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A process that leads to transformation

At the Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture, our primary educational tool is dialogue. Everyone has faith in something or someone. Whatever that is for you will be of value in the conversation.

You’re welcome here regardless of how you define “faith” or the extent to which you believe in it. You don’t need to be Catholic. In fact, you don’t need to subscribe to any particular faith.

For graduate students, we offer a Master of Arts in Faith and Culture

For undergraduate students, we are home to Campus Ministry.

Our Mission Statement


Catholic Chapel of St. Basil on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas Chapel of St. Basil
Faith meets culture across the various disciplines of UST, but most profoundly through the sacramental life of the Church. In the Chapel, people of all backgrounds and cultures participate in our celebration of faith, both past and present, as we hope for our future.

M.A. in Faith and Culture

M.A. in Faith and CultureRegardless of your profession or religion, this degree would be valuable if you’re motivated by a quest and search for:

  • meaning and purpose of life
  • self-purpose and development

Students in the program have said that you can’t base the program on the question “What are you going to do with it? Instead, your mindset should be “What do I plan to be with it?”

The approach is not theoretical. It’s applied. We want to arm you with the tools to not just engage and ask questions, but actually live out those hard questions.

For example:

A lawyer might find this degree improves certain “soft skills” like dialogue which helps them relate better to their clients. It might help clarify the decision-making process so they come from a place of integrity and virtue when representing their clients. And ultimately, it might help them be true to themselves and their faith in all the choices they make, personally and professionally.

You can take classes at your own pace, and earn your degree in as little as 2 years.

Fr. Chris A. Valka, CSB, UST Chaplain; Campus Ministry Director

You have a world view. We create helpful confrontations with those who may share different views or be different than you.

Fr. Chris A. Valka, CSB UST Chaplain; Campus Ministry Director

Campus Ministry

As an undergraduate student, leading an active student life on campus and participating in Campus Ministry will expose you to the debate and dialogue that happens within the center.

Campus Ministry welcomes students of all faiths and of no faith. Activities include:

  • Liturgical music and programs
  • Bible studies
  • Volunteer experiences
  • Academic and spiritual integration
  • Religious education courses

Helpful Reading and Resources


Campus MinistryCampus Ministry Retreats
Every year, members of campus ministry are invited to several full-weekend retreats and day retreats. These are opportunities to reflect and refocus on the spiritual life, enjoy leisure and build community with other Celts.