Franciscan University hosts many conferences during the academic year which are sponsored by our academic departments.
Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness
Forty-five years after Pope Paul VI promulgated his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae the prophetic—dire—warnings contained therein have proved prophetic. An team of prominent scholars, headlined by His Eminence Seán Cardinal O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, will come together this September to deepen understanding of the encyclical and address challenges in promoting the culture of life.
Find out more at the conference page or call 1-800-437-8368.
Summer Ancient and Biblical Languages Institute
Learn to read ancient texts in their original languages. Latin, ancient Greek, and Biblical Hebrew become accessible in these five- or ten-week summer sessions of intensive language training. No prior knowledge of the languages is needed.
Find out more and register or contact Admissions at 1-800-783-6220 or 1-740-283-6226
Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom
The HHS mandate for contraceptive, sterilization, and abortifacient coverage in health insurance plans, health-care institutions requiring medical personnel to participate in morally objectionable procedures, legal liability for businesses refusing on religious grounds to provide services for same-sex “weddings,” students forbidden to engage in religious expression in public schools, zoning laws used to stop Bible studies in private homes—these and many more issues have surfaced in recent years concerning religious freedom in the United States. Truth, Conscience, and Religious Freedom will explore some of these issues and examine the state of religious freedom in the U.S. in light of our founding, history, and constitutional principles; the broader thinking about rights prevalent in our culture; the international religious freedom situation; and Dignitatis Humanae, the Catholic Church’s leading document on the religious liberty, which was promulgated nearly 50 years ago.
Find out more at the conference page or call 740-284-5262 to register.
Media & Faith: New Beginnings
Can a person successfully practice the Christian faith in a global media environment? How do you continue to grow in your Christian faith while working in today’s media industry? What challenges and opportunities are there for Christians in the new digital media environment?
The Media & Faith conference is expressly designed to answer such questions, and to assist individuals in living out their Christian faith while making the transition from school to the workplace. If you’re a student who will soon be graduating from college, a media practitioner or educator, this conference is for you!
Find out more at the conference page or contact the conference director, Dr. Wayne Lewis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science & Faith Conference
The Science and Faith Conference explores questions about the intersection in human knowledge of faith and reason. The last conference addressed the question, "Can science inform our understanding of God?" Watch videos of the talks from the conference of our exceptional lineup of speakers and respondents at the conference recap page.
Our Institute of Bioethics holds regular conferences, hosting such prominent speakers as Professor Robert George of Princeton University, His Excellency, Anthony Fisher, OP, auxiliary bishop of Sydney, Australia, and many others.
Learn more at the Institute pages
Conference on Christian Philosophy
Each year the MA Philosophy Program sponsors a scholarly conference on Christian philosophy. Philosophers and scholars from around the world meet for several days to discuss the work of an important Catholic philosopher or an important philosophical topic or school in the Catholic philosophical tradition. Whenever possible, graduate courses are offered in conjunction with the conferences to augment the courses and sometimes to allow graduate student participation in the conference.
Our last conference was on the question, "Must Morality Be Grounded in God?"
Symposium: Vatican II and the Year of Faith
Franciscan University hosted a symposium on Saturday, April 13, 2013, on “Vatican II and the Year of Faith” as requested by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. This symposium brought together three internationally-renown speakers to present on the importance of the Second Vatican Council in the areas of the Christian philosophy of the human person, the recovery of patristic insight into the Word of God, and the perennial and contemporary relevance of Vatican II for the Christian faithful of today. Get the audio and video of the speakers as they reflect on the work of the Holy Spirit guiding and directing the world to the truth and salvation offered to us by God through Christ and the Church.
Vatican II and the Year of Faith
Our annual elementary educators' conference, Creative Cornerstones inspires teachers from pre-kindergarten through grade 6 with new ideas and pedagogical techniques. This conference is offered in June by the Graduate Education Department.
Find out more or contact James Anderson at email@example.com or at (740) 284-5269
Professional and Pastoral Care of Persons with Same-Sex Attractions
The Department of Graduate Counseling and the Department of Theology presented Dr. Philip Sutton, the founder and first director of the Graduate Counseling Program at Franciscan University on this important and timely topic.
View the conference page.