Features Archive

  • Center offers New Programs

    Happy New Year, 2013! The Hank Center has a number of events this coming semester and I hope you will peruse our newsletter to learn more about them. Besides our established colloquia, luncheons, films, and lectures, I would like to tell you about a couple of new programs.
  • Catholicism in Dialogue Series

    On Pilgrimage: Journeys with Judah Halevi, St. Ignatius Loyola, and Malcolm X Thursday, October 17, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Lecture by Rev.Patrick J. Ryan, S. J., Laurence J.McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University.
  • Faith in Focus Film Series: Household Saints

    Faith in Focus Film Series: Household Saints - Director Nancy Savoca will facilitate a discussion with students at the conclusion of the film - 18 November 2012 - 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • The Leaven of the World: Serving the Poor is Neither the Air in the Balloon nor the Cherry on the Sundae

    Publication Luncheon with Hon. Thomas More Donnelly, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County from 11:30am-12:45pm in Cuneo Hall, Room 425, LSC. By invitation or faculty request.
  • Fall 2013 Faculty Reading Group

    We would like to invite you to join the Faculty Reading Group. The Fall semester reading group is dedicated to the critically acclaimed American writer Anthony Ardizzone. He is a Chicago native, well acquainted with the city's ethnic neighborhoods, and is the author of eight books of fiction. The reading selection is Ardizzone’s novel In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu.
  • Lunch with LUMA: The History of the Reformation in Six Cups

    With the acquisition this summer of a late sixteenth-century silver Anglican communion cup, the university’s Martin D’Arcy, S.J. Collection can now tell the story of the Reformation through six cups...
  • Faith in Focus Film Series

    Screening of La Mia Strada, a feature long documentary that offers a personal perspective on ethnicity and culture as it links ancient and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian-American counterpart. Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Spirituality in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

    Informal discussion with Dr. Michael P. Murphy, Director of Catholic Studies Program, LUC, of his essay Hanging (onto) Words: Language, Religion, and Spirituality in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. The essay was published in the 2012 book Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood.
  • The Cardinal Newman Lecture

    The (re-) Discovery of Catholic Social Theory in Understanding Trauma Violence, and the Human Rights of Children. Inaugural lecture by Dr. James Garbarino, the Maude C. Clark Chair in Humanistic Psychology at Loyola University
  • New Program: Lunch with LUMA

    This semester The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, in collaboration with Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), introduced a new luncheon program called Lunch with Luma. These informal conversations with LUMA staff provide an opportunity for the Lake Shore Campus faculty to learn more about museum programs, collections, recent acquisitions, and notable events at LUMA. CCIH provides space and lunch. Please contact us for more information. The first meeting took place on January 25, and was dedicated to Mexican Devotional Paintings the Retablos.
  • Jesuits and Sports: Historical Perspectives and Resources for our Times

    On January 31, the Hank Center will host a lecture by Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J., Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University. In his book Catholic Perspective on Sports Fr. Kelly, S.J. provides a historic overview of the changing Catholic views towards sports, broadens traditional understanding of the interconnectedness between spirituality and athletics, and explains why this topic has been neglected by scholars. The author offers new insights on the contributions of Catholic thought and its relevance to sports today.
  • Faith in Focus Film Series, Screening of the Way

    Wednesday, February 27 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Information Commons, 4th floor | Shot on St. James' Way, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes, with the cooperation of local and Church authorities, The Way marks a movie milestone.
  • Habemus Papam: Abdication, Conclave, and the Chair of St.Peter

    A panel discussion exploring the history of the papacy, the unexpected Pope Benedict’s XVI decision to step down as the leader of the Catholic Church, and challenges ahead. | February 26, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
  • Renowned soprano Delia Surratt will come to Loyola

    Delia Surratt, professor of Vocal Technique at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center and an acclaimed international vocal artist, will be offering a free lecture and concert series. She is the first guest of a new program Catholicism and the Art Series, which is designed to promote cultural porductions, both classical and contemporary, that illuminate the rich heritage of art in Catholic culture.
  • Greetings Friends,

    As I sit down to reflect on all the events going on at the Hank Center this month, I am mesmerized by the snow flurries outside my office window. February brings us Lent as well, this sober time of prayer of the Church.
  • Pacem in Terris and the Professional Life

    | April 3, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. |Lewis Towers, Beane Hall | Water Tower Campus This panel discussion will focus on the papal encyclical Pacem in terries, issued by Pope John XXIII in 1963. It was the first encyclical addressed not only to the Catholic faithful but also to all people of good will.
  • Conference Dedicated to the Pacem in Terris Anniversary

    Join us in honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) Encyclical by attending this working conference on building peace in Chicago and beyond on Saturday March 23rd from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
  • New Lecture Series

