Academic & Pastoral

Scholars and pastoral leaders occasionally convene on the Notre Dame campus to discuss pressing issues in the Church today. The conferences aim to integrate theological insight with pastoral practice to further the work of leaders in universities, dioceses, parishes, and schools.

Called & Co-Responsible: Summer Seminars for Church Life Renewal

Weekly series of digital seminars aimed at empowering pastoral leaders and scholars for the work of renewing the Church

Called & Co-Responsible: Exploring Co-Responsibility for the Mission of the Church

Exploring co-responsibility for the mission the Church

Science & Religion Faith and Reason Days

Collaborate with teachers and administrators in your diocese, school or area to create curricula

The Body and Beyond Series

From a Catholic perspective, human sexuality is understood as being more than biology and reproduction. When considered in its fullness, human sexuality communicates both God’s love and plan for the human person. 

Gilligan’s Archipelago: Justice and Mercy in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul

The study of moral choice, character, and identity in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” was unprecedented in TV drama. Many experienced the two TV series as a journey through Dante's underworld, and even through his Purgatorio. This conference discusses the moral and spiritual imagination of the shows' creator and head writer George Vincent Gilligan, Jr.

Conversations That Matter | Mental Health and the Church

Join the McGrath Institute for important conversations about the Church's response to today's mental health crisis.

The Only Solution is Love: The Eucharist and Catholic Social Teaching

In keeping with teaching that “the Eucharist commits us to the poor," these lectures show that the pursuit of justice is the fruit of Eucharistic action in overcoming indifference to and alleviating the suffering of the poor and marginalized.

Conversations That Matter: The Eucharist and Catholic Social Teaching

Our speakers will explore this intrinsic connection between the Eucharist and Catholic Social Teaching, especially as it concerns the poor.

2024 - 2025 Organs and Origins Conference Series

How might interdisciplinary dialogue between biology, engineering, philosophy and theology frame and strengthen the latest insights into the nature of life?