November 5, 2021

Published November 5, 2021 at 2:11 PM PDT

As ICTC's fall programs wrap up, we are grateful for your engagement and participation this quarter! Below you can find video links for the fall Catholic Heritage Series lecture and discussion panel.

We are thrilled to announce that Bishop McElroy of San Diego will be at SU in person on January 25 to open our winter quarter theme on Synodality and Spirituality (save-the-date below, registration will open in December). On October 10, Pope Francis officially launched the Vatican's two-year synod process, and he states: "Everything changes once we are capable of genuine encounters with [Jesus] and with one another, without formalism or pretense, but simply as we are." Read more here (NCR, 10/10/21). Synodality, the "art of encounter," will provide a framework for ICTC programs during winter quarter, with more event announcements coming in December.


October 20, 2021

Published October 21, 2021 at 2:10 PM PDT

Signs of the Times

In recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day, on October 12 ICTC hosted an interactive session with Maka Black Elk (Oglala Lakota), Executive Director for Truth and Healing at the Red Cloud Indian School. Maka led participants through the history of Indian residential schools in the U.S., with specific examples from the Red Cloud Indian School, where Maka attended as a student and now teaches. Both indigenous and Catholic, Maka speaks with wisdom and compassion as he explores the response to "is healing possible?" The presentation section of Maka's event is available to watch on the ICTC Vimeo page for those not able to join us!

October 5, 2021

Published October 5, 2021 at 2:10 PM PDT

Signs of the Times

On October 11 we celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of Vatican II and the feast day of Pope John XXIII, who opened the council. This past January, Pope Francis clearly stated that to be Catholic was to embrace the teachings of Vatican II: "You can be with the church and therefore follow the council, or you can not follow the council or interpret it in your own way, as you want, and you are not with the church" (NCR, 2/1/21). As we head into the 60th anniversary of Vatican II in 2022, and given this powerful statement by Pope Francis, it behooves us to reexamine the content and ethos that emerged from this historical council. 

Fall 2021 Campus Update

Published September 27, 2021 at 2:09 PM PDT

2021-22 Theme: Globalization, Spirituality and Justice

The spirit of our God is upon me; anointing me and sending me to bring glad tidings for the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners. To announce a year of favor from our God. -- Luke 4:18

When Jesus spoke these words, he identified himself within the tradition of the great Hebrew prophets whose twofold task was to both denounce (injustice) and to announce (a new way of being in the world). This movement that we trace back to Jesus is echoed throughout the tradition and in the documents of Vatican II as well as other reform movements. All of which speaks to us of new ways of relating, expanding our epistemological postures, and offering new understandings of power. The Catholic Church's social justice teachings are rooted in the life of Jesus and in this prophetic tradition of denouncing and announcing.

September 16, 2021

Published September 16, 2021 at 2:09 PM PDT

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture would like to extend a warm welcome to SU faculty, staff, students and the broader community as we begin the new academic year. We are excited to share our programming and hope that you can join us!

The ICTC will continue the theme of "Globalization, Spirituality and Justice" this year, and fall quarter the Patrick Howell, SJ, Catholic Heritage Series has two events scheduled responding to the topic of "Vatican II at 60" - a main lecture by Dr. Massimo Faggioli on October 21 and a panel discussion with Dr. Catherine Clifford and Dr. Orlando Espin on October 28. See below for the full event descriptions. In addition to the programs on Vatican II, we enter this autumn season with a full calendar of events and celebrations:

August 20, 2021

Published August 20, 2021 at 2:08 PM PDT

Dear colleagues and friends,

The above words from Pope Francis seem especially resonant now as we look forward to beginning a new academic year. It is something that we prepare for every year, yet now a noticeable transformation has taken place. We all have been on a collective journey these past eighteen months; and at the same time our individual circumstances have shaped and prepared us for new experiences. As in every journey and every new experience, we revisit and retrieve those values and aspirations we find worth living for.

