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Throughout the year, the Center for Catholic Studies invites nationally recognized scholars to share their expertise on a wide range of topics as they pertain to Catholic Studies. Please join us!

Free and open to the public, all Spring 2023 Lectures are available for both in-person attendance and livestream viewing.

For further information contact Mary Crimmins, Administrative Coordinator at or (203) 254-4000 ext. 2097.

Rev. Matt Carnes, S.J., Georgetown University

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

Hybrid Event: In-Person at BCC Dogwood Room, or register to watch via livestream

The 2023 Bellarmine Lecture
“Forging Hope, Reforging Democracy: A Contribution of Jesuit Universities to the Future”

Rev. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, PhD, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

Hybrid Event: In-Person at Kelley Presentation Room, or register to watch via livestream

17th Annual Lecture in Jewish/Christian Engagement
Co-Sponsored With the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies
"Antisemitism and the Far Right: A Challenge to Jewish-Christian Relations"

Anthony Annett, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | 5 p.m.

Hybrid Event: In-Person at Kelley Presentation Room, or register to watch via livestream

"Cathonomics: How Catholic Tradition Can Create a More Just Economy"

Paul Lakeland, PhD, Center for Catholic Studies, Fairfield University

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

Hybrid Event: In-Person at Dolan School of Business Event Hall, or register to watch via livestream

The 16th Annual Commonweal Lecture
“Beyond Polarization: The Grace of Self-Doubt”

Living Theology Workshops

Spring 2023 Workshops will be held in person at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library:

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | Inequality at Fairfield University?

A panel presentation featuring Will Johnson, Associate Vice-President and Dean of Student Life,  and Corry Unis, Vice-President for Strategic Involvement, will unpack and examine some aspects of inequality on the Fairfield campus, including but not limited to financial aid, debt relief, affirmative action and culture and lifestyle issues. What is the reality, and what can we do about it?

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | Addressing Inequality: The Bellarmine Campus

An informational session on the new initiative in Bridgeport, presented by Kevin O’Brien, S.J., Dean and Executive Director of the Bellarmine Campus, and Nakia Letang, Director of Admissions for the Bellarmine Campus. How does this new venture relate to the issues of academic and social inequality?

***The Tuesday, February 7th Living Theology Workshop is postponed and will be held in the near future.

All Living Theology Workshops are free and open to the public. Please join us!

Meet Our Team

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Paul Lakeland


Center for Catholic Studies


Get to Know Paul

Paul Lakeland, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies
Director of the Center for Catholic Studies, and Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J.
Chair in Catholic Studies

Dr. Lakeland received his licentiate in philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, an MA from Oxford University in English Language and Literature, a bachelor of divinity degree from the University of London, and his PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. At Fairfield he teaches courses on ecclesiology, religion and culture, and religion and literature. He is the author of some 35 scholarly articles and 10 books, the most recent of which are:

  • The Wounded Angel (Liturgical Press 2017) College Theological Society award for Best Theology Book of 2017
  • A Council That Will Never End: Lumen Gentium and the Church Today (Liturgical Press, 2013)
  • Yves Congar: Essential Writings. The Modern Spiritual Masters Series (Orbis Books, 2010)
  • Church: Living Communion (Liturgical Press, 2009)
  • Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church (Continuum, 2007), which won an award from the Catholic Press Association
  • The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church (Continuum, 2003), which received the 2004 Catholic Press Association Award for the best book in theology
  • Postmodernity: Christian Identity in a Fragmented Age (Fortress Press, 1997)
  • Theology and Critical Theory: the Discourse of the Church (Abingdon Press, 1990)

Paul Lakeland is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theology Society and the American Theological Society. His academic and research interests include the roles of the laity in the Catholic Church, the Papacy, religion and literature, and the relations between religious commitment and progressive politics.

He can be reached at


Dr. Paul Lakeland, professor of religious studies, was formally installed as the first holder of the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Chair in Catholic Studies
March 2, 2005

The Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies was established as a result of gifts of various donors in honor of the retiring president, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J.

Sharing the honor of the occasion with Dr. Lakeland (third from left) were: (l-r) Dr. G. Dennis O'Brien, former president of Bucknell University and the University of Rochester, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree; the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., president emeritus, for whom the chair is named; and Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., former University President.

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Mary Crimmins

Administrative Coordinator

Center for Social Impact

Center for Catholic Studies


Get to Know Mary

Mary Crimmins is the Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Social Impact. In this capacity Mary interacts with faculty, other departments and outside partners to ensure the achievement of the Center’s objectives.

Mary is also the Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Catholic Studies. As administrative coordinator, Mary interacts with faculty, lecturers, and other departments to ensure the achievement of the Center’s objectives.

Mary received her BA in 1991 with a focus on marketing, from St. Bonaventure University. Prior to taking a hiatus to raise her three daughters, Mary held a variety of administrative positions in marketing and promotion, most recently with Breitling, a manufacturer of premium watches. Mary is an 18-year resident of Fairfield and mostly enjoys spending time with her three daughters, Emily, Nicole, Claire and husband Mike.

Learn More About the Center for Catholic Studies

What We Do

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What We Do

Catholic Studies is an inter-disciplinary inquiry into the intellectual tradition, history, and culture — both "high" and popular — of the Catholic Christian tradition.

The Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University exists to sponsor four related sets of activities. They are:

  1. To establish and administer an undergraduate interdisciplinary Minor Program in Catholic Studies.
  2. To work to support the academic component of "mission and identity" education and programming on campus.
  3. To promote an understanding and appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition on campus.
  4. To establish programming for, and outreach to, the local community — especially but not exclusively the local Catholic community.


The Center is directed by the holder of the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Chair in Catholic Studies, currently Dr. Paul Lakeland, Professor of Religious Studies.

View the Catholic Studies course list

For more information about the Center for Catholic Studies, please visit us in Canisius 200, or contact Mary Crimmins, Administrative Coordinator, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2097.

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Where to Find Us

Directions to campus and an interactive map of Fairfield University can help you locate the venue of on-campus lecture and workshop events. Please note: all Fall 2020 events will be held virtually on Zoom.

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Our Advisory Board

Meet the members of the Center for Catholic Studies Advisory Board.
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View recordings of prior lectures sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies.

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