Center for Spirituality

Center for Spirituality


The Center for Spirituality offers programs that promote the engagement between faith and reason and the connection between mind, body, and spirit. Spirituality at the Center is discussed as an academic discipline and as a way of life and includes individual and social dimensions of spirituality.  We draw on intellectual resources in the Catholic and Christian heritage as well as how individuals practice faith in their daily lives to develop critical conversations around contemporary religious issues, especially as they relate to women’s experience. 

Opportunities for students include: annual fall and spring lecture series on designated themes such as faith in public life or sustainability; the Madeleva Lecture given annually by a prestigious female scholar of religion; and the Real Life Project in vocation, inviting women in small groups to discuss the ways in which faith intersects with their future careers.

Upcoming Events

32nd Madeleva Lecture,
Ilia Delio, OSF, Villanova University
A Hunger for Wholeness: Soul, Space, and Transcendence

Spring 2017 Lecturer Fr. Bryan N. Massingale, Fordham University
To Redeem the Soul of America: Toward a Moral Vision for a New Civil Rights Movement


Madeleva Lecturer Ilia Delio's recent article in National Catholic Reporter

NCR article about Fr. Bryan Massingale's recent lecture at SMC

Biblical Scholar Sandra Schneiders Celebrates Four Milestones
Schneiders is a two-time Madeleva Lecturer. She has also been the main speaker for past Summer Seminars.