Micah Current Programs
Micah Senior Executive Project

Ongoing Micah Institute Programs

The Micah Business Leadership Program is a series of lectures, seminars, retreats, and workshops designed for business leaders, business students, and the business community. The activities are facilitated by a team of nationally recognized religious and business leaders. Business persons explore and learn how to anchor their leadership, extend their self awareness, creativity and vision, and improve the ethical climate of their businesses.

The Woodstock Business Conference (WBC)/Seton Hall Chapter meets monthly from September through May. Its mission is to establish and lead a national network of business leaders to explore their respective religious traditions in order to assist the individual executives to integrate faith, family, and professional life; to develop a corporate culture that is reflective of their religious faith and values; and to exercise a beneficial influence upon society at large.


The Ethics and Economics Forum is an interdisciplinary effort, sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute and Micah Institute for Business and Economics of the Center for Catholic Studies to bring together faculty and others for conversations on economic justice. Our aim is to convene faculty interested in this topic from various schools and departments across the university. Activities include guest speakers, book reviews, faculty presentations, among others. The Forum will meet at least twice a semester for lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in a meeting room in the Student Center.

  • October 21, 2015: First Meeting of the Ethics and Economics Forum 2015, Oesterreicher Suite, Walsh Library


The Catholic Social Teaching Topics website was established to advance the work of social justice by making available resources and information about the Catholic social heritage. It explores the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching on human work, the environment, the global economy, politics, world order, and peace, and is grounded in certain principles that also have universal resonance across faith traditions.


Micah Seminars for Stillman School of Business Students are ongoing seminars presented in the Spring and Fall semesters to introduce a select group of students, undergraduate and graduate, to the dynamics of organizational leadership which is informed by values and social principles of the major faith traditions: the principles of human dignity, the common good, and concern for the poor. Students are introduced to new and insightful thinking and reflection processes which allow them to deepen their self awareness and assist them in integrating their primary goals and aspirations with career expectations. Thus, students are able to more critically evaluate traditional economic theory and business leadership practices. For more information or if interested in participating, contact Danute Nourse at danute.nourse@shu.edu or (973) 275-2525.

Noteworthy Past Programs


Annual Conference of the Micah Business Leadership Project
"Human Dignity and the Twelve Million: The Religious, Economic and Legal Aspects of Immigration in the United States and US Immigration Policy."
April 28, 2012

On April 28, 2012 the Center for Catholic Studies and the Micah Institute for Business and Economics presented their annual economic summit, “Human Dignity and the Twelve Million: The Religious, Economic and Legal Aspects of Immigration in the United States and US Immigration Policy.” The Summit addressed the religious, economic and legal aspects of immigration in the United States today. Attendees included a cross-section of business, political, academic and religious leaders. The small group format offered the opportunity for reflection, as well as lively, spirited conversation. Speakers included; Dr. Anna Brown, Professor of Political Science at St. Peter’s College; Greg Sullivan, Program Director of First Friends, an immigrant detainee service and Kathleen O’Leary of Pax Christi, an organization advocating a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. Also, immigrant neighbors bore witness to the arrest and detention experience and the realities of family separation among immigrant families


Annual Conference of the Micah Business Leadership Project 

"Profitability and Justice: The Case of the Living Wage"

April 9, 2011


On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics with the Woodstock Theological Center Arrupe Program in Social Ethics for Business of Georgetown University hosted a workshop at the Walsh Library Rotunda. Facilitated by the Arrupe Program in Social Ethics for Business, the workshop brought together business and academic leaders to focus on the issue of a living wage in the midst of the concrete demands of profitability. The program examined business perspectives on the topic, joined with theological reflection on the demands of justice in our day. The method of the workshop was experiential, focusing on the concrete experiences of the participants and sought to bring to light their living wisdom.


Annual Conference of the Micah Business Leadership Project

"Contemporary Movements for Social Justice"

April 24, 2010


On Saturday, April 24, 2010, the Center for Catholic Studies, co-sponsored by the Micah Institute for Business and Economics and the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, held "Contemporary Movements for Social Justice." This annual conference focused on the research and insights of Bernard J. Lonergan. During his lifetime, Lonergan wrote about the "pure cycle" of economic activity - the harmonious relations between production, consumption, finance and a standard of living reflecting the common good. This conference focused on these ideas and how they related to various movements for justice today - particularly, Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice - Newark Chapter, the "Economy of Communion," the Focolare Movement and the Sant' Egidio Movement.


Bernard J. Lonergan Economic Summit Follow-Up Forum

Mr. Gene Ahner on "Business Ethics: Making a Life, Not Just a Living"

November 12, 2009


In today's economic climate, how can individuals move from viewing business as more than the exhortations of "do not lie, cheat or steal" and "give generously to good causes whenever possible?" To survive, effective businessmen and women need to make more than a living; business needs to be understood as a vocation, giving a deeper meaning to activities that take up so much of our time, talent and energy. Mr. Gene Ahner explained "Business Ethics: Making a Life, Not Just a Living." 


Bernard J. Lonergan Economic Summit Follow-Up Forum

Dr. Margaret Benefiel on "The Soul of a Leader in Tough Economic Times"

October 27, 2009


In an environment where leaders are rewarded for their drive, decisiveness, productivity and long hours, the souls of leaders may get short shrift. As a result, harm can come to the leader and, ultimately, to the organization this individual serves. Challenging the assumptions that effective leaders must sell their souls, cut corners, cook the books, and let go of their vision, a new model of leadership was presented by Dr. Margaret Benefiel.


  • Dr. Margaret Benefiel's PowerPoint Presentation "The Soul of a Leader in Tough Economic Times"
  • Dr. Margaret Benefiel's Faculty Presentation "Strange Bedfellows or Natural Partners: The Academic Study of Business and Spirituality"


International Summit Conference of the Micah Business Leadership Project

"Forging a New Economic Paradigm: Perspectives From Bernard J. Lonergan"

June 19 - 20, 2009


This was an eye-opening international summit conference on economics, which convened experts from the business community, academia and other fields to examine the writings and theories of renowned philosopher and theologian Bernard J. Lonergan, S.J. (1904-1984). Author of For a New Political Economy and Macroeconomic Dynamics: An Essay in Circulation Analysis (University of Toronto Press), Lonergan taught that the fundamental issue in avoiding economic booms and slumps was wide-spread teaching of a correct understanding of the economic cycle. Only in this way can we avoid "putting our foot on the accelerator and the brake at the same time."


Contact Us

Micah Institute for Business and Economics
(973) 275-2525
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