Beyond Career to Calling offers many avenues to assist faculty and staff as they seek to fulfill the University of St. Thomas' mission to "actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture."
Church and the Biomedical Revolution lectures offer faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in discussions of issues in the medical field. In addition, public lectures are given in order to fulfill the overarching aim of the program, which is to engage the question of the nature and shape of the Church’s contribution to the public/global debate occasioned by the biomedical revolution. The lectures comprise topis of medicine and law, policy, and morality, as well philosophy, and, ultimately, theology.
A Faculty Discussion Classical Book Program gathers faculty from across the University in an informal setting to discuss classic texts of the western tradition and explore their vocational implications for the participants as intellectuals and academics in a Catholic university. The project seeks to create a climate of reflection, foster critical engagement, and create friendships among St. Thomas faculty. Approximately 15-20 faculty from a variety of disciplines come together weekly on Friday afternoons throughout the academic year to discuss the chosen reading. Readings have included Dante's Divine Comedy, Plato's Republic, Flannery O'Connor's, The Habit of Being, Augustine's City of God, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and Cicero's On Duty and The Nature of the Gods.
Beyond Career to Calling offers many avenues to assist students as they integrate their faith lives and vocational paths.
The Lilly Foundation grant, Beyond Career to Calling, has been a wonderful opportunity to explore the integration of faith and vocation. The grant period will end at the conclusion of the 2009-10 academic year, and thus, some programs are offered on a limited basis for the upcoming academic year.