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.

2020: Faith and Politics — How Does Catholic Social Teaching Address the Issues of Today?

The 2020 Crossroads Symposium centered around Faith and Politics, focusing on the topics of voting, social injustice, systemic racism and COVID-19.

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2019: A Church in Crisis Moves to the Future

St. Mary’s inaugural Crossroads Symposium centered on the theme A Church in Crisis Moves to the Future, partnered with St. Mary’s MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture. As a Catholic and Marianist university, one of the roles of St. Mary’s Center for Catholic Studies is to lead conversations on difficult issues facing the Church, which is crucial so that we may be agents of change for healing and transformation.

The inaugural symposium offered exceptional speakers and panelists, many known across the nation, who addressed the crisis of sexual abuse in the clergy as well as other challenges in the Church. In addition, the symposium focused on opportunities that exist to re-engage Catholics in the Church, which is greatly needed.

Past Crossroads Symposia
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