The Center’s cornerstone activity is the William J. Toth Summer Institute for Family Spirituality offering graduate level courses at two locations. The Center was created through the collaboration of two Seminary professors, Dr. Dianne Traflet, Associate Dean, and the late Dr. William Toth, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Deacon, and father of eight. Dr. Toth suffered a fatal heart attack as plans for the Center were being finalized. In tribute to an inspiring colleague, friend and family man, the Seminary has named the Center’s Summer Institute in his name.
According to Dr. Traflet, “the entire Center is a tribute to Dr. Toth, who inspired the Seminary community not only by his scholarly career and classes on Christian Ethics and Christian Marriage, but by the way he lived out his vocation as husband, father and deacon. His love of his family, and his love for the Church as his spiritual family, always edified us. With a sense of passion, Dr. Toth spoke about the family as the “domestic Church;” with a sense of authenticity, he lived this out. He has left us with indelible memories of a teacher who taught by example the richest and most beautiful meaning of marriage and the family—the heart of which we hope to capture at the Center.”
About Deacon William J. Toth, Ph.D.
William J. Toth
Dr. Toth served as an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, and a Deacon of the Archdiocese of Newark. The father of eight, Dr. Toth taught graduate-level classes on Christian Marriage, and gave numerous lectures and workshops on the vocation and spirituality of the laity. His courses also included Christian Ethics, Theology of the Body, and Spirituality in Contemporary Culture. An expert in social ethics, Dr. Toth served as Chair of the Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark, and the founder and co-director of the Work Institute of Seton Hall University. His interest in work-life ministry prompted him to develop and teach courses related to the Theology of Work, and to organize and give workshops on business ethics and leadership development. Dr. Toth spent part of his final months collaborating on the grant proposal for the Center, until his sudden fatal heart attack in February 2008.