June 24, 2021

Published June 24, 2021 at 2:06 PM PDT

As we come to the close of the academic year, we are mindful and grateful for the resilience and the sacrifices that have been made to support one another as we continue our important work here at SU. It is our hope that each and every one of you will get some rest and rejuvenation over the summer and come back refreshed and eager to contribute to and create a new, healed version of community.

5th Annual Immigration Summit

Published May 24, 2021 at 1:05 PM PDT

We must “make every effort to break down the walls that separate us, and in acknowledging our profound interconnection, build bridges that foster a culture of encounter,” Pope Francis said. “Today’s migration movements offer an opportunity for us to overcome our fears and let ourselves be enriched by the diversity of each person’s gifts.”

May 18, 2021

Published May 18, 2021 at 1:05 PM PDT

The Ignatian Year begins Thursday, May 20

Within the Catholic tradition there are various charisms lived out and incarnated through various religious communities. This year we join the Jesuits in celebrating the Ignatian Year. From May 2021 until July 2022, the Society of Jesus celebrates an Ignatian Year. May 20, 2021 marks the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion — that fateful day when Ignatius the soldier, struck by a cannonball, began his transformation into Ignatius the pilgrim.

May 6, 2021

Published May 6, 2021 at 1:05 PM PDT

Please join us as we wrap up the year with several great programs. Next week we welcome theologian and award-winning author Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, and in two weeks we host an interfaith dialogue with Lummi Elder Darrell Hillaire and Fr. Pat Twohy, SJ. We conclude the year with two more faculty research presentations and a panel exploring "Social Justice and its Challenges in the Biden Presidency and the Papacy of Pope Francis" with SU's Dr. Connie Anthony and Dr. Patrick Schoettmer and Boston College's Dr. Hosffman Ospino at the end of May. Please join us - more information is below!

April 20, 2021

Published April 21, 2021 at 1:04 PM PDT

Sign of the Times

In the face of complex long-standing issues of racial injustice, the economy, and the environment, along with the many transitions that we as a university are going through, it’s really important to keep in mind how inter-connected we are and that our lives and the choices that we make are not just our own. ICTC is pleased to offer a spring program schedule that addresses this and invites us to think about responding to these complex and often painful issues with a posture of creativity, compassion and hope, and with strategies, attitudes, and behaviors that enhance all of humanity.

ICTC Spring Quarter Update

Published April 8, 2021 at 1:04 PM PDT

ICTC Spring Quarter Update

We are looking forward to hosting a wonderfully diverse series of events this spring: lectures, conversations, research presentations and reading groups - please join us!

April 1, 2021

Published April 1, 2021 at 12:04 PM PDT

As we enter the Paschal Triduum and Easter holiday, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture wishes you a time of reflection, hope and joy. As dark as the road may seem at times, there is always light at the end, the light and hope of the Easter promise - the Paschal mystery. May all your prayers be fulfilled and wonderful blessings be upon you and your loved ones during this special time.

"May Easter day dawn bright on you, may Easter skies be fair. May new hope spring within your heart, and peace be everywhere."

- Vintage Easter Greeting

March 17, 2021

Published March 17, 2021 at 12:03 PM PDT

We wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day, an upcoming warm and light-filled first day of spring (hopefully!) and for those directly connected with SU, a restful spring break.

The ICTC has a full spring schedule of programs we are looking forward to, from the final lecture in our Nonviolent Shift series with Dr. Erica Chenoweth from Harvard University on April 21 (details below); to several ICTC Research Fellowship presentations, the Theology and Religious Studies Ann O'Hara Graff Lecture (which ICTC is co-sponsoring this year) with Dr. M. Shawn Copland on May 13 and our concluding Interreligious Dialogue Initiative discussion with Lummi Elder Darrell Hillaire on May 19. More information will be available for all of these events early spring quarter!

