The St. Mary’s University Center for Catholic Studies, under the leadership of the Beirne Director and Professor, facilitates intellectual discourse, and through various programs approaches the integration of knowledge by reflecting on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Catholic Social Teaching and the Marianist Educational Characteristics.

Catholic Chairs

The Catholic Chairs are endowed chair positions within the Center for Catholic Studies. Each chair is responsible for programming, scholarly work and teaching within their particular named area of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition or social teaching.

Chair in Catholic Philosophy: Held by a distinguished Catholic philosopher with a deep understanding of prominent Catholic thinkers, such as Bernard Lonergen, this chair hosts university-wide seminars and workshops to promote dialogue that integrates the interdisciplinary nature of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to enhance the Catholic dimension and identity of St. Mary’s.

Charles H. Miller Sr., M.D., Chair in Human Dignity: Named in honor of a physician and surgeon who was known in his community of Parsons, Kansas, for his strong Catholic faith and extensive public and community service, this Chair seeks to enhance the Catholic dimension and identity of St. Mary’s by promoting the study and understanding of the Catholicism and Marianist spirituality by promoting the interdisciplinary richness of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, particularly regarding universal human dignity and its application to medical ethics.

Chair in Catholic Education Leadership: Endowed by a significant gift from the Marianist Province of the United States, the Marianist Chair in Catholic Education Leadership is responsible for the development and supervision of a master’s degree in Catholic Education Leadership, intended to create future leaders in Catholic grade school and high school education in San Antonio and the Southwest.

Advisory Groups

The Center has three advisory groups – an advisory board, advisory committee and a student leadership committee. These groups provide advice, ideas and support for the Center in various capacities.


In addition to the director, Catholic chairs and advisory groups, the Center has an executive assistant and a graduate student assistant. These two staff members support the Center’s day-to-day operations and provide added research and program support.

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