The Center for Vocation and Servant leadership and the Center for Catholic Studies have successfully completed the fourth annual summer workshop for participants in the Praxis Program of the Advanced Seminar on Mission. The workshop, entitled "Perspectives on a Catholic Philosophy of Education: Action and Direction for the 21st Century," was held in Rome, Italy, from June 5-7, 2018.
Eleven faculty members from the Praxis Program participated in this year's international workshop, along with academics and scholars who explored Bernard Lonergan's understanding of a Catholic philosophy of education, for the purpose of applying the mission of Seton Hall to the disciplines and professions.
Three days of workshop sessions were conducted at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Invited speakers included 2017-18 Toth/Lonergan Visiting Professor Mark Miller; Fr. Gerard Whelan, SJ (Gregorian University); and Stanley Goh, SJ (Gregorian University).
We were especially honored to welcome Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ, Secretary for Higher Education of the Society of Jesus. He spoke about the priorities of Jesuit education, and spent time learning about our participants’ academic projects within the Praxis Program.
Praxis Program participants gave presentations on the implementation of Lonergan's Generalized Empirical Method (GEM,) a Catholic philosophy of education, in their various academic disciplines.
On June 8, the group traveled to Orvieto, for a special tour of the 13th century Duomo of Orvieto and the Church of San Domenico, in which Thomas Aquinas preached and wrote some of his Summa Theologica. The trip was guided by long-time friend of Professor Robert White, Ph.D., from the Lay Centre in Rome.
The Praxis Program is an advanced faculty development program that focuses on the implementation of GEM into the disciplines and professions. Its purpose is to integrate the mission of the university, educate the whole person, and form an interdisciplinary community for ongoing collaboration. For information on the Praxis Program, please visit the website or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.