Each year, the ICTC hosts a scholar of Catholic thought and/or culture, availing of their expertise for reading groups, classes, on-campus events and, often, community outreach.
Patrick Howell, S.J.
This academic year (2015-16) marks Fr. Howell's second with the ICTC as Distinguished Professor in Residence. We look forward to the theological expertise he will share with the Seattle University community and the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Fr. Howell has taught pastoral theology at Seattle University since 1985 and has been keenly involved with the formation of lay ecclesial ministers for the Catholic Church and ministers in 10 Protestant denominations. He has served as Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry, Vice President for Mission and most recently Rector of the Jesuit Community. His book, A Spiritguide through Times of Darkness, has been widely used, and he wrote a column for the Faith & Values section of The Seattle Times for nine years.
His most recent courses have been The Theology of Vatican II (graduate) and Catholic Imagination in Art and Film (undergraduate). During a year-long sabbatical, Fr. Howell went to work in the fall of 2013 for America magazine, a national Jesuit publication, and was commissioned along with four other experts to translate into English one of the first in-person interviews with Pope Frances and had been conducted in Italian. For the past two years, he has been giving multiple talks about Pope Francis, the reform of the Catholic Church, the pope’s message of mercy and compassion, his urgent call for care for the planet Earth and his Jesuit spirituality and leadership style.
Mel Piehl, PhD, Dean of Christ College, Valparaiso University
Dr. Piehl is a scholar of American Catholicism who will spend his sabbatical year undertaking research on influential 20th century American Catholics. During his appointment, he will share with the Seattle University community his findings through a public lecture, lunches with faculty and the facilitation of a reading group.
As a Lutheran scholar studying American Catholicism, Dr. Piehl’s area of research makes him a valuable partner for the Seattle University community, especially as the institution moves toward strengthening the Catholic Studies Program, establishing the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and deepening the university’s engagement with ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.
Visiting Scholar Lecture: "Themes in American Catholic History (With an Eye toward Global Perspectives)," a reflection on of American Catholic intellectual and religious history, with a particular focus on how religious orders and Catholic social movements shaped American history and may shape other histories. Read more about Mel's events: 2013-14 Events.
Course offering for Spring 2014 term, "History of American Catholicism," an interpretive history of Catholics in the United States. Read more: Visiting Scholar Mel Piehl Discusses American Catholic History.
Reading group: Catholics in the American Century, Scott Appleby and Kathleen Sprows Cummings, eds. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012).