CFC Moves to Campus, Introduces M.A. Degree
The University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture, formerly located at the School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary, has moved to a new location in the former Education annex on campus on the corner of Sul Ross and Graustark.
“The Center for Faith and Culture has been a key outreach part of the University of St Thomas since 1994, conducting more than 100 seminars, symposia, conferences, academic courses and special presentations on the relationship between the Catholic worldview of faith and American culture,” said UST President Dr. Robert Ivany. “I ask the campus community to welcome Fr. Nesti and his team to our main campus.”
With Fr. Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, at the helm, the Center welcomes two new members to the faculty and staff – Dr. Adam G. Martinez as associate director, and Rev. Jeffrey N. Steenson as the Carl and Lois Davis Visiting Professor in Patristic Studies.
Now, in addition to its outreach, the Center will be able to offer courses for other UST graduate and undergraduate students. The Center is announcing a new Master of Arts in Faith and Culture to be available in fall 2010. The M.A. program in Faith and Culture seeks to use existing resources within the university curriculum. It calls for a reflection on the roots of the American way of life which is historical, philosophical, political, legal, sociological and anthropological. This approach is meant to ground the M.A. candidate in the American cultural worldview especially in relation its understanding of the nature of the human person, its approach to religion, its values, norms of behavior and its symbols.
“Students will be taught the implications of a spirituality of dialogue as the only way for the Church to evangelize the contemporary world,” Fr. Nesti said. “The M.A. program will foster and increase our present collaborative outreach to faculty of various disciplines, our collaboration with Archdiocesan offices, deaneries, parishes and our ecumenical and inter-religious outreach.”
For more information, contact Fr. Donald Nesti at 713-942-5069.