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Journal of Catholic Higher Education

The only international journal dedicated to contemporary Catholic higher education



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New Issue: Volume 40, Number 1

Supported by a grant from the Lilly Fellows Network, Sacred Heart University, in collaboration with Seton Hall University, offered a conference in October 2020 titled, The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Challenges and Opportunities for the Catholic University in the 21st Century. The papers presented there are being featured in two volumes of The Journal of Catholic Higher Education. The papers in this issue constitute part one of what is a full representation of the conference.


In this issue:

Engaging the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Across the Disciplines: The Importance of Catholicity in Our Current Moment

Gregory Kalscheur, SJ, J.D.

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition should animate the academic life and educational mission of Catholic colleges and universities. A clearer focus on the catholicity of the tradition — its aspiration to wholeness — will help us better understand what it means to engage the tradition in the heart of the institution’s academic mission.


Treasure in Earthen Vessels:  Bringing a New Generation into the Catholic Intellectual Life

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM

Imparting the rich heritage of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to students begins with first inviting them on a journey into the world of ideas – but how can educators effectively coax students to embark on such a voyage?  Working from the understanding that students arrive on campus curious and questioning, the author suggests a number of tactics to offer a thorough and integrated approach for success. 


The Practices of Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Bernard Brady, Ph.D.

In this paper, the author focuses on one aspect of Catholic Intellectual Tradition, namely, how it manifests in practice. Focusing on five such practices — responsiveness to other traditions within Catholicism, recognition of wisdom and truth that may be found in other cultures, the search for understanding of relationships within reality, promotion of personal transformation in the service of the common good, and the centrality of reflection and contemplation — he argues that Catholic colleges and universities ought to nurture and reflect these practices throughout the whole of their work


Scattering the Stars: Personalist Pedagogy and Catholic Higher Education

Jon Sozek, Ph.D.

This essay explores Jacques Maritain’s philosophy of education as a means to better understand Pope Francis's recent promotion of a “Global Compact on Education,” and in particular Francis’s commitment “to make human persons in their value and dignity the center of every educational program.” 


Making the Abstract Concrete: Teaching the Catholic Social Tradition through Community Service-Learning

Peter E. Baltutis, Ph.D.

This article offers a model of how to construct a course that makes the abstract principles of the Catholic social tradition more concrete through community-service learning (CSL). Primary source readings from scripture, the Apostolic Fathers, Thomas Aquinas, and the major documents of Catholic social thought provide the academic theory of the course. 


Friendship as Wonder Therapy: The Option for the Poor and the Education of Desire in Catholic Higher Education

Timothy Hanchin

President of the University of Notre Dame, John Jenkins, CSC, argues that Catholic colleges and universities can make a distinct contribution to higher education by providing a rich alternative to the commodification of education — a frequently cited problem of the current age. Reducing education to its commercial ends, the author argues, stifles wonder by restraining the search for the whole that is the catholicity at the heart of Catholic education.


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