|Donald S. Nesti, CSSp|
Center for Faith & Culture
Director, Center for Faith & Culture
University of St. Thomas
1302 Sul Ross
Houston TX 77024-3498
Congregation of the Holy Ghost, 30 May 1963
St. Mary’s Seminary, Norwalk CT, USA
M.A. University of Pittsburgh (1976), Italian Language and Literature
S.T.D. Gregorian University, Rome, (1970)
S.T.L. Gregorian University, Rome, (1966)
B.D. St. Mary’s Seminary, Norwalk, CT (1964)
B.A. St. Mary’s Seminary, Norwalk, CT (1959)
St. Edmund’s College (Summer 1972), Post-Doctoral Reading in 17th Century English History, Cambridge University, England
University of London (1968), Seminar on 16th Century English History, England
Goethe Institute (Summer 1967), (German), Radolfzel am Bodensee, Germany
Universita per Gli Stranieri (Summer 1965), Perugia, Italy, Italian Studies
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, January 1988 - May 1989
Program: “Values, Technology, Science and Society”
Visiting Scholar at Graduate Theological Union, Center for
Policy and Ethics, Berkeley CA, January 1988 - 1989
Participated in Stanford Program in the Humanities Seminar, July 1988
1994 - Present
Director - Center for Faith and Culture
University of St. Thomas
1302 Sul Ross
Houston TX 77006
Founder/administrator/lecturer of this program as a response to Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Redemptoris missio and his 1982 creation of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Center seeks
to understand and affect the relationship between the world-view of Catholic faith and culture, specifically studying the relationship of this Gospel vision to the American way of life and its principal sub-cultures (Asian, Black and Hispanic).
Events presented by the Center for Faith and Culture and other activities of participation:
- “The Christian Contemplative Traditions.” Presenter: Fr. William Meninger, OCSO;
December 9-11, 2005.
- “Come Wash in the Pool at Siloam”, SecondAnnual Spirituality Seminar – Wrestling with Suffering; Presenters: Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, Binh The Quach, CSSp, Maureen Bacchi, LMSW; June 6-10, 2005.
- “Common Good and Political Order: Medieval Perspectives on Contemporary Debates.” Jean Porter, PhD, University of Notre Dame, presenter; October 20, 2004.
- “Come Wash in the Pool at Siloam”, First Annual Spirituality Seminar - Focus on Freedom; Presenters: Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, Binh The Quach, CSSp, Maureen Bacchi, LMSW;
June 21-25, 2004.
- “A Dialogue on Faith & Economics.” January 2003 through February 2005, and continuing.
- “Church and Society Between War and Peace in the Holy Land.” David-Maria A. Jaeger, OFM, JD, presenter; February 11, 2004.
- “Dynamic Mixing: Crossing Borders and Forging a Future Together.” John F. Burke, Ph.D., presenter, October 13, 2003.
- “The Hope of History and the History of Hope: Easter People in a Violent Age.” Gil Bailie, J. D. presenter; October, 2002.
- “Czech Culture: A Way of Life in the Light of Faith.” Presenters: Bishop Patrick Zurek, DD., S.T.L., Tomas Kraus, J.D., Professor Milan Opocensky, Ph.D., Bishop Peter Esterka, DD. S.T.D.; February, 2002.
- “The Vietnamese American Family in Cultural Flux.” Speakers: Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, Min Zhou, Ph.D., and Binh The Quach, CSSp; June, 2000.
- “Tracing and Facing the Roots of Violence: The Gospel Responds – Hope for the New Millennium.” 3-day conference. Featured speaker: Gil Bailie, J.D., author of Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads. St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston TX. October, 1999.
- “Finding the Pulse of the Spirit Today.” A series of lectures held throughout the year, focusing on the Holy Spirit in Celebration of the Preparation for the Christian Third Millennium and the Year of the Holy Spirit. Presenters: E. A. Dreyer; Donald S. Nesti, CSSp; Gavin D’Costa, PhD; Richard Gaillardetz, PhD; Anthony Gittins, CSSp; and Jürgen Moltman, ThD. University of St. Thomas, Houston TX, 1998.
1993 - Present
Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Theology at
St. Mary’s Seminary
9845 Memorial Drive
Houston TX 77024-3498
Teaching, especially in spirituality, Roman Catholic worldview, culture and inculturation, social issues and evangelization.
