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.


tree of lifeThursday April 27 -

Saturday April 29, 2017

Fordham University
Lincoln Center



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

Latino/a Cultures in the U.S. Series Lecture 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 6 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge, Corrigan Conference Center 
Fordham University Rose Hill

Presented by MT Davila

  • Associate Professor of Christain Ethics at Andover Newtown 

A Look Back: Past Event Highlight

Fordham Reads Dantedante
Inferno -- Canto IV 

Tuesday, November 29 | 5.30 p.m.
Faber Hall 568
Fordham University Rose Hill

Presented by Matthew McGowan from the Classics Department and Alessandro Polcri

Matthew McGowan from the Classics Department will take us to the Limbo to meet the great souls of the poets and philosophers of antiquity. Come enjoy his reading (in English) and Alessandro Polcri's recite of the canto in Italian.

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures the Center for Medieval Studies, Italian Poetry Review and the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies


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