Seeking Meaning
Faith encountering American culture

Celebrating 25 years in 2019, at the Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture, our primary educational tool is dialogue. We discuss and debate the hard questions of life and issues we face in today's world.

As we strive to live and work together for the common good in society, we bring the Catholic voice to this ongoing conversation, while actively listening and valuing the voices of others.

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

Our Mission Statement


Get to Know the CFC

The Nesti Center for Faith and Culture offers many ways to engage in dialogue, including lectures, conferences, symposia, academic programs and study abroad experiences.

Year Of The Family
Now Offered Fully Online
Master of Arts in Faith and Culture
M.A. in Faith and Culture

500X330_AWayOfLifeThe Center for Faith and Culture at UST offers fully online and face-to-face graduate-level programs that transform students by immersing them in the historical, cultural, and theological patrimony of the Catholic Tradition, so that they will go out into the dominant American culture and leaven it with the Good News.

This program is valuable for those seeking meaning, looking to fulfill their calling, or for personal 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 online or in the classroom!

Reyna Anderson

I applied to law school because I was inspired by what I learned in the MAFC program: the virtue of Justice, inalienable rights and so much more.

Reyna Anderson, MAFC 2015 Fellow, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the U.N.; J.D. Candidate, 2019, Ave Maria School of Law

Requirements Disclaimer:
International students who wish to maintain or obtain an I-20 form and F-1 student visa or status should participate in the in-person program option.