the Center sponsored a faculty seminar with Patrick Byrne (Boston College) and John Haughey (Georgetown) on "Science and the Humanities."
- 2012, March - the Center also co-sponsored with the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership a NetVUE conference of local colleges and universities on "The Origins and Goal of the Scientific Vocation."
- The Center has also facilitated a faculty reading group on the nature of the social sciences, reading, among others, books by Jose Casanova of the New School for Social Research.