The Center for Catholic Studies

Center for Catholic Studies Welcomes New Director, Dr. Gregory Floyd  

Gregory Floyd

Gregory P. Floyd, Ph.D. Director, Center for Catholic Studies

As we say farewell to Msgr. Richard Liddy and honor his twenty-three years of service to the Seton Hall community, the Center for Catholic Studies welcomes its new director, Dr. Gregory P. Floyd, effective July 1st, 2020.

Dr. Floyd joined Seton Hall in 2016 as a faculty member in the Department of the Core. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in philosophy at Boston College. Dr. Floyd specializes in 19th and 20th century European philosophy, especially phenomenology and hermeneutics, as well as the philosophy of religion. He is co-editor and contributor to the recent volume, The Catholic Reception of Continental Philosopher in North America (Toronto Press). Dr. Floyd's additional areas of research include the history of philosophy, philosophy and literature, and the thought of Bernard Lonergan. These areas align with the goals of the Center, which aims to foster a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study.

Dr. Floyd shares his reflections as he embarks on this important position at the University: "I am excited to continue the important work of the Center for Catholic Studies in our life together at Seton Hall. For over two decades, Msgr. Liddy has laid a foundation of generous dialogue, meaningful interdisciplinarity, and intellectual friendships among people from all parts and departments of our University. He has brought the best of the Catholic intellectual tradition into conversation with women and men of goodwill -- scholars, teachers, students, staff, and administrators. I look forward to continuing to work with our team to develop that legacy of 'collaborative creativity' in ways that are attentive to the particular currents of insight and grace at work in a University community."

Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, the Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering an ongoing dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture. In the spirit of the Catholic Church's legacy of bringing forth things “new and old,” the Center's scholarly research, publications, and programming serve to generate new initiatives and facilitate conversation and collaboration among faculty, administrators, students, and the general public.

The primary function of the Center for Catholic Studies (CCS) is to foster the Catholic mission of Seton Hall in creative ways. It endeavors to be an incubator for innovative initiatives in promoting Catholic identity across the university. It fulfills this role for diverse demographics within the university in five principal areas: Faculty Development, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Intellectual Life, Student Engagement, and Ongoing Innovation. 

The Center developed the undergraduate program in Catholic Studies Program which offers a major, minor and certificate and continues to support the Program's students with scholarship aid as well as ongoing co-curricular activities. Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center also sponsors regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. In addition, the Center administers two national faculty 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 and The Lonergan Review. For more information, click here.

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