Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

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Faculty Opportunities Sponsored by the CCTC

One of the aims of the CCTC is to provide faculty with opportunities and support for development and to help encourage the creation of quality courses that expose students to the Catholic intellectual and cultural traditions in a dialogical fashion. Some examples of past opportunities facilitated by the CCTC are listed below:


A summer seminar to provide faculty from diverse backgrounds, faiths, and disciplines an opportunity to explore the Catholic intellectual tradition and to discuss the sources and implications of a Christian academic vocation. One faculty member was chosen from USD to attend the colloquy on June 4-11, 2010 at the University of Portland in Oregon. Transportation and program costs were covered by the CCTC. For further information visit the Collegium web site at

Substantially Catholic

A summer seminar to assist faculty in integrating the Catholic intellectual tradition into their teaching repertoires. English literature and Politics/Law were the featured disciplines for the 2010 SUBSTANTIALLY CATHOLIC seminar. Participation was open to all faculty members seeking to enhance their knowledge of Catholic content and approaches in any of these fields. Two faculty members were chosen to attend the 2010 program, which took place June 13-17, 2010 at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Transportation and program costs were covered by the CCTC. For more information, go to the Substantially Catholic web site at

Los Angeles Religious Education Conference

The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim Convention Center and is sponsored by the Office of Religious Education, a department of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Begun in 1968 as an "institute," Congress still keeps the same focus — to teach more about the Catholic faith as well as to advance personal growth. Today the event is open to people of all vocations and different faiths.

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