Initiating a 'Collegium' for Young Faculty in Catholic Colleges and Universities

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Start Date: 
Wed, 01/01/1992
End Date: 
Thu, 12/31/1998

In response to expectations that large numbers of religious order and other Catholic faculty members will retire in the coming years, Thomas M. Landy, S.J. of Fairfield University, identified the need for Catholic universities to develop ways of maintaining their religious identity as their faculties become increasingly composed of scholars trained at secular institutions. With funding from the Lilly Endowment, Landy established Collegium to help Catholic institutions of higher education provide current and potential faculty members with a deeper appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Collegium, an eight-day summer institute, enables advanced graduate students and new faculty members at Catholic colleges and universities to gather with experienced mentors and reflect upon the vocation of teaching at a Catholic university. Sponsored by approximately fifty member institutions, Collegium features presentations, discussions, films, and prayer opportunities designed to stimulate discussion about the relationship between faith and academic life. The first conference focused on the questions: "How is the intellectual life vital to the life of the Church?" "How can it be lived?" "Where can it be lived?" The initial grant from the Lilly Endowment provided funding for institutes to be held in the summers of 1993, 1994, and 1995. Former Collegium fellows have shared the insights gained from their participation in a variety of forums, including published articles and offshoot projects.