The 4th Annual Praxis Program Summer Workshop will take place from June 2-9, 2018, in Rome, Italy. Co-sponsored by the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership and the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, this workshop will encourage an ongoing discussion of a Catholic philosophy of education. The workshop will provide some historical background on the topic and the opportunity to discuss action and direction for the 21st century. Speakers at the workshop will include Toth/Lonergan Visiting Professor Mark Miller and Fr. Gerard Whelan from the Gregorian University.
Praxis Program participants will speak about aspects of a Catholic philosophy of education that have evolved from their understanding of the meaning of the University's mission, through understandings gained by study of the thought of Bernard Lonergan, and as applied to their disciplines and professions.
ThePraxis Program is an advanced faculty development program designed to foster personal, professional, organizational and institutional development for faculty and administrators who are alumni of two previous mission seminars. The program and curriculum were developed with three vectors in mind: an analysis and appropriation of the mission of the University; a philosophical approach (Bernard J. Lonergan) with a method to do so (GEM); and a practical application to the disciplines, which was required. Since 2013, five cohorts have engaged in the ongoing program, with over 70 faculty participating, including several deans and senior administrators. The program tracks pedagogical developments and supports the participants' efforts to collaborate, research, write and publish on their work. For more information, please click here.
About The Center For Vocation And Servant Leadership
The Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership promotes openness to God's call in both the academic life and common life of Seton Hall University to support the overall mission of forming students as servant leaders for today's world. The Center began in 2003 supported by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment to further their goal of preparing the next generation of Church leadership. The Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership does its work in cooperation with other campus organizations and by sponsoring several different programs including: faculty development; scholarships; retreats for students, faculty and alumni; spiritual outreach to students; local community development; service learning opportunities; and the expression of faith through the arts. The mission of Seton Hall University reflects a faith in God who knows us individually and has a personal plan for our life. The call to our vocation is not a demand but an invitation to join God in something meant for our doing. A generous response to our vocation – like the choice at a fork in the road -- can make all the difference.
About The Center For Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.
Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.
The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review.
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