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Center for Catholic Studies Commemorates William J. Toth  

Headshot of William Toth. On February 3, 2018, the Center for Catholic Studies will honor Deacon William J. Toth, Ph. D., on the 10 year anniversary of his passing.

Dr. Toth served as an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology from 1989 to 2008. He was also a Deacon of the Archdiocese of Newark, serving at St. Elizabeth's Parish in Wyckoff and also served as Chair of the Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark. He was founder and co-director of the Institute on Work at Seton Hall University, now the Micah Institute for Business and Economics. In the near future, the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall hopes to publish a collection of Dr. Toth's writings.

In 2017, the Toth/Lonergan Endowed Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies was established by the Center for Catholic Studies and the Office of the Provost to honor two great scholars, Dr. Toth and Fr. Bernard Lonergan, S.J., world-renowned scholar of Catholic theology and philosophy. The Toth/Lonergan Endowment at the Center for Catholic Studies supports a scholar whose work will deepen and enhance the connections between the University's Catholic mission and scholarly and professional education. This year's first Toth/Lonergan Chair holder is Professor Mark Miller from the University of San Francisco.

As we commemorate Professor Toth's passing, we also continue to celebrate his ongoing contribution to this University and to the world. For more information on the Toth/Lonergan Endowment Fund, contact Monsignor Richard Liddy at, or click here

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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