Catholic Studies Timeline

Spring 1993
Approval of Interdisciplinary Program in Catholic Studies University Senate 

Fall 1993
First Catholic Studies courses offered

Summer 1994 
First annual summer seminar for faculty across the university
Francis Cardinal Arinze lecture: “Church and Interreligious Dialog”

Spring 1995
First Catholic Studies graduating class, two majors and one minor

December 1995
Gift from David and Barbara Koch to create the Koch chair in Catholic Studies and the Koch Scholarship in Catholic Studies

Spring 1996
Appointment of the first director of the Center for Catholic Studies
The Center for Christian Social Thought and Management incorporated into the Center for Catholic Studies as the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought.

Summer 1997
First issue of the Center’s quarterly journal, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture
First national conference on Catholic Studies held at the University of St. Thomas’ Gainey Center

Fall 1998
Creation of the Catholic Studies and Angelicum Dominican Pontifical University Program in Rome.
Center moves from Aquinas Hall to 2057 Portland Avenue
Acquisition of the Christopher Dawson library and manuscript collection

Spring 1999
Acquisition of the residence which will become the Bernardi Campus in Rome

Fall 1999
Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận lecture: “Justice in the World on the Verge of the New Millenium”

Spring 2000
Approval of the Master of Arts Program in Catholic Studies 

Fall 2000 
Dedication of the  Bernardi Campus in Rome 
First issue of the Center for Catholic Studies  newsmagazine, Perspectives
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz lecture: “The Roman Catholic Church in Today’s Russia”

Spring 2001
Approval of departmental status for Catholic Studies
Approval of the joint Master of Arts/JD program in Catholic Studies and law
Ryan Institute with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace sponsors the Rome conference “Work as the Key to the Social Question: The Great Social and Economic Transformations and the Social Dimension of Work.”

Fall 2001
Creation of the Joseph and Edith Habiger Lectureship in Catholic Studies

Spring 2002
Archbishop Joseph Zycinski lecture:  “Between Totalitarian and Liberal Societies: The Church in Poland 12 Years After the Fall of Communism”

Fall 2002
Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev lecture: “Future Prospects for Catholic-Orthodox Relations”

January 2003
Move to Sitzmann Hall, 2055 Summit Avenue, the new home of the Center for Catholic Studies

Spring 2003
Creation of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, a joint venture of the Center and the School of Law

Fall 2003
George Weigel lecture: “Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of John Paul II’s Pontificate”

Spring 2004
First of three grants (given over seven years) received from the Lilly Endowment Foundation to begin programming on the Theological Exploration of Vocation
Monika Hellwig lecture: “Catholic Mission and the Identity of the University”
Mary Ellen Bork lecture: “Affirming the Feminine Role in a Secular Age”

Fall 2004
Creation of the Catholic Women’s Floor in Dowling Hall
Russell Hittinger lecture: “Church and State: The Moral Tradition”

Spring 2005
Ryan Institute and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace cosponsor “The Call to Justice: The Legacy of Gaudium et spes after Forty Years,” Vatican City State

Fall 2005 
Creation of the Catholic Men’s floor in Ireland Hall
Fr. Paul Murray, O.P.: “Is There a Case for Poetry?”

Spring 2006
Creation of the Joseph and Edith Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership
Leadership Intern Program
Latino Leadership Program
Community Living Program
Leadership Formation (Mentorship) Program
Young Scholars Program

Spring 2007
Establishment of the Alan W. Moss Chair in Catholic Social Thought, Ryan Institute
Ryan Institute collaborates with the Opus College of Business in the development of the Mission-Driven Catholic Business Education Seminar for Opus College faculty.

Fall 2008
Fr. Ian Ker lecture: “John Henry Newman”

Spring 2009
Groundbreaking for major addition to Sitzmann Hall

Summer 2009
Creation of the Higher Calling of the Entrepreneur Series by the Ryan and Habiger Institutes, in collaboration with the Veritas Institute

Fall 2009    
Completion of addition to Sitzmann Hall, including the Albertus Magnus Chapel and two classrooms

Fall 2011
Carter Snead and Lynn Wardle lecture: “Embryo Rights and Stem Cell Research”
Peter Cardinal Turkson lecture: “Caritas in veritate: Good News for Society”
Gary Anderson lecture: “Sin: A History”

Spring 2012 
Ryan Institute and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace publish “The Vocation of the Business Leader”
Collaboration with the Holy See Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, to provide policy analysis for the mission presentations at the U.N.

Fall 2012
Creation of the Catholic Studies at St. Mark’s program, involving the graduate students of the CSMA program
Bishop Charles Morerod, O.P.: “Vatican II on Religious Freedom: European and American Perspectives”

Spring 2013
Major guidance provided for the establishment of the Catholic Studies program at the University Institute of the Diocese of Buea, in the Republic of Cameroon, South Africa at the "University of St. Thomas and Catholic University Institute of Buea Leadership Seminar"
Helen Alvare lecture: “Women and the Politics of Freedom”

Spring 2014

Panel discussion and presentation on "Business as an Agent for Social Change," including discussions led by Elizabeth Babson, Lyman Johnson, Haskell Murray, John McVea, Michael Naughton, Elizabeth Schlitz, and Michael Miller

Spring 2015
Bishop Robert Barron Lecture: "Aquinas and Why the New Athiests are Right"

Panel discussion on "The Entrepreneurial Vision of the Economy of Communion"

Dr. Michael Naughton named Director of the Center for Catholic Studies

Fall 2015
Catholic Studies collaborates with Campus Ministry and Saint Paul's Outreach to form "TommieCatholic," focused on creating unity among the Catholic students on campus

Dr. Elizabeth Lev Lecture: "Michelangelo's Women: How the Renaissance Master Reinvented the Female Form"

Christian Brugger Lecture: "Catholic Perspectives on Dying: Renewing End-of-Life Care and Obligations of a Holy Death"

Spring 2016
Conference on "Human and Natural Ecology," including a panel discussion on "Laudato Si"

Panel discussion on "Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business"

Dr. John Boyle lecture: "Wisdom and Fullness of Life, Why Aquinas Matters"

Catholic Studies and TommieCatholic welcome newly-installed Archbishop Bernard Hebda to speak on campus about "Leadership and Pope Francis"

Don Briel: A Life of Purpose and Joy