Letter from the Director

Toward the Breaking In of the Light

As we enter into this new liturgical year and this season of Advent, may this liminal time be filled with hopeful anticipation of the promised future. So much has happened this year that invites us to ground ourselves more deeply in our fundamental source of meaning and in our shared identities as the beloved of God. It is important to remember that the increasingly dark days of the present are moving us towards the breaking in of the light. We are called to dare forth as people of the light! 

This past year, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture created opportunities to delve more deeply into the implications of a faith that enlivens love and justice in our world. The conversations about Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) continue with partners in the community and on campus who share our commitment to integrate this ground-breaking document in the life of our local church. Faculty gathered over the summer to discuss the issue of racial justice from the lens of faith and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Students interested in the issue of immigration came together to learn about the religious roots of the sanctuary movement and sat with Bishop Eusebio Elizondo to hear about his experiences as the chair of the USCCB Migration Committee. In partnership with the Physics and Chemistry departments, a series on Jesuits in science that began in the fall reminded attendees of the integral role of science in Jesuit education from the beginning and intends to show the central role of wonder in science and other disciplines at the university. All of this is within the context of a year-long institutional Examen as we reflect on the ways Seattle University has been living its Jesuit Catholic mission. The Catholic Heritage Lectures, in recognition of the celebration of SU‘s 125th anniversary, invite us into this deep and reflective examination about the crucial role played by a Jesuit Catholic university in our world today. 

As we enter into the new year and all it holds, the ICTC is proud to play a role in moving the SU community towards a deeper appreciation of the value of Catholic intellectual and cultural traditions, especially as we address the salient and urgent issues facing our communities today. I want to thank you for your continued support and hope to see you at the many opportunities we have in this coming year. 

With gratitude and hope, 

Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture


    —Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Ph.D.
Inaugural Director, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture


In Celebration


It is my honor to share a beautiful expression of the world to which the ICTC is called, a beautiful poem written for the institute by Gabriella Gutiérrez & Muhs, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Modern Languages.