The Center for Catholic Studies was formally established in 2018 with the hiring of inaugural Beirne Director, Alicia Cordoba Tait. The Beirne Director is an endowed position, held by a tenure-track or tenured professor.
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. These Chairs engage questions important to Catholics and the Church through scholarly activity.
Chair in Catholic Philosophy
Held by a distinguished academic with a deep understanding of prominent Catholic thinkers, 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.
Marianist 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.
St. Mary’s University’s Center for Catholic StudiesAdvisory Board is composed of faculty, staff and administrators interested in and capable of supporting the Catholic Marianist mission and identity of the institution.