About Us

The Joan and Bill Hank Center
for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage

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The Center is a venue for faculty, students, and staff to learn about, and investigate, Roman Catholic thought and its links to all academic disciplines. With its strong emphasis on scholarly research and discussion, CCIH is a productive space where the fruits of that research can be engaged, debated, and shared.

The Center was founded in 2006 aiming to preserve and foster Catholic intellectual heritage not only at Loyola University Chicago, but also in the community. On April 24, 2007, Loyola University Chicago renamed this Center of Excellence in honor of two generous friends and benefactors—Joan Los (BS'54) and Bill Hank.

The Center offers a number of opportunities to learn about, and interact with, the Roman Catholic tradition. Here are a few examples of initiatives aimed at helping our community to connect with, research, and communicate the Catholic intellectual heritage.

  • Connecting to Roman Catholic thought
    The CCIH Reading Groups offer students and faculty the opportunity to read and discuss a classic text in the Catholic intellectual tradition with their peers from across the disciplines and around the university.

  • Researching Roman Catholic thought
    Faculty research projects for both individuals and groups concerned with or connected to Catholic intellectual heritage are funded by the Center. The typical goal is a published text, but it can also include an organized conference or team-taught course.

  • Communicating Roman Catholic thought
    The Cardinal Newman Lecture Series provides an opportunity, each spring, for a noted scholar who has converted to Catholicism to offer faculty and students a reflection on how their identification with the Catholic Church and the Catholic intellectual tradition influences and impacts their own professional research and scholarship.

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage stewards the Jesuit principal of finding God in all things, which is at the core of the mission of Loyola University Chicago. At the Center, the rich and variant lines of the Catholic intellectual  tradition are explored, communicated, and renewed.

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Get to know our Staff:

Michael Murphy, Ph.D.

Meghan Toomey 
Center Manager

Kathleen McNutt
Graduate Research Assistant

Emily Kate Marticello
Digital Content & Research Assistant

Joseph De Larauze
Operations & Research Assistant

Justyna Skowronski
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Mark Neuhengen
Undergraduate Research Assistant



Micael Clarke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Loyola University Chicago

Colby Dickinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Theology
Loyola University Chicago

The Hon. Thomas M. Donnelly, J.D.
Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Part-Time Faculty, School of Law
Loyola University Chicago

Dr. D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J., DPhil
Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literature
Loyola University Chicago

Jane Locke, J.D.
Associate Professor, School of Law
Loyola University Chicago

Lorraine A. Ozar, Ph.D.
Clinical Assocaite Professor and Andrew M. Greeley Endowed Chair in Catholic Education
Loyola University Chicago

Michael J. Schuck, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Theology
Director Emeritus, The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage
Loyola Univeristy Chicago