Please join us for the 2022 Faculty Summer Seminar, "Ideas of a Catholic University: Then, Now, and into the Future" facilitated by Dr. Kenneth Parker (Duquesne).
Center for Catholic Studies
About the Center
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, 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.
Tuesday, April 19th at 4 p.m. Walsh Library, Beck Rooms - Dr. J. Michael Stebbins presents Toth-Lonergan Lecture "What Business Is For" exploring spirituality and business.
Held on April 5, Seton Hall's Synod Session gave faculty the ability to reflect on questions that explored the role of the university in participating more fully in the life of the Church.
2022 Spring Bernard J. Lonergan Lecture features Dr. Anne M. Carpenter as she presents "God's Glory, in Part, is You" Bernard Lonergan, Interiority, and Theological Aesthetics.
2021-2022 Guest Lectures
- Listen to the lecture "What Business Is For" presented by Dr. J. Michael Stebbins on April 19, 2022.
- Listen to the lecture "God's Glory, in Part, is You" presented by Dr. Anne M. Carpenter on March 24, 2022.
- Listen to the lecture "Real Grace: Change, Freedom, Power," presented by Michael J. Stebbins, on December 10.
- Listen to the lecture "Reducing the Mismatch: Some Thoughts on How We Figure Out the World," presented by Michael J. Stebbins, on December 14.
- Listen to the lecture Meaning, Mental Health, and Educating the Christians of Tomorrow," presented by Patrick R. Manning, on November 4.
- Listen to the lecture Dante’s Journey of Transformation, presented by Dr. Vittorio Montemaggi, Dr. Paul Camacho, and Dr. Jennifer Martin, on October 28.
- Listen to the lecture Dante and the Good Life, presented by Dr. Chase Pepper, on October 6.
- Listen to the lecture On Lonely Deaths: COVID, Community, & the Lost Art of Dying Well, presented by Lydia Dugdale on April 29.
- Listen to the lecture Rising to the Challenge of Figuring Out the World – and Ourselves, presented by J. Michael Stebbins on April 8.
- Listen to the lecture The Victory-Giving Meaning of Writing Poetry After Auschwitz, presented by Gregory Glazov on March 25.
- Listen to the lecture From Vulnerability to Passion: A Few Thoughts Sprung from Tears, presented by Jerome Miller on March 11.
A Virtual Gala Celebrating the Legacy of Monsignor Liddy
New Leadership at the Center for Catholic Studies, July 2020
Monsignor Richard Liddy: Special Tributes
- Student tributes honoring Msgr. Liddy’s Retirement, June 2020
- Highlights from Msgr. Liddy's career
- A Farewell Message from Msgr. Richard Liddy, Founding Director.
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 and 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 »