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The Center for Catholic Studies

Past Activities

Since its founding, the Center for Catholic Studies has focused on ongoing faculty development programs that explored the meaning of the University.

In an article on the Catholic University, Bernard Lonergan wrote that the "constitutive endowment" of the university "...lies not in buildings or equipment, civil status or revenues, but in the intellectual life of its professors.  Its central function is the communication of intellectual development."

"The Catholic University in the Modern World," from
Collection, Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan 4,
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988, 111.

Faculty Summer Seminars

Since 1998, the Center for Catholic Studies has sponsored Faculty Summer Seminars. The aim of these seminars is to engage the Seton Hall faculty in interdisciplinary dialogue on issues of humanistic and religious importance.  Read more about Faculty Summer Seminars »

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Faculty Retreats

The Center sponsored faculty retreats in Rome for select faculty to enrich their teaching and sense of mission in partnership with the Lay Centre at foyer Unitas and co-sponsored with the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership.  Retreats were held in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 and 2008.

Faculty Colloquia

On Science and Religion

Regularly through the years, the Center for Catholic Studies has sponsored seminars, lectures and conferences on science and religion:


  • 2005: the Center collaborated with DeVry University in New Brunswick on a Templeton grant on the meaning of technology.
  • 2010: the Center facilitated a faculty seminar on "Transhumanism" with Ilia Delio and John Haughey (Georgetown University).
  • 2011: the Center sponsored a faculty seminar with Patrick Byrne (Boston College) and John Haughey (Georgetown University) on "Science and the Humanities."
  • 2012: the Center also co-sponsored with the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership a NetVUE conference of local colleges and universities on "The Origins and Goal of the Scientific Vocation."
The Center has also facilitated a faculty reading group on the nature of the social sciences, reading, among others, books by Jose Casanova of the New School for Social Research.