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  • 03/20/2023 10:15 AM | Elizabeth Groppe

    The Catholic-Mennonite organization Bridgefolk will hold its annual gathering in conjunction with the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary's conference "Rooted and Grounded: Land and Christian Discipleship" September 28-30, 2023 in Elkhart, INProposals for papers and workshops will be accepted through April 30. Registration opens May 1.

  • 03/16/2023 11:11 AM | Christopher Pramuk

    Dear colleagues, 

    The International Thomas Merton Society holds its biennial conference June 22-25, 2023, at Saint Mary's College, South Bend, IN. Wonderful lineup of plenary speakers, creative presentations, academic papers, and communal prayer. Registration now open, with early-bird pricing until April 15. Students and emerging scholars are encouraged to apply for Daggy Scholarships. Please help us spread the word!

    Thank you,

    Christopher Pramuk (ITMS President)

  • 03/15/2023 4:15 PM | Heather Miller Rubens

    The 2023 Silber-Obrecht Lecture in Interreligious & Interfaith Studies with Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

    The inaugural Silber-Obrecht Lecture in Interreligious and Interfaith Studies, to be held from April 25-27, 2023 at Loyola University Maryland, will be delivered by Francis X. Clooney, S.J., a theologian at the Harvard Divinity School and a leader in the field of interreligious studies. Shubha Pathak, Ph.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University in Washington D.C. will be the respondent.

    The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies in Baltimore, and is co-sponsored by Goucher College, the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Morgan State University’s Center for Religion and Cities, and St. Mary’s Seminary & University. All lectures are free and will be live streamed.

    Lecture #1: "What is the State of the Emerging Field of Interfaith and Interreligious Studies?" with Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT. Register for Zoom link:

    Lecture #2: "What is the Future of the Field," with Francis X. Clooney, S.J. Response by Shubha Pathak, Ph.D., Ph.D. Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT. Register for Zoom link:

    Workshop: Thursday, April 27, 2023, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT, at the ICJS Library (by invitation only).

    The Silber-Obrecht Lecture, the first endowed lectureship in the emerging field of Interreligious and Interfaith Studies, is a semiannual three-day academic residency in Baltimore. The lectureship aims to advance the field of study by presenting new and creative work by a senior scholar and interreligious practitioner. 

  • 03/15/2023 1:31 PM | Anonymous

    The CTSA remembers and prays for long standing member Denise L. Carmody who died at home today, March 15.

    Eternal rest grant unto Denise, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon her.
    May Denise's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

    Denise Carmody was born in Baltimore, MD. She received an A.B. at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (1958), and an M.A. at Boston College (1966). She had loved philosophy as an undergrad; in particular, questions about epistemology (how people know) led to an abiding interest in comparative religious studies. She pursued that interest by earning a Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion from Boston College in 1970. Denise has published over sixty books, including the 7th edition to Ways to the Center. Her research interests are Roman Catholicism and world religions. She retired in June, 2012.  ( Picture and above statement accessed on 3/15/23 <<Religious Studies, Santa Clara University,>>.)

    CTSA Proceedings Contribution 

    Denise L. Carmody, 
    The Role of Women in Theology: Summary of the Discussion, CTSA 38th Annual Convention Proceedings, Minutes of the Meeting: 74-76.

  • 03/15/2023 10:13 AM | Reginald Lynch, OP

    The Thomist is pleased to announce its first annual Rising Scholar Award:  Submissions are due by March 7, 2024.  

  • 03/10/2023 10:44 AM | Fiona Li

    The Msgr. John Mary Fraser Centre for Practical Theology at Regis St. Michael's Faculty of Theology invites you all to join our online panel reflecting on Pope Francis's recent visit to Canada and our next steps towards reconciliation. 

    Panelists include: 

    • Dr. Michel Andraos, PhD (Dean of the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada)
    • Sr. Priscilla Solomon, CSJ (CSJ, Faith and Justice, Ojibway First Nation)
    • Sr. Sheila Smith, RSCJ, PhD (St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada)
    • Fr. John Meehan, SJ, PhD (Director, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Trinity College, Toronto, Canada)
    • Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ, ThD (Jesuits of Canada)
    • Mr. Noah MacDonald, JCL (Canon Lawyer, Archdiocese of Toronto, Michipicoten First Nation)
    The event is on Tuesday March 28, 2023 from 7-9 PM (Toronto time). Registration is now OPEN and can be found here:

    The Zoom link will be sent out closer to the event date. If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your junk/spam folders as mass emails can be filtered into that folder. If you do not receive this email by noon (Toronto time) on the day of the event, please feel free to email our webmaster Ashley Tran at

    We hope to see you all at the event!

  • 03/06/2023 2:29 PM | Erin Lothes Biviano

    Please save the date of April 25, at 7pm Eastern time, for a virtual Town Hall at which all members may be updated on the recommendations by the Fossil Fuel Divestment committee for best paths forward to implement the Board's decision to divest from fossil fuels.  A report and presentation by the committee will be followed by conversation, questions and answers. 

    More information forthcoming!

  • 02/28/2023 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Catholic Church Involvement in Native American Boarding Schools: Learning to Walk the Good Road Toward Healing

    Session 1: Monday, March 6 "Native Boarding Schools: Learning from History to Promote Healing"

    Fr. Mike Carson, Asst. Director for Native American Affairs Committee on Multicultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB.

    Session 2: Monday, March 20 "Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience in First Nations Communities"

    Dr. Amy Bombay, Anishinaabe from Rainy River First Nations

    See flyer for registration details, times and further details, click here

    CTSA Member Margaret Mary Moore invites you to register for this amazing event.  Contact:

    Margaret Mary Moore, 314 781-3231 and   

  • 02/27/2023 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to CTSA President Francis X. Clooney, S.J. on giving the 2023 Annual Candlemas Lecture at Boston College, On the Edge: Reflections on Being a Christian Intellectual and Many Religions.

    Link to video on YouTube

  • 02/27/2023 10:26 AM | Elizabeth Huddleston

    The Early Modern Roots of Newman’s Religious World

    Click here for information and registration.

    John Henry Newman’s life spanned nearly the entire nineteenth century, and his influence extended into the twentieth century and beyond. Yet, Newman studies stands to benefit from a greater analysis of the religious world in which Newman operated and what gave rise to that world. The Spring Symposium will therefore seek to shed light on the broader ecclesial and intellectual context that was formative for Newman's own time period, life, and work. What does a more thorough exploration of Tridentine reform, Early Modern Scholasticism, and the Enlightenment reveal about a figure like Newman operating within Anglicanism and Catholicism in the nineteenth century?

    Time (Eastern Time, UTC −05)

    FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023
    Welcome and Introduction: Chris Cimorelli, 6:45 PM EST
    LectureShaun Blanchard, 7:00-7:45 PM EST
    LectureElissa Cutter and Q&A, 8:00-8:45 PM EST

    SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2023
    Keynote: Trent Pomplun and Q&A, 9:30-10:30 AM EST
    LectureGeertjan Zuijdwegt, 10:45-11:30 AM EST

    Roundtable Discussion and Closing Remarks, 11:45 AM-12:15 PM EST

    Attend in Person or via Zoom Internet

    • Attend in person at the Gailliot Center for Newman Studies, 211 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    • Or attend via Zoom Internet from anywhere in the world. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. For security reasons, all participants will be required to login using the exact name they used during registration. 

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