March 3, 2021

Published March 3, 2021 at 2:03 PM PST

We are two weeks into the Lenten season - a time of intentional prayer, re-examination and a journey towards transformation. As Pope Francis has written:

"A journey always involves a transformation, a change. After a journey, we are no longer the same. There is always something new about those who have made a journey: they have learned new things, encountered new people and situations, and found inner strength amid the hardships and risks they met along the way. No one worships the Lord without first experiencing the interior growth that comes from embarking on a journey."

May this Lenten season be the catalyst for the healing and transformation of ourselves, our communities, our nation, the world, and creation.

February 10, 2021

Published February 10, 2021 at 2:02 PM PST

During the month of February we celebrate Black History Month, a time to especially recognize and uplift the voices and experiences of our Black sisters and brothers. In 1965 African American theologian Howard Thurman wrote "In all this nightmare of violence and rampage there is the basis for real hope...Things that have been smoldering are now moving into the open and are thereby becoming available to be dealt with, shared and treated...A common agenda becomes available now for the first time." A statement that feels just as relevant today, as we pursue "the agenda" of creating a society of peace and justice.

January 15, 2021

Published January 15, 2021 at 2:01 PM PST

It is our hope that the incoming U.S. Administration provides us with an opportunity to address both the systemic roots of racism and racial inequality in our country, as well as the global pandemic and the urgent needs of our people for economic security.

Soon we will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let us join the call to rededicate ourselves to his vision and legacy of Gospel nonviolence and take to heart his call to stand up for justice, stand up for peace, and join hands in a common struggle to abolish the systemic racism, poverty, and violence that threatens to tear our nation apart.

January 11, 2021 - ICTC Winter Quarter Update

Published January 11, 2021 at 2:01 PM PST

Divisive politics, racial injustice, destructive weather, a global pandemic, an economic crisis, and now the recent attack on the democracy of our country: our world is shaken. Yet as we know from history and our Catholic tradition, the fractures caused by these challenges also open space for compassion, justice and transformative change. We discover what’s meaningful in our lives during these times of tribulation, where suffering calls for the response of love and compassion. We are presented with opportunities to reassess and modify how we respond to the daily occurrence of injustice so that we might move nonviolently towards peace. All of this is cause for hope!

December 10, 2020

Published December 10, 2020 at 10:12 AM PST

Blessed are you Holy One, who in the richness of your Divine love blesses us with good things. We are filled with gratitude for the numerous gifts and the countless blessings that come to us from you. Your blessings come in times of joy as well as in time of pain and sorrow, sickness and defeat. But your blessings come always as life and we delight in the knowing.

We take delight and thank you for all the gifts that flow fully, day and night, into our lives. May this season be a time of remembrance, gratitude, shared table fellowship, hope and commitment to justice.

November 23, 2020

Published November 23, 2020 at 11:11 AM PST

"Ignatian life finds its fullest meaning when we let God embrace us and let life-giving love well up within us" (SE15)

Blessed are you Holy One, who in the richness of your Divine love blesses us with good things. We are filled with gratitude for the numerous gifts and the countless blessings that come to us from you. Your blessings come in times of joy as well as in time of pain and sorrow, sickness and defeat. But your blessings come always as life and we delight in the knowing.

We take delight and thank you for all the gifts that flow fully, day and night, into our lives. May this season be a time of remembrance, gratitude, shared table fellowship, hope and commitment to justice.

November 10, 2020

Published November 10, 2020 at 11:11 AM PST

Take a look at our newsletter for information on future events as well as the announcement of our Winter Heritage Lecture!

October 15, 2020

Published October 15, 2020 at 11:10 AM PDT

With the upcoming Election Day, take a look at the newsletter for updates in the Catholic and broader Community such as the new Encyclical by Pope Francis titled, "Fratelli Tutti - Brothers and Sisters All", news from the border, and commemoration of Indigenous Peoples' Day. Please join us this Thursday, October 22 at 4pm for Rev. Daniel Groody in the Catholic Heritage Lecture series titled "Passing Over: A Eucharistic Theology of Migration". Tune in to see upcoming partner events! 

