Institute Day: Holy Cross School

Science and Faith: Renewing the Relationship

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019: New Orleans, LA

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross School invite teachers to a 1-day workshop where participants will gain valuable insights for teaching at the interface of science and religion.

Topics Covered

Stephen M. Barr, Ph.D., "Catholicism & Evolution." Dr. Barr will speak on the history and compatibility of science and religion, focusing on questions of evolution.  

Christopher T. Baglow, Ph.D., "Science and the Christian Faith: Understanding and Correcting Models of Conflict." Dr. Baglow will address and correct (mis)understandings of the relationship between science and faith.

Cory Hayes, Ph.D., "Galileo and the Church: Understanding the Conflict." Dr. Hayes will examine the trials of Galileo, the major players involved and the issues that were at play in his 1633 condemnation by the Inquisition for the sake of understanding the lessons it has for us today.

Rev. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C., "Enlivening Faith by a Rediscovery of God as Creator Through a Serene Attentiveness to Creation.” Rev. Terry will lead his audience in rediscovering God as Creator through a "serene attentiveness" to creation which enlivens our faith and enhances our vision to see our Christian identity as stewards of creation. 

Bobby Thomas, M. Ed., "What is Winning?" What does it mean to win? What does victory really look like? In this talk, a veteran coach will reflect on the art of inspiring greatness in young people, which is at the heart of every coaching experience, and the importance of athletics to a Catholic education.



Through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, Holy Cross School, and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, this Institute Day is FREE of charge for teachers who register by January 17, 2019. Late registration fee (January 18 or later): $25.

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Tuesday, January 22

8:30 AM Opening check-in  
9:00 AM Opportunity for Mass, Rev. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C., celebrant
9:30 AM Welcome & Introduction
9:45 AM Stephen Barr, Ph.D. - "Catholicism & Evolution"
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM

Breakouts - 
     Chris Baglow, Ph.D. - "Science and the Christian Faith"
     Cory Hayes, Ph.D. - "Galileo and the Church"
     Stephen Barr, Ph.D. - "Fearful Symmetries"
     Bobby Thomas - "What is Winning?"

12:00 PM Lunch
12:45 PM Rev. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C. - "Enlivening Faith"
1:45 PM Panel Q & A 
2:30 PM Evaluation
2:45 PM Blessing and Closing Prayer

Location - Directions

Holy Cross School, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122

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Stephen M. Barr, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, University of Delaware

Prof. Stephen Barr teaches physics and astronomy at the University of Delaware. In addition to his research, Dr. Stephen M. Barr has also written and lectured extensively on the relationship between science and religion. He was was awarded the Benemerenti Medal in 2007 for service to the Church and elected to the Academy of Catholic Theology in 2010. He is the founder and President of the Society of Catholic Scientists and the author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith (2003), A Student's Guide to Natural Science (2006) and The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion (2016).

Christopher T. Baglow, Ph.D.

Director of the Science and Religion Initiative
McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

Chris Baglow is Director of the Science and Religion Initiative of the McGrath Institute for Church Life of the University of Notre Dame. Since 2005 he has been a leader in the integration of faith and science in Catholic schools, including national week-long summer seminars for Catholic high school science and religion teachers such as the Steno Learning Program in Science and Religion (2011-2014) and Foundations New Orleans. Baglow is the author of the high-school religion textbook Faith, Science and Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge (Midwest Theological Forum, 2010; 2nd edition in progress).

Cory Hayes, Ph.D.

St. Joseph Seminary College, Covington, LA

Prof. Cory Hayes is a professor of Philosophy and Theology at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA.  He holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He has also pursued studies at the Gregorian and Angelicum universities in Rome, Italy.  He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 16 years, and they have 7 children whom they homeschool.


His research and teaching interests include Byzantine and Eastern Christian theology, philosophy of nature, and the relation between theology, philosophy, and empirical science.  He is a facilitator at  Foundations New Orleans, a week-long seminar program for Catholic science and theology teachers sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

Rev. Terrance Ehrman, C.S.C.

University of Notre Dame

Rev. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C. is a Holy Cross priest and the assistant director for life sciences research and outreach of the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a Concurrent Assistant Professional Specialist in the Department of Theology. His research interests include theological anthropology, the theology of creation, and the relationship between science and faith. He teaches Science, Theology, and Creation and Theology and Ecology. His biological publications include articles on organic matter budgets and particle transport in streams, and his interdisciplinary articles have been on evolution and providence and on ecological conversion. He has a B.S. in biology from Notre Dame, M.S. in aquatic ecology from Virginia Tech, M.Div. from Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America.

Bobby Thomas, M. Ed. 

St. Peter Catholic School, Covington, LA

Bobby Thomas, M. Ed. has been a Catholic educator and a coach for over 40 years. His successful Track & Field Career includes three Division I universities (LSU, SLU, UNO) and Catholic high schools including Rummel, St. Scholastica and St. Paul's, where his teams garnered two State Championships and four State Runner-up titles. In 1989 he began teaching 8-12 Religion, and has also taught AP Psychology and served as a Campus Minister and as a Catholic elementary school Principal.  He is currently School Counselor at St. Peter's in Covington.