Message from the Director

The Center for Catholic Studies provides a wide range of activities and programs designed to enhance the Catholic mission and identity of the University of St. Thomas, and to contribute to national and international developments in Catholic higher education.

Our Mission

The Center for Catholic Studies is an academic community within the University of St Thomas dedicated to the ongoing renewal of Catholic higher education. Shaped by the Catholic principles of the unity of knowledge and the complementarity of faith and reason, the Center pursues its mission through interdisciplinary teaching and research, service to the community, and cultivation of spiritual life.

As the oldest and largest project of its kind in the world, Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally. The Center for Catholic Studies oversees the work of three major institutes and a quarterly journal as well as a variety of lectures and faculty development programs:

The Center’s work combines the unity of knowledge and the complementarity of faith and reason to enhance the intellectual, spiritual, moral and ecclesial life of students, faculty and practitioners. The Center provides multiple opportunities in academic programs, scholarship and interdisciplinary reflection, as well as participation in Catholic prayer, life and culture.

Located in Sitzmann Hall (2055 Summit, St. Paul, MN), daily Mass and weekly Eucharistic Adoration are offered in our Albertus Magnus Chapel during the academic year. We look forward to conversations with you about opportunities in each of these areas for your own work and development.

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Director, Center for Catholic Studies