    On February 12, Dr. James Garbarino presented CCIH’s first Cardinal Newman Lecture. Dr. Garbarino, the Maude C. Clarke Chair of Humanistic Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, recounted his intellectual rediscovery of Catholic Social Thought within the context of his own work on the human rights of children. Video of the lecture: The (re-)Discovery of Catholic Social Theory in Understanding Trauma, Violence, and the Human Rights of Children.
  • Fr. Bosco, S.J. Interview to ABC 7 News

    Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio election as Pope Francis came as a surprise to many and especially to the Jesuits. The Hank Center Director Dr. Mark Bosco, S.J. shared his opinion and insights to the local ABC 7 News channel. Follow the link to see the interview.
  • Music of the Jesuit Missions

    The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage presents a research colloquium: Music of the Jesuit Missions. This colloquium will explore the history, traditions, and efforts to restore and re-introduce the colonial music of Latin America.
  • Music of the Jesuit Missions I

    On April 10 Chicago based chamber music chorus Bella Voce and Chicago Arts Orchestra performed American Colonial Music at Madonna della Strada Chapel. The concert was part of a day long research colloquium: Music of the Jesuit Missions. This colloquium explored the history, traditions, and efforts to restore and re-introduce the colonial music of Latin America.
  • Music of the Jesuit Missions II

    On April 10 Chicago based chamber music chorus Bella Voce and Chicago Arts Orchestra performed American Colonial Music at Madonna della Strada Chapel. The concert was part of a day long research colloquium: Music of the Jesuit Missions. This colloquium explored the history, traditions, and efforts to restore and re-introduce the colonial music of Latin America.
  • Science, Faith, and Progress

    A creative tension between science and faith is daily fare for Fr. Mueller and for the entire research staff of the Vatican Observatory. In his lecture, Fr. Mueller will explore a belief which is fundamental for all the Abrahamic religions: the belief that the human race is at the center of God's love and concern.
  • Introducing... Chicago Catholic Immigrants: The Italians

    On November 8–9, Loyola will host the conference “Chicago Catholic Immigrants: The Italians”—the first in a series that focuses on the role that Roman Catholicism played in the lives of immigrants who came to Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Holiday Greetings

    As the Christian community moves through the season of Advent every December, so too the university community at Loyola draws to a close of what might be called a season of exams and final papers! In the midst of this, I am grateful for the many people who support our programs.
  • Catholic Q&A: How Can Clinical Psychology Help Us Understand the Mystery of Forgiveness?

    At the Catholic Q&A on October 1 (7:00PM in the Regis Hall MPR), Father Garanzini will dig deeper into psychological and sacramental considerations and reflection and ask...

The challenges of Global Jesuit Education: Responses to Poverty and displacement

Panel Symposium: Catholic Social Thought and the Plight of Refugees

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Damen Student Center, MPR-South
All are welcome to attend!

On Wednesday, 13 November 2013, the Hank Center will host a symposium featuring Prof. David Hollenbach, S.J., the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and the Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College.

Prof. Hollenbach is an internationally renowned scholar whose contributions to the fields of theology and ethics put him at the forefront of Catholic responses to questions of justice and human rights today. Prof. Hollenbach’s lecture will address some of the challenges facing Jesuit global education as it endeavors to respond to poverty and displacement around the world.


The symposium will be held in the Damen Student Center’s Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) South. In addition to Prof. Hollenbach, three faculty members from Loyola will offer their reflections on, and responses to, Prof. Hollenbach’s lecture: Prof. Hille Haker (Department of Theology), Prof. Tisha Rajendra (Department of Theology), and Prof. David Schweickart (Department of Philosophy).


All are invited to attend this event, which is particularly well suited for the academic community here at Loyola University Chicago.

A New Collaboration with Cudahy Library

Catholic Studies Program and LUC library

The Catholic Studies Program emphasizes scholarship, creativity, and community. Each of these is enhanced through the pursuit of information. Scholarship is enriched when it engages quality information published in journals and books by respected scholars and authors. Creativity is inspired by images, sounds, and archival materials. Community is nourished by meeting outside the classroom with other students and professors in the library and Information Commons. The possibilities are endless. This semester Catholic Studies Program started a new collaboration with Cudahy Library to assist students in pursuing their academic goals.

Catholic Studies subject librarian Jane P. Currie is always happy to share ideas or help coordinate students research. She also works as a reference specialist for Classical Studies, Islamic World Studies, Philosophy, Theology, and Women's Studies & Gender Studies. 

Do not hesitate to contact her at jcurrie@luc.edu. 

Another great resource  is the the Catholic Studies tab in the Theology and Religious Studies Research Guide. 

It is a curated list of resources especially well-suited to Catholic Studies. Click here to learn more.