On May 28th and 29th, the Center for Catholic Studies will host the twenty-second annual Faculty Summer Seminar, "Discerning the Spirit," co-sponsored by the Center for Vocation & Servant Leadership.
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 »
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
An Easter Message from Monsignor Richard Liddy
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 »
The Center for Catholic Studies and the Department of Religion hosted "Is Globalization Good: A Critical Analysis," a guest lecture by Professor Paul St. Amour, Ph.D. and J. Michael Stebbins, Ph.D.
The Center for Catholic Studies and Department of religion hosted "Newman's Idea of a University Today," a lecture by Msgr. Richard M. Liddy, Ph.D. and a response from Professor C. Michael Shea, Ph.D.
The Core is happy to announce the publication of a book by one of our Core Fellows, Gregory Floyd, Ph.D. Greg's book, Catholic Reception of Continental Philosophy in North America.
2019-2020 Guest Lectures
- Listen to the lecture, Is Globalization Good: A Critical Analysis presented by Paul St. Amour with a response from Michael Stebbins, on February 4. This presentation focused on the philosophical and economic writings of Bernard Lonergan, who provided an explanatorily and powerful heuristic for the critical analysis of globalization.
- Listen to the lecture, Newman's Idea of a University Today presented by Msgr. Richard Liddy, on January 29, this presentation focused on Newman’s Idea of a University as involving learning communities aimed at the transformation of ourselves and the world.
- Listen to the lecture, The Desire for God in a Secular Age: Therese of Lisieux and Etty Hillesum, on October 28. Presented by Randall Rosenberg of St. Louis University, with a response from John Laracy of Religious Studies, Seton hall University.
- Listen to the lecture, The Idea of the Catholic University Today on September 23, A colloquium on dialogue and mission in the Catholic University with Neil Ormerod and Michael Stebbins.
- Listen to the lecture, Non-Violent Peacemaking presented by Fr. Gerry Whelan on February 25, which discusses the work of Bernard Lonergan and Robert Doran in relation to peacemaking.
- Listen to the lecture, Aquinas Today presented by Fr. Roy on January 28, which aimed to answer the question: "How can Bernard Lonergan help us understand the thought of Thomas Aquinas?"
Monsignor Richard Liddy: A Special Tribute
Read a special tribute publication in honor of Msgr. Liddy's 80th Birthday celebration »
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 »
- Ethics and Economics Forum
- Praxis Program of the Advanced Seminar on Mission
- Annual Faculty Summer Seminars
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.
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 »
- Bernard J. Lonergan Institute
- Micah Institute for Business and Economics
- G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture
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 »