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



Called to Intervene: Violence, Spirituality, and Solidarity

March 30, 7 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
Who Are My People?: Christianity, Violence, and Identity Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa
Emmanuel Katongole, University of Notre Dame

News/Articles of Interest

Response by President Cervelli regarding President Trump's executive order on immigration

Two CFS lecturers are quoted in NCR article:
Catholic college leaders focus on inclusion, diversity

Press release on the Center's endowed spring lecture series

Article by spring 2017 lecturer Bryan Massingale, STD
He lectured at Saint Mary's on March 22.

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.