Here are some recent highlights for the Center for Catholic Studies:
GEM Fellows Praxis Retreat in Rome, May 2015
Sixteen faculty and administrators who are participants in the Praxis Program of the Advanced Mission Seminar were in Rome for an academic retreat from May 19-25, 2015. The purpose of the retreat, which was sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies and the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership, was to provide opportunities for reflection on the mission of the university through their experience of Rome, together with a close study of topics in Lonergan's Method in Theology, on values, meaning and the question of God. These themes were considered in relation to the mission of the university and their life and work at Seton Hall.
The Praxis Program is an advanced faculty development program designed to foster personal, professional, organizational and institutional development for faculty and administrators at Seton Hall. The goal of the program is to provide an understanding of and to create a model of application of Lonergan's Generalized Empirical Method (GEM) that can be implemented in the disciplines/professions and as an effective way to apply the mission of the University to the disciplines/professions.
The academic retreat in Rome is a part of the summer program for GEM Fellows of the Praxis Program. The group's spiritual guide and thought leader is Msgr. Richard Liddy, a student of Bernard Lonergan's in Rome and a scholar of his work.
Faculty Summer Seminar: "The Quest for God & the Good Life," June 2015
The 2015 Annual Faculty Summer Seminar on "The Quest for God & The Good Life, " facilitated by Mark T. Miller was held on June 2-4, 2015. The seminar was co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies, The Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership and the William J. Toth Endowed Professorship.
The seminar presented the theological anthropology of Bernard Lonergan and his vision of the human person as one who is called to greatness, yet fallible and open to redemption. The seminar was based on Mark Miller's The Quest for God & The Good Life (Catholic University of America Press, 2013) as well as Bernard Lonergan's "Existenz and Aggiornamento" and a chapter on "Religion" from his Method in Theology.
Mark T. Miller is Associate Professor of systematic theology and Associate Director of the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco. He also teaches in Catholic Studies and Philippine studies. His interests focus on anthropology, soteriology, political theology, Trinity and Christology. His Ph.D. is from Boston College with the dissertation title of, "Why the Passion?: Bernard Lonergan on the Cross as Communication." His undergraduate degree is in International Studies from Georgetown University. Dr. Miller has taught at the Ateneo de Zamboanga, the University of Asia and the Pacific, Boston College and Georgetown University.
Faculty essays reflecting on the seminar can be found here.
For more highlights on events and happenings please see our current and past Annual Newsletter