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Center for Catholic Studies

About the Center 

Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, the Center for Catholic Studies, directed by Msgr. Richard M. Liddy,  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. Read more about our recent activities »

Support the Center for Catholic Studies

Msgr. Liddy to Retire from Seton Hall Come August

As of Aug. 1, Monsignor Richard Liddy is retiring from his position as the Director of the Center for Catholic Studies. View the full news story here »

A Message from Msgr. Richard Liddy

View the message here »

An Easter Message from Monsignor Richard Liddy

View Monsignor Richard Liddy's Easter Message here »

Just Peacemaking through Nonviolence, September 30 and October 1, 2019

On September 30 and October 1, 2019, an interdisciplinary group of scholars met to explore Pope Francis's teachings on peacemaking as a guidepost for understanding what it means to live and promote peace in the context of today's cultural and social currents. Learn more about the conference here »

Current Activities

2019-2020 Guest Lectures

Annual Newsletter

Liddy 320 picMonsignor Richard Liddy: A Special Tribute

Faculty Development

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the primary 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. Read more about Faculty Development »

Toth/Lonergan Endowed Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies

The purpose of this Chair is to link the Catholic faith with all the disciplines and professions in the contemporary university.  Since Seton Hall is a Catholic university, its mission is to link faith with science, religion with literature, Christianity with work.  The holder of the Toth/Lonergan Chair will teach and work with faculty in various schools and departments to foster and deepen conversation on the relationship with the Catholic mission. 

Learn more about the Toth/Lonergan Visiting Professor for Spring 2019 »

Our Institutes

The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. 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 Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review and Arcadia, a student journal.  Read more Our Institutes »

Center Sponsored Scholarships

Several academic scholarships are available for students whose major or minor is in Catholic Studies.  For more information about the criteria and how to apply »

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