About the Beirne Director

The Center for Catholic Studies was formally established in 2018 with the hiring of the inaugural Beirne Director, Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A. The Beirne Director is an endowed position, held by a tenure-track or tenured professor.

Coming to St. Mary’s with a strong record of scholarly engagement and academic contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition, especially in the interaction between the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and other academic disciplines, as Beirne Director, Tait leads the Center in developing campus cross-curricular conversations and programs, as well as scholarly activities and publications about the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

In collaboration with faculty, staff and administrators, Tait promotes the study of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the greater community through external programming. This endowed position ensures that the Catholic intellectual tradition, in its study, curricular integration and co-curricular engagement, remains a priority to the mission at St. Mary’s.

  • A Message from the Director

    It is now more important than ever to embrace our heritage and what it means to be a Catholic, Marianist university. With the fear of the pandemic and its repercussions to our health and everyday life and the onset of racial tension and social injustices, it is important the remember to follow the ways of Jesus Christ, to increase in humility, charity and virtue. In solidarity with the marginalized, through the lens of our Catholic, Marianist mission, we can all make the world a better place — one that is good and fair for everyone. We can project the goodness from within to others, living justice that leads to peace. 

    As a family of faith, we cannot turn a blind eye to public (or private) injustices. That is why the Center for Catholic Studies, congruent with an institution-wide initiative, will focus the 2020-2021 programs on racial justice, public health issues and other forms of inequity coming to the fore. In a year where the vote can bring about systemic change, the Center will facilitate conversations about how we can sow the seeds of goodness demonstrated through mutual respect and understanding. 

    May you be blessed with God’s grace to seek, learn and act for social justice and the common good.

    I pray that you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.  

    Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A.
    Inaugural Beirne Director, Center for Catholic Studies, St. Mary’s University

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