Center for Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies is an inter-disciplinary inquiry into the intellectual tradition, history and culture, both "high" and popular, of the Catholic Christian tradition.

The Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University exists to sponsor four related sets of activities. They are:

  1. To establish and administer an undergraduate interdisciplinary Minor Program in Catholic Studies.
  2. To work to support the academic component of "mission and identity" education and programming on campus.
  3. To promote an understanding and appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition on campus.
  4. To establish programming for and outreach to the local community, especially but not exclusively the local Catholic community.


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Voices of Others


The Center is directed by the holder of the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies, currently Dr. Paul Lakeland, Professor of Religious Studies.

Dr. Lakeland has recently won Second Place for 50th anniversary of Vatican II  by the Catholic Press Association for his book, A Council That Will Never End: Lumen Gentium and the Church Today.

Dr. Lakeland's 2010 keynote address to the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform’s Synod of the Baptized: “Claiming Our Place at the Table,” was recently published in Oh My God: A Journal of Religion and Culture.

View the Catholic Studies course list

For more information about the Center for Catholic Studies, please visit us in Canisius 200, or contact Michelle Ross, Administrative Coordinator, (203) 254-4000 ext. 3415.

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