October 1, 2020

Published October 1, 2020 at 11:10 AM PDT

Take a look at the newsletter for updates in the Catholic and broader Community such as the new Encyclical by Pope Francis titled, "Fratelli Tutti - Brothers and Sisters All", ways to celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, and the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Tune in on October 22 at 4pm for Rev. Daniel Groody in the Catholic Heritage Lecture series titled "Passing Over: A Eucharistic Theology of Migration".

ICTC Faculty Development Summer Fellowship Applications are open! We invite faculty to apply for the 2021-2022 ICTC Faculty Development Summer Fellowships. We are accepting applications for the Summer Faculty Research Fellowship and the Summer Course Development Fellowship to fund projects that advance the University’s Jesuit Catholic Mission through faculty research or teaching.

September 18, 2020

Published September 18, 2020 at 11:09 AM PDT

Take a look at our September Newsletter for information for the 11th Annual Patrick Howell, S.J. Catholic Heritage Series 2020-21 starting in Fall 2020 with Rev. Daniel G. Groody from the University of Notre Dame titled Passing Over: A Eucharistic Theology of Migration. We have included a compilation of resources for both the Season of Creation and the Primacy of Conscience further down in the newsletter. As all of this illustrates, there are so many people working for justice, equality, and diversity - more than people working to oppose them. Continue to share the good news!

August 19, 2020

Published August 19, 2020 at 11:08 AM PDT

Look forward to some great events planned this Fall Quarter! The August newsletter covers information on the Fall 2020 Lecture titled Passing Over: A Eucharistic Theology of Migration by Rev. Daniel G. Groody from the University of Notre Dame. We acknowledge the 75th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where we list prayers and reflections by prominent Church leaders with respect to the anniversary.

July 15, 2020

Published July 15, 2020 at 11:07 AM PDT

Featured in the July 15 Newsletter:

  • The ICTC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and People of Color as our collective work of creating a just society gains new momentum. We have collected a variety of resources for learning in "Sign of the Times."
  • Feast of St. Ignatius
  • 2019-2020 Year in Review
  • Looking back at the 2019-2020 Catholic Heritage Lectures
  • The Immigration Summit moved online, link provided to videos
  • We the People and the Primacy of Conscience Series, a series that highlights the importance of participation in political life. Click to watch the archived videos!
  • The Interreligious Dialogue Initiative will sponsor a public forum in partnership with groups and initiatives on campus

June 11, 2020

Published June 11, 2020 at 8:06 AM PDT

Featured in the June 11 Newsletter:

  • The ICTC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and People of Color as our collective work of creating a just society gains new momentum. We have collected a variety of resources for learning in "Sign of the Times."
  • Amber Larkin'slast day as Program Coordinator with the ICTC is June 30 
  • The "new" Patrick Howell, S.J. Catholic Heritage Series is announced
  • Pope Francis invites us to celebrate Laudato Si' for a year
  • The Immigration Summit officially closes, but the work remains

May 29, 2020

Published May 29, 2020 at 7:05 AM PDT

On behalf of the ICTC, we share in the grief and outrage of the recent racist events happening in our country. 

Catholic Immigration Summit 2020

Published May 27, 2020 at 7:05 AM PDT

The 4th Annual Catholic Immigration Summit has more videos available! Be sure to visit the page soon, some videos will expire as the information presented is timely.

Here's what has been added recently:

  • Jorge Baron, Executive Director of Immigrant Rights Project, addresses common questions on the topic of immigration and financial support during the pandemic (Spanish).
  • Nicole Peger, Staff Attorney for Catholic Immigration Legal Services, gives an update on what DACA recipients should know as they await the Supreme Court's decision.
  • Mario Villanueva, Executive Director of the Washington State Catholic Conference, discusses immigrant advocacy.

