|About the Center|
The Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture is recognized by the Roman Curia Pontifical Council for Culture and is listed in the Pontificium Consilium De Cultura, Catholic Cultural Centres.
At the heart of the Center is the desire to understand and affect the relationship between the Gospel and the American way of life. The Center incorporates both theory and practice, with special emphasis on the formation of community leadership who will be empowered to integrate faith and culture through ongoing reflection and action.
The activity of the Center for Faith and Culture is supported by four pillars: Academic Programs, Ecumenical and Inter religious Programs, Pastoral and Community Outreach, and Ongoing Formation.
The Center for Faith and Culture provides a Master of Arts in Faith and Culture and a Certificate of Faith and Culture as core programs. Through dialogue, classes, events and seminars, the Center for Faith and Culture bolsters participants to live as faithful citizens of our democratic republic. Our academic programs bring the Catholic voice to the ongoing conversation about the meaning of life, and the liberty and pursuit of happiness we hold in common as Americans.
Ecumenical and Inter Religious Programs
The Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture embraces ecumenism (Christian unity) and interreligious dialogue (outreach to people of all religions) as an integral mandate of her mission. Grounded in the eternal love of the Most Holy Trinity, with the Holy Spirit as protagonist, this missionary mandate lies at the heart of the Church’s catholicity. (CCC 849; 852)
In furthering the Church along these missionary paths, The Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism, directs Catholic universities to assist the Church in ecumenical formation. Nostra Aetate (The Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions) urges all people of the Church to dialogue and collaborate with followers of other religions. The Center for Faith and Culture strives to fulfill the Church’s directives for ecumenism and interreligious dialogue through the events and academic programs offered.
Pastoral and Community Outreach
Outreach is both internal and external. Internally, the Center for Faith and Culture supports Campus Ministry for the University of St. Thomas. Campus Ministry serves students of all faiths and facilitates the growth of the spiritual life of the campus community through the sacraments, activities and counseling in a tradition that links reason and faith.
The Center also collaborates with other community and religious organizations in the city for the common good. Often, these partnerships are connected to our academic programs as the experiential learning component of the coursework. Other times, the work of the community is the reason for, and fruit of, the ecumenical and inter religious work of Center.
Additionally, in its activities the Center for Faith and Culture relates the Gospel to various American subcultures including Hispanic/Latino, African-American, Asian-American, and Native-American.
Ongoing Formation and Events
We believe holistic spiritual development is at the very core of all cultural development. In close collaboration with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and other community organizations, the Center for Faith and Culture offers conferences, symposiums and other opportunities to further the understanding of faith and culture.