Faith and Reason Day: McGill-Toolen Catholic High School

Science, Humanities and Faith at the Crossroads of Human Dignity


The Science and Religion Initiative of the McGrath Institute for Church Life and McGill-Toolen Catholic High School invite teachers to a 1-day workshop on October 17, 2022. Participants in this workshop will gain valuable insights for teaching at the intersection of science and religion and a new perspective on Catholic academic integration. The workshop will also highlight 3 subjects of current interest to educators and students: Race, Sex and Gender, and Media and Mental Health. Certificates for seven hours of professional development will be awarded to all participating teachers.



Through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, this Faith and Reason Day is free for teachers.



For questions or concerns, please email


Monday, October 17

7:15 a.m. Mass
8:00 a.m. Prayer and Introduction of the Day
8:15 a.m. Baglow: Evolution and the Soul
9:00 a.m. Break
9:15 a.m.

Interdisciplinary Breakouts: Round 1
Sex/Gender: Paul Hruz/Favale
Race: Kuebler/Shaw

10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.

Interdisciplinary Breakouts: Round 2
Sex/Gender: Hruz/Favale
Race: Kuebler/Shaw

12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m.

Interdisciplinary Plenary
Media and Mental Health: Robinson/Hlabse

1:45 p.m. Break
2:00-3:00 p.m.

Subject Breakouts
History: Christopher Kellerman, S.J., The Catholic Church and Slavery
Athletics: Sheri André Polaniecki, The Four Hearts of a Sportsman: St. John Paul II and Sport
Religion: Joshua McManaway, Science and the Biblical Creation Accounts
Science/Literature: Heather Foucault-Camm, PGCE, MSc, Henrietta Lacks
Social Studies: Can or Should? Two Understandings of Rights

3:00-3:15 p.m. Evaluation and Dismissal

Location - Directions

McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, 1501 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL, 36604

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Chris Baglow, P.h.D., is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and the Director of the Science and Religion Initiative of the McGrath Institute for Church Life, where he creates and directs programming that assists Catholic leaders in bringing the Catholic faith and modern science into dialogue for the sake of the New Evangelization.  He has led programs of academic integration at two Catholic high schools, including the STREAM™ Program at St. Mary's Dominican H.S. in New Orleans, LA. In 2011-2014 Baglow directed the Templeton-funded Steno Learning Program in Faith and Science for Catholic Secondary Educators (SLP), a week-long seminar experience for Catholic science and religion teachers. Baglow is the author of Faith, Science and Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd ed. (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019). Professor Baglow is a member of the executive board of the Society of Catholic Scientists and serves as chair of its Theological Advisory Board.

Abigail Favale P.h.D., Abigail Favale, Ph.D., is a writer and professor in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. A Catholic convert with an academic background in gender studies, Abigail writes and speaks regularly on topics related to women and gender from a Catholic perspective.

Abigail's memoir, Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion, traces her journey from evangelicalism to postmodern feminism to Catholicism. Her latest book is The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory, released in June by Ignatius Press. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Church Life, Public Discourse, The Atlantic, and various academic and literary journals.  

Heather Foucault-Camm, PGCE, MSc, is the Program Director for the Science and Religion Initiative at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, where she develops the pedagogical components of SRI programming, delivers presentations on content, and coordinates program events. A veteran science teacher and curriculum expert, she has a BSc and MSc in the field of Chemistry (specializing in Physical Chemistry), a PGCE, has completed the program for the National Certificate in Health Care Ethics from the NCBC, and is working towards an MA in Theology (Moral Theology) at the University of Notre Dame. Heather has created and implemented a high school course with a two-part focus on the Church’s historic relationship with science and bioethics as a practical contemporary example of this relationship. Heather wants to motivate teachers and students to consider how an authentic vision of the relationship between science and religion complements scientific progress aimed at truly improving the human condition. 

Cory Hayes, P.h.D., 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. His research and teaching interests include: Byzantine and Eastern Christian theology, Philosophy of Nature, and the relation between Catholic theology, philosophy, and empirical science.  He and his wife Jennifer reside in Covington and they have 8 children.