May 15, 2020

Published May 15, 2020 at 7:05 AM PDT

In many ways it seems the world has stood still these past two months, as if on pause. Although we are all experiencing the pandemic, our experiences vary from individual, community and country. In this newsletter, we want to highlight the experiences specifically of people facing the challenges of immigration in the US during this time.

May 1, 2020

Published May 1, 2020 at 3:05 AM PDT

When we find ourselves in times of distress and great challenge we look to our ancestors, teachers, loved ones, and traditions for some wisdom that can accompany us during this difficult journey. We have in our tradition such a figure in the person of St. Catherine of Siena, a mystic, activist, and Doctor of the Church whose feast day was April 29. St. Catherine was born in 1347, right in the midst of the Black Death; the America Magazine article Why you should read St. Catherine of Siena—in her own words—during the coronavirus pandemic” is a wonderful illustration of how a woman mystic who died 640 years ago can speak relevantly to our current context.

April 17, 2020

Published April 17, 2020 at 9:04 AM PDT

In this newsletter, we look at various ways those connections continue to be made and hope you are finding new ways to connect—even while apart—and certainly hope you will continue to connect with ICTC.

April 15, 2020

Published April 15, 2020 at 11:04 AM PDT

Remembering our Brother Peter: On April 11, 2020, Holy Saturday, we the SU community suffered a great loss. Our brother Fr. Peter Ely, SJ, passed. Shocked and overwhelmed by grief, we mourn that we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye; to tell him how much his presence meant to us, or that his questions about our well-being, our family, and our research, made us feel “seen” and cared for. We will miss how he drew from his own flawed humanity to appreciate and to advocate for mercy, forgiveness, and compassion.

April 1, 2020

Published April 1, 2020 at 12:04 PM PDT

Like many of you, we at ICTC are reflecting on the rapid and radically different world we find ourselves in. Many of us have moved to working entirely online in order to respond to our professional responsibilities and to maintain contact in our personal relationships.

March 2020

Published March 6, 2020 at 10:03 AM PST

This week we introduce "We the people and the Primacy of Conscience," a series that draws the best from our Constitution – “We the People,” and our Catholic Tradition – “The Primacy of Conscience,” to enhance our democratic participation.

February 2020

Published February 7, 2020 at 10:02 AM PST

The Hope Border Institute, in recognition of the one year anniversary of the Migrant Protection Protocols, released their "Remain in Mexico" report - a note from their website: 

January 2020

Published January 10, 2020 at 10:01 AM PST

As we welcome in the new year and new decade, we do so with both gratitude and hope, and also a desire for peace and reconciliation.

December 2019

Published December 6, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, during these holy days, wish you and your family peace, love and joy. As we wait the coming of new year, let us reflect on this litany titled “The Work of Christmas” composed by Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.

Remember Fr. Howell, SJ

Published November 29, 2019 at 10:11 AM PST

“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.” -

November 2019

Published November 1, 2019 at 10:11 AM PDT

November is Black Catholic History Month! November is appropriate for this celebration because it holds special days for two prominent African Catholics: St. Martin de Porres whose feast day is celebrated on November 3 and St. Augustine whose birthday is on November 13

October 2019

Published October 4, 2019 at 10:10 AM PDT

Just three weeks into the quarter, and ICTC has had a full calendar! From Sr. Prejean’s lecture last month, through all the beginning of the year festivities, up until our first Catholic Heritage Lecture last week with Dr. Tom Landy (Catholic & Cultures), ICTC's new interim director has had her hands full. Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez spoke with SU Commons recently about her new role at the ICTC – read the interview here.

September 2019

Published September 6, 2019 at 10:09 AM PDT

The ICTC welcomes Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez as the Interim Director and Malcolm and Mari Stamper Endowed Chair in Catholic Intellectual and Cultural Traditions. Working alongside Dr. Rodriguez is Jessica Palmer, Assistant Director, and Amber Larkin, Program Coordinator. Please stop by the ICTC Office in Lemieux Library 659 to say hi and learn more about the ICTC programs for the year! 

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