Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

Creating a Dynamic Vision of Catholic Mission and Identity: A University Experience

Catholic Mission Series - Rev. James P. Burns


Monday, October 22, 2012
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


ASC Woulfe Hall N.


Free and open to the public

Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, PhD, ABPP, CGP Boston College, Division of Mission and Ministry, Director of Faculty Outreach and Program Assessment Associate Professor,  University of St. Thomas Instructor, Harvard Medical School Licensed.

Daring to be Different
Catholic higher education faces serious challenges from multiple fronts over the next few years. Among them are the economic and demographic pressures confronting all institutions of higher learning, and the difficulties of living up to the charge of Ex corde Ecclesiae to serve as an institutional witness to the convictions of the Catholic Church in an increasingly polarized political climate. Meeting these challenges will require from us precisely what we aspire to provide our students: morally responsible leadership, thinking critically, acting wisely, and working skillfully to advance the common good.
We invite the St. Thomas community to join us in a sustained conversation about how we can creatively and comprehensively respond to these challenges in ways that will contribute to the University's growing prominence as a leader in Catholic higher education. Over the course of this year, we will be offering a serious of programs in which leaders in higher education from around the country share their varied perspectives and experiences with creative approaches to meeting our common challenges. It is our hope that these programs will serve as a catalyst for community-wide conversations about the future of the University.


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