Elizabeth Hlabse LMHCA, is program director for the Fiat Program on Faith and Mental Health at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, Beth leads the Institute’s efforts to generate pastoral research, education, and formation opportunities on mental health and the Catholic tradition. A mental health counselor, Beth has provided therapeutic care for adolescents and adults with histories of trauma and adverse child experiences. Her therapeutic approach is integrative, attending to neural-developmental influences and the intersection of spirituality and psychology. Beth obtained her masters in clinical mental health counseling from Divine Mercy University and completed postgraduate studies in Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford (UK). She holds a BA in Theology and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Beth and her husband, Pete, treasure their community in South Bend, IN and delight in visits back to the great outdoors of Beth’s Wyoming hometown.

Dr. Paul Hruz, M.D., Ph.D. - Paul is an academic pediatric endocrinologist (hormone specialist) and tenured physician scientist with faculty appointments in both Pediatrics and Cellular Biology and Physiology. Dr. Hruz has over 20 years of clinical experience in caring for children with disorders of sexual development. He has received certification in Healthcare Ethics and is a regular contributor to his University's course on Research Ethics for graduate students. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters. Together with his wife Anne, he has raised his five children in St Louis

Christopher J. Kellerman, SJ, is a Jesuit priest originally from Arlington, TX. He studied at Texas Tech University, the University of Dallas, and Regis College at the University of Toronto. He taught at a Jesuit high school in Colorado for three years, and he recently served as visiting fellow and interim director at the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans. Currently, he works in the Office of Justice and Ecology of the U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Chris is the author of All Oppression Shall Cease: A History of Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Catholic Church (Orbis, November 2022).

Daniel Kuebler, P.h.D., is a Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio where he teaches courses on evolution, cell physiology, and neurobiology, as well as maintaining an undergraduate research laboratory that investigates seizure disorders. He is the co-author of The Evolution Controversy: A Survey of Competing Theories (Baker Academic, 2007), a resource for cutting through the competing agendas to gain an unbiased understanding of the scientific issues involved in the debate surrounding evolution.

Joshua McManaway, P.h.D., works primarily on developing curriculum for STEP courses. In addition to this, he teaches in the Theology program at Holy Cross College. Josh is from Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University with a B.A. in Classics and Religion. He holds an M.A. in Early Christian Studies and a Ph.D in the History of Christianity from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation, titled, “Nestorius Latinus: The Latin Reception and Critique of Nestorius of Constantinople” explores how Latin theologians from the 5th to 8th centuries understood and critiqued Nestorius. His research focuses principally on early and Medieval Christianity.

André Polaniecki, P.h.D., is an adjunct instructor and academic advisor at Holy Cross College.  For the past several years, she has taught “Theology and Sports” in the Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute at Holy Cross.  André also oversees compliance responsibilities for Holy Cross’s varsity sports as the faculty athletics representative.  The Louisiana native was a student-athlete at Notre Dame and a high school religion teacher while living in New Orleans.  She has a Master of Religious Education and recently defended her Leadership dissertation “The Sportsman’s Pope:  John Paul II’s Writings on Sport.”  André and her husband Andrew (who is the Dean of Students at Holy Cross College) reside in South Bend with their five children (Gabriel, David, Leo, Agnes and Matthew).

Brett Robinson, P.h.D., is director of communications and Catholic media studies at the McGrath Institute for Church Life. In his role, he oversees outreach efforts for the institute while conducting research at the intersection of religion, technology and culture. Brett studied marketing and English at the University of Notre Dame and received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. He has taught media studies courses at Duquesne University, the University of Georgia, Saint Vincent College and Notre Dame. Brett is the author of Appletopia: Media Technology and the Religious Imagination of Steve Jobs and his essays and commentary on technology and culture have been featured in Wired Magazine, CNN, the LA Times and Catholic News Service.

Chenele Shaw works for the Diocese of Orlando as the Director of Youth Ministry, hosts a podcast for Ave Maria Press, and co-directs The Before Gethsemane Initiative which works to educate against racism and xenophobia from an authentically Catholic perspective. She is a graduate of Ave Maria University and hopes to bring the merciful love of Christ to those she meets.