The Role of The Catholic University in the 21st Century

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St. Mary's University

McGivney Hall- M100

14500 Banniser Road S.E.

Calgary, AB T2X 1Z4

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2021-22 Catholic Women's League Annual Lecture in Catholic Studies at St. Mary's University

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The core of a Catholic University is its intellectual and faith life. However, Catholic colleges and universities in the 21st century face vexing challenges: a growing secularism and careerism among students, an increasing number of students who no longer have a religious affiliation (so-called “none's”), a “hyper-specialization” among faculty, an epistemology of relativism within disciplinary thought, and a diminishing focus on Mission and Catholic Identity. Faced with these challenges, Catholic colleges and universities wrestle with the question of how to maintain a robust and distinct Catholic identity that will prevail across the institution.

This panel discussion will discuss the purpose of a Catholic university and how it is distinct from secular/non-Catholic institutions. It will also explore how the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (characterized by rigorous intellectual inquiry and with rich roots in the past) can serve as a creative guide for transforming Catholic higher education in the 21st century.

Panelists will include:

• Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, CM (President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities). Prominent in the field of Catholic higher education, Fr. Holtschneider previously served as president of DePaul University in Chicago (the largest Catholic university in the United States), from 2004 to 2017. A frequent speaker, consultant, and writer on issues facing colleges and universities, he has served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, and the ACCU, which he chaired from 2010 to 2012. He currently chairs the Niagara University Board of Trustees and the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.

For more information, visit: https://www.accunet.org/president

• Dr. Michael W. Higgins (Principal of St. Mark’s College and President of Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia in Vancouver). An experienced academic leader, celebrated author and lecturer, Dr. Higgins previously was the Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, President and Vice-Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo and St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In addition to being a prolific scholar, Dr. Higgins is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail, Commonweal, The Tablet, and the Literary Review of Canada, and he is a frequent commentator for both the CBC and CTV networks.

For more information, visit: https://corpuschristi.ca/cc-news/dr-michael-w-higgins-new-interim-president-and-vice-chancellor/

• Dr. Norman Knowles (Professor of History, St. Mary’s University). One of the original full-time faculty hired at St. Mary's University, Dr. Knowles is widely recognized as one of the leading scholars of Canada's cultural and religious history. Among his many published books and essays is Winds of Change: A History of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary since 1968.

For more information, visit: https://stmu.ca/dr-norman-knowles/

Dr. Peter Baltutis (Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies and the Catholic Women's League Chair for Catholic Studies at St. Mary's University) will host evening and serve as moderator. https://stmu.ca/dr-peter-baltutis/

**Important Disclaimer**

Attendees must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID 19 or a privately-sourced negative rapid test result administered within 72 hours of the event.

Campus community members who cannot establish that they are fully vaccinated or who have not obtained a valid medical exemption before November 1 will NOT be permitted on our campus, unless they provide proof of a privately – sourced negative rapid test results that has been administered 72-hours before visiting campus.

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St. Mary's University

McGivney Hall- M100

14500 Banniser Road S.E.

Calgary, AB T2X 1Z4

Canada

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Organizer of The Role of The Catholic University in the 21st Century

St. Mary’s University is an independent Catholic liberal arts university located on a historic site in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Our students are inspired to combine academics with a passionate commitment to ethics, social justice and respect for diversity of opinion and belief.

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