Center for Spirituality

Center for Spirituality


Founded in 1984 with generous support from the Sisters of the Holy Cross, 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 include: annual fall and spring lecture series on designated themes; the Madeleva Lecture given annually by a prestigious female scholar of religion; and for students, 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

Women of the Church: A Catholic Leadership Conference
October 18-20, 2019

Join us this October to examine how women’s leadership is a source of strength and knowledge. Imagine new possibilities for women as leaders in the Catholic Church. Get ready to be inspired, challenged, and strengthened! Details are available on the conference website.

Read interviews with our keynotes and conference organizer about this exciting, unique conference in the National Catholic Reporter, 

Click to read an excellent article published in America magazine on women in the Catholic Church


Monday, November 18, 7 p.m., Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall
Memory, Commitment and Solidarity: Maura Clarke and the Churchwomen of El Salvador as Models for Our Troubled Present 
Eileen Markey
Investigative journalist; Asst. Professor, Lehman College, City University of New York

Four decades after their deaths, the lessons of churchwomen of El Salvador's lives offer clarity and instruction for our contemporary struggles for justice. Eileen Markey, author of A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sr. Maura, will reflect on how the acts of remembrance and commemorating, understanding the particular and specific work of the churchwomen can illuminate our present and help light a future. 

Free and open to the public. 



Past CFS lectures are now available to watch from your computer. Click on Lecture Videos to see our online offerings.

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