Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

Duane library

The Curran Center is located on the 2nd floor of Duane Library.

The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies advances knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American Catholicism within the academy and the church, and with the broader religious community and general public.

Our threefold mission is to:

  • Educate rising generations of religiously-informed citizens
  • Foster ecumenical, inter-religious, and interdisciplinary engagement with Catholic thought and practice
  • Promote informed and compassionate analysis of the critical religious and social issues of our time.

CST @ 125 Logo

In April 2016, The Curran Center Sponsored "Building Good Economies,"
a three-day interdisciplinary conference celebrating
the 125th anniversary of Catholic Social Teaching.

Opening Plenary Address and Public Forum

Prof. Hernando de Soto, Director
Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Lima, Peru

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Our Founders, Our Story

John and Connie Curran

In 2001, university president Rev. Joseph O'Hare, SJ, approached Rev. Mark Massa, SJ, about forming a center for the study of American Catholicism. In the following months, Fr. Massa set to work developing Fr. O'Hare's vision, in hopes of establishing a nationally-recognized hub for the study of American Catholic history, identity, and practice.

In 2004, John and Connie Curran expressed to Fr. Massa their interest in endowing the center, and the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, named in honor of John's parents, was born. Dedicated to advancing the Jesuit Catholic educational mission of the university, the Curran Center is a hub for many different types of events and programs, including public lectures, faculty seminars, major scholarly conferences, and an undergraduate concentration that, in the words of our students, shapes the way Fordham students "see and engage the world."

A Look Ahead: Upcoming Event

Quickness and Form, Absence and Being:
A Technical Approach to Inferno

Tuesday, September 13th | 6 p.m.
Corrigan Conference Center, 12th Floor
Fordham University Lincoln Center

Presented by
Professor Robert Pinsky, PhD

  • Former Poet Laureate of the U.S. (1997-2000)
  • Founder, Favorite Poem Project
  • Recipient of the Howard Morton Landon Prize for his best-selling translation of Dante’s Inferno
  • Award-winning author of Gulf Music, Jersey Rain, and other collections of poems and essays

A Look Back: Past Event Highlight

Beyond 'Authentically Black and Truly Catholic': Black Catholic Identity for a New Time
Black Catholic Cultures in the U.S. biennial lecture series
Presented by Rev. Bryan Massingale
Professor of Moral Theology, Marquette University
12th Floor Lounge | Lincoln Center Campus
Monday | February 22, 2016 | 6 p.m.

The phrase “authentically black and truly Catholic” was often used to describe the aspirations of black Catholics in the U.S. in the latter part of the 20th century. This lecture will examine black Catholic identity in light of challenges facing black people in 21st-century America, and advocate for a more prophetic understanding of black witness within the Catholic faith community.

The Rev. Bryan N. Massingale is a professor of theology at Marquette University. He specializes in Catholic social thought, African-American religious ethics, liberation theologies, and racial justice, focusing on the impact of religious faith as both an instrument of social injustice and a catalyst for social transformation. He is the author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, which received a first-place book award from the Catholic Press Association.

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