Preparing Global Citizens

God & Modern Biology

Educational Enrichment in Science and Religion for Catholic Parish Leaders and Educators

About the Program

The God and Modern Biology program at Fairfield University serves as a catalyst for developing educational materials making science and religion an essential component of Catholic religious and science education nationwide. We aim to build a community of Catholic parish leaders, educators, and University faculty around the integration of scientific knowledge and religious faith.

cfpl_gsauerProgram Director Dr. Glenn Sauer will develop a booklet series aimed at mainstream Catholic audiences at the parish and parochial school level. Our goal is to implement this series into Catholic science and religion programs.

This program has been fully funded by the John Templeton Foundation. There is no cost to program participants.

Who Should Attend?

We offer a wide array of programming. Participants may include, but are not limited to, parish priests, deacons, religious education directors, youth education directors, adult education directors, school principals, science department chairpersons, and religious department chairpersons.

Participants should possess a common desire to learn, share, and implement their ideas in their home parishes or schools. There are no prior academic requirements to participate in this program. Ideally, there will be two to three participants from a respective parish or school. Our goal is for each participant to attend at least four of the Summer Conference dates, as well as the monthly follow-up meetings.

Radio Interviews

Dr. Glenn Sauer interviews with
Spirituality for Today

Thoughts for the Week
April 29, 2012
Listen to the interview (mp3)

Thoughts for the Week
May 13, 2012
Listen to the interview (mp3)

Monthly Discussion Meetings

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6:30-9 p.m, Alumni House
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6:30-9 p.m., Alumni House
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Evening Time and Location TBD

Keynote Lecture Event

"Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life"
by John Haught, Senior Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7:30-9 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Fairfield University

Presentations from Our Monthly Meetings

September 2012 (.ppt)
Pain and Suffering (.ppt)
Suffering and the Question of God (.pdf)
Intelligent Design(.ppt)
Stem Cell (.pptx)

The John Templeton Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
The Center for Faith and Public Life, Fairfield University
The Center for Academic Excellence, Fairfield University
Humanities Institute, Fairfield University

Program Staff

Glenn R. Sauer, Ph.D. - Program Director, Donald J. Ross Chair in Biology and Biochemistry
George Collins, S.J. - Program Facilitator, Coordinator for Mission and Identity Programs
Laurence Miners, Ph.D. - Director, Center for Academic Excellence; Professor of Economics
Trina Wong, Graduate Assistant - Program Coordinator

Questions? Contact: or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2037

Summer 2012 Conference

Educational Enrichment in Science and Religion for Catholic Parish Leaders and Educator

Topics from our 2012 Summer Conference

June 26
Science and Religion

Question: Can we integrate Catholic and scientific worldviews?

July 10 
The Big Bang and Cosmology
Question: Why is there anything at all?
Guest Speaker: Dr. Nancy Dallavalle, Religious Studies

July 17
Question: How does the sanctity of life direct our choices for the future?
Guest Speaker: Fr. Frank Hannafey S.J., Religious Studies

July 24 
Question: What role does God play in a changing world? Guest Speaker: Dr. Dennis Keenan, Philosophy

July 31
Strategies and Reflection
Question: How do we bring this back to our parishes and schools?
Banquet Dinner


Program Overview (PowerPoint)
The Nature of Science (.pdf)
When Science Meets Religion (PowerPoint)
Our View of the Universe (PowerPoint)
Stem Cells: Scientific Potential and Alternatives (PowerPoint)
Evolution 2012 (PowerPoint)
Cosmology and Catholic Thought
Review of GMB Program Goals and Next Steps (PowerPoint)

Related links

Can science and religion agree?