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“I shall do good; I shall do His work.” St. Newman

Department of Catholic Studies

About Catholic Studies

St. Thomas Catholic Studies is the oldest, largest program of its kind. With Catholic studies, you find deeper integration of your faith, academics and professional pursuits for a meaningful life and career.

Catholic intellectual exploration and career preparation – why not both?

The world and Church need well-formed, ethical professionals to serve the common good. Our students are up to the challenge. Our graduates are in Fortune 500 boardrooms, run parishes and so much more.

Explore 2,000 years of Catholic thought and culture. Forge lasting friendships through St. Thomas Catholic Studies community activities and residential opportunities. Tap into leadership programs through the Center for Catholic Studies. Expand your horizons with our Rome program. Discover how "Christ is all, and in all" (Col. 3:11) in the wisdom you seek, work you choose and actions you take.

Education for Every Level and Interest

Catholic studies is an integrated, interdisciplinary academic program for those who want to explore the things that matter most and, in the process, develop a more unified intellectual, spiritual and professional life.

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City of God

Join St. Thomas Catholic Studies professor and department chair, Dr. John Boyle, for a free live Zoom event on October 8, 2020 from 12 to 1 p.m.

The barbarian Goths sacked the city of Rome and the Roman Empire was staggering. Many blamed the Christians. St. Augustine’s response, 1000 pages written over thirteen years, was The City of God, a work defending and confirming the faith of his flock under attack in a crumbling Roman empire.

You may be thinking: Did that really require 1000 pages? Why should one even bother reading it? Because it shaped the Catholic way of thinking in the following centuries as much as any other work, short of Sacred Scripture. And, because it provides an opportunity for you as the reader to experience with Augustine the “glories” of the City of God.

Meeting His Gaze

Catholic Studies Rome Program

"Moses was staring at me as much as I was at him. And, while he was revealing himself, he was also revealing more of me to myself." - Aileen Shea '20

Meeting His Gaze
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Catholic Studies in the World

A Tangle of Mind and Mercy

Catholic studies alumni are navigating the complex relationship of American and international law in order to serve God and the human person.

A Tangle of Mind and Mercy
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Path to College for Latino High School Students

Serving the community

Habiger Institute's Verso L'Alto fosters faith and intellectual growth for Latino Catholic high school students and opens a path to a college degree.

Reaching Higher Heights
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Publications

Publications from St. Thomas Catholic Studies

New book provides a unifying perspective and clear historical understanding of Catholic Education as the lifeblood of Western culture.

Publications
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Outside the Classroom

As the founding program of the Catholic studies movement in Catholic higher education, our program is internationally-recognized for its unified approach to learning inside and outside of the classroom.

St. Thomas Center for Catholic Studies university building

Center for Catholic Studies

The Center for Catholic Studies explores 2,000 years of Catholic thought and culture with students, faculty and the public in an integrated learning environment.

Center for Catholic Studies
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Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership

The Habiger Institute offers a range of leadership programs that builds the fortitude required to be faithful, ethical leaders in a complex world.

Habiger Institute
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Telos Living and Learning

The Catholic Studies TELOS Living and Learning Communities are for all students who care about deep, lasting friendships and exploring the questions that matter most.

Living and Learning Communities

Faculty

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Dr. John Boyle

Professor and Chair of Catholic Studies

Dr. Boyle writes on Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More and published a lost work of Thomas Aquinas. A graduate of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the Aquinas Medal from the University of Dallas, and delivered the Aquinas Lecture at the National University of Ireland.
Dr. John Boyle
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Dr. Erika Kidd

Associate Professor and Director of Catholic Studies Graduate Program

Dr. Erika Kidd studied philosophy, Latin and great texts at Augustine College and Baylor University, and received her PhD in philosophy from Villanova University. She writes and speaks on St. Augustine and the Augustinian tradition. She is currently writing a book about how we can learn to hear the voice of God in our conversations with one another.
Dr. Erika Kidd
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Dr. Michael J. Naughton

Professor and Director of the Center for Catholic Studies

Dr. Naughton is author, co-author and co-editor of 10 books and over 50 articles. His next coauthored book is called What We Hold in Trust: Rediscovering the Purpose of Catholic Higher Education (due out November 2020, The Catholic University of America Press, coauthors Don Briel and Ken Goodpaster).
Dr. Michael J. Naughton

Contact Information

Have a question? We would love to hear from you.

Mailing Address

Department of Catholic Studies
Mail 55-S
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

Campus Location

Sitzmann Hall
Building address: 2055 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN
On the corner of Summit and Cleveland avenues