Learn teaching methods that enhance the dialogue between science and religion in Catholic education, challenging the notion that the two disciplines are in conflict.
Science teachers will learn how to engage the Catholic vision of creation and the human person while upholding the integrity and value of independent scientific investigation. Religion teachers will explore how science informs and enhances their appreciation of God's creation and action. Both will receive a deeper understanding of the task of Catholic education to create "a synthesis of culture and faith... reached by integrating all the different aspects of human knowledge... in the light of the Gospel" (Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, "The Catholic School," no. 34).
The Science & Religion Initiative offers summer seminars at the University of Notre Dame campus and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. During the academic year, the initiative hosts Institute Days at Catholic high schools across the nation to provide excellent in-service programming for teachers and administrators.
In most cases, school participation is by application or invitation only.
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (June 12-17, 2022)
Foundations Notre Dame features lectures by scientists, philosophers and theologians, collaborative discussions and implementation workshops, with special tracks in chemistry, physics/astronomy, biology, philosophy and theology. This seminar will be live streamed, so participating schools may choose online participation.
St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, St. Benedict, LA (June 19-24, 2022)
Foundations New Orleans offers lectures, hands-on scientific experiments, collaborative discussions and implementation workshops, designed for schools with STEM approaches to science education. Because of its laboratory component, Foundations New Orleans requires on-site participation.
Have questions about applying? Contact Heather Foucault-Camm, Program Director, Science and Religion Initiative.
I have been waiting for a way to incorporate my Catholic faith into the subject I teach, and this seminar is giving me the tools that I needed to do that.
There’s such a spirit of collaboration here that I think is so powerful. Both the materials and the structure of our days has just been above and beyond my expectations. I wish I could bring my entire faculty here