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Fall 2020 Events

Throughout the year, the Center for Catholic Studies invites nationally recognized scholars to share their expertise on a wide range of topics as they pertain to Catholic Studies. Please join us!

Free and open to the public, all Fall 2021 Lectures are available for both in-person attendance and livestream viewing.

For further information contact Mary Crimmins, Administrative Coordinator at or (203) 254-4000 ext. 2097.

Cristina Traina, PhD, Fordham University
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
5 p.m.

Hybrid Event: In-Person at Dolan School of Business Event Hall L 01,
or register to watch via livestream

The 21st Annual Anne Drummey O’Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
“Women and Children First? The Pandemic’s Lessons for Society and the Church”

Kevin Philip Johnson, DMA, Director of Spelman College Glee Club
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Hybrid Event: In-Person at Dolan School of Business Event Hall L 01,
or register to watch via livestream

The 2021 Catholicism and the Arts Lecture
“Authentically Black and Catholic: A Visionary Retrospective on African American Music in Catholic Worship”

The Rev. Cass L. Shaw, Former President and CEO of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Hybrid Event: In-Person at Dolan School of Business Event Hall L 01,
or register to watch via livestream

The 28th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J., Lecture in Theology, Religion & Society
"Meeting the Moment, How Faithful Is the Church?"

Living Theology Workshops

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 5 p.m.
Hosted by Rita Ferrone, MDiv
“Gathering for the Eucharist: Ancient Ritual, Contemporary Challenges”

Hybrid Event: In-Person at DiMenna-Nyselius Library | Multimedia Room, or register to watch via livestream

Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.
Hosted by Paul Lakeland, PhD
“ ‘A Synodal Church’: What Does Pope Francis Mean?”
In-Person Only: BCC | Dogwood Room

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 5 p.m.
Hosted by Brian Stiltner, PhD, Sacred Heart University
“Reaching Out: Parish Life and Social Justice After the Pandemic”
Hybrid Event: In-Person at BCC | Dogwood Room, or register to watch via livestream

All Living Theology Workshops are free and open to the public. Please join us!

Meet Our Team

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Paul Lakeland


Center for Catholic Studies


Get to Know Paul

Paul Lakeland, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies
Director of the Center for Catholic Studies, and Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J.
Chair in Catholic Studies

Dr. Lakeland received his licentiate in philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, an MA from Oxford University in English Language and Literature, a bachelor of divinity degree from the University of London, and his PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. At Fairfield he teaches courses on ecclesiology, religion and culture, and religion and literature. He is the author of some 35 scholarly articles and 10 books, the most recent of which are:

  • The Wounded Angel (Liturgical Press 2017) College Theological Society award for Best Theology Book of 2017
  • A Council That Will Never End: Lumen Gentium and the Church Today (Liturgical Press, 2013)
  • Yves Congar: Essential Writings. The Modern Spiritual Masters Series (Orbis Books, 2010)
  • Church: Living Communion (Liturgical Press, 2009)
  • Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church (Continuum, 2007), which won an award from the Catholic Press Association
  • The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church (Continuum, 2003), which received the 2004 Catholic Press Association Award for the best book in theology
  • Postmodernity: Christian Identity in a Fragmented Age (Fortress Press, 1997)
  • Theology and Critical Theory: the Discourse of the Church (Abingdon Press, 1990)

Paul Lakeland is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theology Society and the American Theological Society. His academic and research interests include the roles of the laity in the Catholic Church, the Papacy, religion and literature, and the relations between religious commitment and progressive politics.

He can be reached at


Dr. Paul Lakeland, professor of religious studies, was formally installed as the first holder of the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Chair in Catholic Studies
March 2, 2005

The Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies was established as a result of gifts of various donors in honor of the retiring president, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J.

Sharing the honor of the occasion with Dr. Lakeland (third from left) were: (l-r) Dr. G. Dennis O'Brien, former president of Bucknell University and the University of Rochester, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree; the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., president emeritus, for whom the chair is named; and Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., former University President.

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Mary Crimmins

Administrative Coordinator

Center for Social Impact

Center for Catholic Studies


Get to Know Mary

Mary Crimmins is the Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Social Impact. In this capacity Mary interacts with faculty, other departments and outside partners to ensure the achievement of the Center’s objectives.

Mary is also the Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Catholic Studies. As administrative coordinator, Mary interacts with faculty, lecturers, and other departments to ensure the achievement of the Center’s objectives.

Mary received her BA in 1991 with a focus on marketing, from St. Bonaventure University. Prior to taking a hiatus to raise her three daughters, Mary held a variety of administrative positions in marketing and promotion, most recently with Breitling, a manufacturer of premium watches. Mary is an 18-year resident of Fairfield and mostly enjoys spending time with her three daughters, Emily, Nicole, Claire and husband Mike.

Learn More About the Center for Catholic Studies

What We Do

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What We Do

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.


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.

View the Catholic Studies course list

For more information about the Center for Catholic Studies, please visit us in Canisius 200, or contact Mary Crimmins, Administrative Coordinator, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2097.

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Where to Find Us

Directions to campus and an interactive map of Fairfield University can help you locate the venue of on-campus lecture and workshop events. Please note: all Fall 2020 events will be held virtually on Zoom.

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Our Advisory Board

Meet the members of the Center for Catholic Studies Advisory Board.
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