Science, Creation, & the Catholic Imagination

February 23rd, 2019

Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, the Archdiocese of Chicago Vocation Office, Relevant Radio, St. Ignatius College Prep, the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, Fenwick High School, and the Theology Club. This program was made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

CLICK HERE to view the video recordings on the Lumen Christi website

Have you ever wondered if science and religion can co-exist? Or whether it is rational (or irrational) to believe in God? How can the story of Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis be reconciled with the Big Bang? Or with evolution? What does The Lord of the Rings have to do with Jesus? And what exactly is hillbilly thomism?

The intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church has been asking (and answering!) questions of this kind for two thousand years.

A day-long conference for high school students to provide an introduction to the Catholic vision of intellectual life and culture. Students listened to lectures by expert scholars, participated in break-out group discussions, met and socialized with other high school students, and attended mass.


9 – 9:45 | Registration and Breakfast in Swift Common Room

9:45 – 10 | Opening Prayer

10 – 11 | Session 1: Lecture on Faith and Reason with Prof. Meghan Sullivan

11 – 11:15 | Break

11:15 – 12:15 | Session 2: Lecture on Cosmology and Creation with Fr. John Kartje

12:30 – 1:15 | Lunchtime discussion session

1:30 – 2:30 | Session 3: Lecture on the Catholic Imagination with Prof. Michael Murphy

2:45 – 3:15 | Scavenger Hunt*

3:15 – 4:15 | Afternoon discussion session

4:30 – 5:30 | Mass in Bond Chapel (this anticipatory mass fulfills the Sunday obligation)

5:30 – 6:30 | OPTIONAL closing reception

See a few photos from the conference below:

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