Courses: Christian Spirituality; Classics in Christian Spirituality; Introduction to Spirituality; Desert Fathers and Mothers; Prayer; Thought of Romano Guardini; Faith and the Dominant American Culture; The Life of Virtue; Faith, Culture and Inculturation
July 1995 - June, 2001
Provincial Superior - Western Province, USA
Congregation of the Holy Spirit
1700 W Alabama
Houston TX 77098-2808
Supervised and coordinated planning and actual mechanics for the 1980 General Chapter Meeting of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost.
The Western Province encompasses the Western half of the U.S. from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean. Order founded in France in 1703; established in USA in 1872. Ministries include Evangelization; Pastoral care of disadvantaged, oppressed and refugees; Administration in poor and ethnic parishes; Foreign Mission activities; Education, including administration of Duquesne University (Pittsburgh) and Holy Ghost Preparatory School (Philadelphia).
President, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA, 1980-1987
Director, Immaculate Heart Collegiate Seminary, Bethel Park PA, 1975-1980
Director of Planning, Research & Renewal, USA - East Province, Congregation of the Holy Spirit,
Bethel Park PA, 1977-1980
Professor, Duquesne University, School of Theology, 1970-1978
Professor, Pontifical College Josephinum, School of Theology, Columbus OH, 1989-1993
SPEAKER - Most recent presentations:
- ”Crossing the Invisible Line: From Ethical Behavior to the Unethical.” Workshop for Lawyers, the Cenacle, Houston TX, November 20, 2005.
- “The Challenges and Rewards of Advancement.” The Mind, Body and Spirit of Institutional Advancement, Institutional Advancement Retreat, University of St. Thomas, Houston TX,
November 11, 2005.
- “Faith and American Culture.” Adult Faith Formation, Prince of Peace Catholic Community,
Houston TX, October 27, 2005.
- "Wrestling with Suffering in America: Catholic and American.” Second Annual Spirituality Seminar, presented by Center for Faith & Culture, University of St. Thomas, at St. Mary’s Seminary,
Houston TX, June 6-10, 2005.
- “Catholic Higher Education in Twenty-First Century American Culture.” University of Incarnate Word, Heritage Retreat, May 25, 2005.
- “Journey to Turkey: Serendipity or Providence?” Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Series, Social Justice Luncheon, Social Justice Committee, University of St. Thomas. Co-presenter: Muhammed Cetin, Institute for Interfaith Dialog; Houston. TX, March 23, 2005.
- “Catechesis and Culture.” Workshop presentation for Diocese of Galveston-Houston Catechetical Conference: Catechizing for a Lifetime of Faith. Marriott Westchase, Houston TX. January 29, 2005.
- “Leaders of Faith and Character: An Interfaith Dialogue.” Panelist, University of St. Thomas, Jones Hall, Houston, TX, January 26, 2005.
- “Creating a Culture of Vocation and a Civilization of Love” – Bishop Grandin Lecture Series. Newman Theological College, Edmonton, Alberta, November 5-6, 2004.
- “Faithful Citizenship”
St. Anne, Houston, TX, November 1, 2004
St. Anne, Tomball, TX, October 25, 2004.
Western Deanery, Diocese of Galveston-Houston, October 5, 2004.
St. Cecilia Catholic Community, Houston, TX, September 20, 2004
- “Dialogue in the American Context: Civic and Religious Foundations” – Institute for Interfaith Dialog, Rice University, Houston, TX, October 11, 2004.
- “Incarnate Word University and Catholic Higher Education in the Twenty-first Century,” Mission Effectiveness Workshop for Administrators, Faculty and Staff, Incarnate Word University, San Antonio, TX, 2002, 2003, 2004.
- “Culture” – Diocese of Galveston-Houston, Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, TX, April 22, 2004.
- “Cultural Aspects of Freedom” – 1st Annual Spirituality Seminar, Come Wash in the Pool at Siloam”
Center for Faith & Culture, University of St. Thomas, at St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston, TX, June 21, 2004.
- “Culture, Community and Liberal Education” – Conference: Christianity and the Soul of the University, Institute for Faith & Learning and the Council of Christianity Scholarly Societies, Baylor University, Waco, TX, March 27, 2004.
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Ozanam School of Charity, Presenter at monthly training sessions in various parishes, Diocese of Galveston, Houston, 2003, 2004, and 2005.
- “Mission and Conspiracy of the Spirit” – Legatus, Houston, TX , November 6, 2003
- “In God’s Image: Human Creativity” – St. Catherine of Siena, Houston, TX, November 4, 2003.
- “Dialogue in the American Context: Civic and Religious Foundations” – Institute for Interfaith Dialog, Rice University, Houston, TX, October 11, 2003.
