Saint Mary’s to Hold Symposium on Future of Catholic Higher Education

What: The Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action at Saint Mary’s College of California is sponsoring a symposium on the future of Catholic higher education. The symposium "Catholic Higher Education," features Bishop Marcelo Sanchez-Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. An authoritative voice in Catholic higher education, and the symposium’s keynote speaker, Sanchez-Sorondo directs the Vatican office that promotes the study of the social, economic, political and juridical sciences, informs development of Catholic social doctrine and reflects on the influence of Church doctrine in contemporary society.

The Saint Mary’s symposium features a panel of internationally known Catholic higher education leaders and theologians who will discuss some of the most pressing questions before Catholic colleges and universities across the nation. The distinguished panel members include James Donahue, president of the Graduate Theological Union; Judith Maxwell Greig, president of Notre Dame de Namur University, William J. Hynes, president of Holy Names University; Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., president of the University of San Francisco and Sister Mary Peter Traviss, O.P., associate professor of education, emeritus, Catholic Educational Leadership Department, University of San Francisco.

Saint Mary’s History Professor Brother Charles Hilken, director of the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute, will moderate the panel and will take questions from audience members during a Q&A session.

When: 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Where: Soda Center, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA 94556

Saint Mary’s will also honor Sanchez-Sorondo as the College's 2012 Montini Fellow in Catholic Higher Education. The fellowship, awarded by the Cummins Institute, recognizes those who have contributed significantly to Catholic higher education in its role to evangelize and to promote the Catholic intellectual tradition. Established in 2003, the institute is named for Bishop John S. Cummins, who served the Diocese of Oakland for more than 25 years.

In the evening of October 24, Bishop Sanchez-Sorondo will offer the lecture “Entelecheia: Education as the development into one's true self or in one's perfection," which is based on an idea first presented by the philosopher Aristotle in his studies on the soul.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Where: Soda Center, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA 94556

The forum on Catholic higher education is part of a series of Great(est) Conversation(s) held in celebration of Saint Mary's sesquicentennial year. The series takes its name from “The Great Conversation,” a name for the Saint Mary’s Collegiate Seminar program, a hallmark of the College’s curriculum in which students read and discuss the great books of the world. For more information about the symposium on Catholic higher education or the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action, contact Sally Jamison at 925-631-4406 or by email at


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