St. Francis of Assisi: His Impact, Then and Now

An Online Spiritual Formation Elective
Thursdays, Sept. 9 - Oct. 7, 2-5 PM ET

Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was not a Church Reformer, but he was a reformer of the Church. He held no high ecclesial office, but Church leaders of his day and ours alike continue to draw inspiration from his message. He wrote no sagacious theological treatises, but theologians down through the centuries have claimed to write in his spirit. He was not self-assuming, but the current pope chose to assume his name, and entitles some of his encyclicals from Francis's writings. Francis lived more than 800 years ago. Was he ahead of his time? He certainly seems to still be ahead of ours. Who was Francis of Assisi, what did he set into motion, and what does his message still call us to address today?

For more information and to register, visit the website.

Registration Fee: $275

Note: This course is an offering of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. It is open to all. It is also an elective in their Spiritual Formation Certificate Program.

Previous Events

24-Hour Eucharistic Adoration

Wednesday, Sept. 22 - Thursday, Sept. 23, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Duquesne Chapel of the Holy Spirit

This event has been organized by students working in partnership with Spiritan Campus Ministry.

Join in a day of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

If you are interested in praying with us, please sign up for an hour timeslot here.

John Henry Newman: Scholar, Sage, Saint

An Online Symposium from the National Institute for Newman Studies
20-22 September 2021

This conference is co-sponsored by Oriel College, the National Institute for Newman Studies, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University.

The canonization of John Henry Newman in October 2019 has increased public and academic interest in him. A controversial figure during his own lifetime, Newman's legacy remains contested by scholars. This conference will explore John Henry Newman as:

  • Scholar: Newman influenced the academic landscape during his lifetime through his time at Oriel, his academic foundations, and his published works.
  • Sage: Newman gained a reputation for providing reliable and wise advice early in his career-a reputation which he maintained after his reception into the Roman Church in 1845.
  • Saint: Newman studied the lives of the saints and recommended them as exemplars of Christian behavior. Newman's work and life invite discussion on the relationship between sanctity and saintliness.

For the latest information and registration details see:

A portrait of John Henry Newman in his later years comprises the bulk of the poster. The conference details described above are conveyed, along with a note that 30+ speakers will be featured from around the world.

Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffiliation in America

Friday, April 16, 2 - 3:30 PM (Zoom)

For every one convert to American Catholicism, there are roughly six cradle Catholics who now no longer identify as such. In all, around 16 million US ‘nones' say that they were raised Catholic. How did American Catholicism, so strong for so long, get to this point-and what does the future hold?

This event is cosponsored by the Departments of Catholic Studies and Sociology, and the National Institute for Newman Studies. It is free and open to the public.

Prof. Stephen Bullivant, PhD is Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion at St Mary's University Twickenham, UK, and Professorial Research Fellow in Theology and Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, Australia.

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Newman and the Limits of Dogma

A Lecture by Professor Eamon Duffy
Friday, March 19, 2021 (Rescheduled, Zoom)

Recording available:

Catholic Studies is a co-sponsor of this year's annual Newman Lecture hosted by the Collegium Institute. Their event description follows.

This year's Annual Newman Lecture, taking place just before Newman's birthday, will feature Professor Eamon Duffy of Cambridge University, renowned author of The Stripping of the Altars and other monographs as well as, most recently, John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History.

In his Apologia (1864), John Henry Newman emphasized his life-long commitment to the centrality of dogma to authentic Christianity. A fierce opponent of heresy while an Anglican, in the 1860s and 1870s the Catholic Newman dedicated much of his energy and considerable public prestige to combatting what he perceived as the inflationary and excessive dogmatism which threatened the intellectual and spiritual integrity of the Church under Pope Pius IX. In this talk, Professor Duffy considers the fundamental consistencies underlying the apparent contradictions in Newman's developing understanding of the relation between revealed truth and intellectual freedom.

Racial Equity and Religions

A panel discussion with George Yancy

Thursday, March 18 at 4:30 PM (Zoom)

Catholic Studies is a co-sponsor of this event being hosted by the Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue & the Duquesne University Interfaith Student Organization.

Keynote Speaker
George Yancy, Ph.D.
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy Emory University

Rona Kaufman Kitchen, J.D. (Judaism)
Will Adams, Ph.D. (Buddhism)
Jesse Washington (Bahá'í Faith)
Anna Floerke Scheid, Ph.D. (Christianity)
Sangeeta Chakravorty, M.D. (Hinduism)
Kamal Shlbei, Ph.D. (Islam)

For the latest information, visit the Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue.

Ressourcement and the Reception of Newman in Twentieth-Century Theology

Thursday, March 11 - Friday, March 12 (Zoom)

The Department of Catholic Studies is co-sponsoring this event being hosted by the National Institute for Newman Studies (NINS).

It can be argued that Newman was as influential in the twentieth century as he was in the nineteenth century. The Spring 2021 Newman Symposium will explore the reception of Newman's thought within the Ressourcement movement of the twentieth century. These lectures will delve into the particular ways in which Newman's writings influenced Louis Bouyer, Joseph Ratzinger, Yves Congar, and other figures associated with la nouvelle théologie. Attendees will gain a richer understanding of the reception history of Newman's theology around the time of the Second Vatican Council.

Thursday, March 11
7:00 PM - Mark McInroy, Keynote Lecture
7:45 PM - Q&A

Friday, March 12
2:00 PM - Mary McCaughey
2:45 PM - Andrew Meszaros
3:30 PM - Keith Lemna
4:30 PM - Finished

Gigabytes, Terabytes, and Petabytes, Oh My!

Big Data and Online Digital Archives

Dr. Daniel Michaels
Chief Technology Officer for the National Institute for Newman Studies
Scholar in Residence at Duquesne University

Monday, February 1 at 2 PM ET (Zoom)

A recording of this talk is now available.

This multimedia presentation will explore how technology is changing the way archivists store, retrieve, search, and share large digital archives, including real-world examples using the software and digital collections at the National Institute for Newman Studies. Participants will interact with high-resolution image-based archives, metadata, and transcriptions, and discover endless possibilities for document comparison, indexing, searching, interoperability, and large scale data visualization.