The Center hosts and co-hosts program that engage in presentations and research, conversations and dialogue around issues important to the Church and people of faith.

Dedicated to providing the University and local community, and in serve to the Church, these programs focus on the social issues and reflect the cultural faith practice of Southwest regional Catholic traditions. Key elements of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Catholic Social Teachings, and the Characteristics of a Marianist University are reflected upon within all of the Center’s programs and events. 


Blue and Gold Go Green

Reflecting the importance of the care for creation, Blue And Gold Go Green brings together St. Mary’s faculty and students in discussions on discipline-specific issues and actions regarding sustainability issues, local, nationally and globally.


Conference on Justice and Social Concerns

The Conference on Justice and Social Concerns provides our campus community with the opportunity to engage with issues of social justice, faith, and personal and communal responsibility to the common good. In this two-day conference, experts in both academic and practical realms will come together to lead our campus in dialogue around issues challenging our community locally and globally.


Crossroads Symposium

St. Mary’s University’s Crossroads Symposium is a free, annual lecture series featuring men and women who have shaped the Catholic Intellectual Tradition — a tradition at the heart of the educational enterprises at St. Mary’s.

Speakers from various faith traditions are invited to speak to the University and San Antonio communities about such topics as Catholicism in a changing world, religion in a pluralistic society, and faith in areas such as art and science.

The symposium is one of the cornerstones of the recently established Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s, which is a result of the University’s Defining Moment Comprehensive Campaign.


Engaging the Mission Conversations

Engaging the Mission Conversations are monthly discussions hosted by the Center for Catholic Studies during which specific mission-related topics will be presented. Each session reflects upon a different characteristic of a Marianist university with faculty who engage the topic and have successfully connected it to pillars of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.


Escobedo Saint John’s Bible Lecture Series

Attendees view the Saint John's Bible at the Escobedo Saint John's Bible Lecture Series

Thanks to a generous gift from former Board of Trustees Chairman Ruben Escobedo, a 1960 graduate of St. Mary’s, and his wife Veronica Salazar Escobedo, the Escobedo Saint John’s Bible Lecture Series was created and allows St. Mary’s University to share the remarkable illuminated pages with members of the St. Mary’s community, and faith communities from across Texas and the nation.

Each year, through the Lecture Series, outstanding biblical scholars are invited to campus for a public presentation at St. Mary’s and at Holy Rosary Catholic Church adjacent to the campus. These presentations take advantage of and enhance our interdisciplinary campus and community learning, while connecting our students and community to the Saint John’s Bible currently on campus.

They are also inclusive in nature, often reflecting on God’s revelation in dialogue between Catholic Christian scholarship and scripture of other traditions.

The Escobedo lectures are often part of a larger program in collaboration with academic departments and student life programs, such as University Ministry and Community Engagement, pairing scholarly presentations of the Bible with other creative, intellectual, and spiritual endeavors.


The Lin Lecture Great Speaker Series

Carolyn Woo speaks at the Lin Great Speakers Lecture Series

The Lin Great Speakers Series is presented to the public as a community service. The lectures are made possible by an endowment established in memory of Shu-Chi Lin by his widow, Mrs. Chang Le-Chiao Lin, and their son, Vincent Lin, Ph.D., a St. Mary’s alumnus and former faculty member.

Each year, the Lin Great Speakers Series lecture is preceded by the Conference on Justice and Social Concerns, during which the campus community explores important social and justice issues affecting society.


The MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series

St. Mary’s University welcomes you to a free, annual lectures series featuring men and women who have shaped the Catholic Intellectual Tradition – a tradition at the heart of the educational enterprises at St. Mary’s.

Glenn MacTaggart (J.D. ’79, M.A. ’89), longtime attorney and counsel with Prichard Hawkins Young LLP, and his wife, Karla MacTaggart, gave a major gift to St. Mary’s to create the MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series Endowment. The gift allows for the recruitment of speakers from various faith traditions to speak to the University and San Antonio communities about such topics as Catholicism in a changing world, religion in a pluralistic society, and faith in areas such as art and science. The lecture series will be one of the cornerstones of a Center for Catholic Studies that St. Mary’s is in the process of establishing, which is a result of the University’s Defining Moment Comprehensive Campaign.


New Faculty Mentor for Mission Program

The New Faculty Mentor for Mission Program helps the University more fully inform new faculty members about the institution’s Catholic Marianist mission. The program aims to welcome and provide collegial support for our new faculty while helping them build a foundational understanding of Catholic and Marianist thought processes, and explore the impact of Catholic and Marianist values and spirituality on teaching.

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