- “Aspiring to the Good Life: The Integration of Life – Private and Public” – A Company of Strangers, St. Cecilia Catholic Community Workshop, Houston, TX, September 21, 2003.
- “Spirituality in Leadership” – Vietnamese Dominican Sisters, Houston, TX, September 18-20, 2003
- “The Catholic University in the 21st Century” – University of Incarnate Word Heritage Retreat, Villa de Matel, Houston, TX, May 13, 2003.
- “Cultural Concerns for Pastoral Ministry and Rectory Living ” – Texas Catholic Conference International Priests Seminary, Austin, TX, February 5, 2003.
- “Discipleship, Dialogue, Discernment and Decision,” – Opening Session of A Dialogue on Faith and Economics, Center for Faith and Culture - University of St. Thomas, at St. Mary’s Seminary, January 30, 2003.
- “Sowing the Seeds of Peace,” Catechist Day, Western Deanery – Diocese of Galveston-Houston,
January 25, 2003.
- “Culture: Support or Block to Vocation?” – National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, Baltimore, MD, January 20, 2003.
- Grace and Faith: The Means of Salvation. Pittsburgh, Catholic and Quaker Studies, (No.3), 1975.
- Catholic and Quaker Studies. Co-editors: J. Calvin Keene, Dean Freiday. An ecumenical theological series.
Chapters of Books:
- “Spirit, Vitality and Solidarity,” Finding the Pulse of the Spirit Today, Anthology from the conference
and lecture series presented by the Center for Faith & Culture, University of St. Thomas, Houston,
TX. (Center for Faith & Culture, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, 2001.)
- “Evangelization and American Culture,” Evangelizing the Cultures in A.D. 2000.
- Preface to The Catholic Church and American Culture: Reciprocity and Challenge. Ed. by Cassian
Yuhaus, CP. (New York: Paulist Press, 1990).
Other Works Edited and Published:
- Czech Culture: A Way of Life in the Light of Faith, Anthology from the proceedings of the
conference presented by Center for Faith & Culture, University of St. Thomas. Editor. Published
by Center for Faith & Culture, Houston, TX, 2003.
- Finding the Pulse of the Spirit Today, Anthology from the conference and lecture series presented by
the Center for Faith & Culture, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX. Published by Center for
Faith & Culture, Houston, TX, 2001.
- The Quakers: A Type of the Spirit-Centered Community; A Roman Catholic View. Roberts, William. Pittsburgh, Catholic and Quaker Studies, (No.1), 1972.
- Early Quaker Christology, with Special Reference to Isaac Pennington. Creasey, Maurice A. Pittsburgh, Catholic and Quaker Studies, (No. 2), 1973, Editor.
- The Bible: Its Criticism, Interpretation and Use in 16th and 17th Century England. Freiday, Dean.
Pittsburgh, Catholic and Quaker Studies, (No. 4), 1979, Editor.
- Origins, “Voice-Carriers of the Gospel at a Providential Moment,” Vol. 31: No. 21 (November 1,
- Le Ragioni Critiche, “Kandinsky e Moravia: la contemplazione e la ‘Empty Canvas’,” Anno VI,
(Gennaio-Giugno, 1976), 25-35.
- Quaker Religious Thought, XVIII, “Early Quaker Ecclesiology,” (Autumn 1978), 1-30.
NCEA Seminary News. Special Edition Report on Pre-Theology. “The Cultural Challenge,” (May 1993), 31.4.
Parish ministers; Priests – various USA diocese, such as Galveston-Houston TX, Beaumont TX, Austin TX, Little Rock AR, Youngstown OH, Great Falls - Billings MT, Sacramento CA – and Canada; Sisters of Mercy; Sisters of the Holy Spirit; Salesians of Don Bosco,
Institute for Interfaith Dialog Advising Board – 2005-06
United States Catholic China Bureau, 2001-04
Center for International Studies Advisory Board, University of St. Thomas 1994-97
Phi Sigma Iota (Honorary Modern Languages)
Search Committee for VPAA, University of St. Thomas – 2006
Strategic Planning Committee, University of St. Thomas – 2003
Social Concerns Committee, University of St. Thomas – 2001-05
Mission Committee, Diocese of Galveston-Houston – 2003-04
Coalition for Mutual Respect, Anti-Defamation League, Houston TX – 2004-06
Institutional and Organizational Planning:
- Interfaith Ministries of Galveston-Houston
- No More Victims, Inc., Houston, TX
- The Metropolitan Organization – Houston, TX