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Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

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 the 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.

15th Anniversary Celebration

Honoring: Mark S. Massa, S.J., Founding Director, Curran Center

Thursday, 4 June 2020
McGinley Center Ballroom
Rose Hill Campus
Cocktails | 6:30 p.m.
Dinner | 7:15 p.m.

Dress: Business Attire

Honorary Co-Chairs: Constance A. Curran and Ruth C. Lipper

Please register by Monday, 27 April 2020.

“The Curran Center awakened me to a Catholic culture that I had not been fully conscious of and helped me to see myself as an inheritor of its rich history of art, philosophy, and activism—all products of a quintessentially Catholic, radically transformative, and imaginative perspective.”
—Joseph Sullivan, FCLC '19

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 Events

Jazz is Love: The Life & Music of Mary Lou Williams
Presented and performed by Deanna Witkowski
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
5:30PM, Butler Commons, Duane Library, Rose Hill Campus

The Sexual Dynamics of Modern Catholicism
Presented by Robert Orsi (Northwestern University)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
5:30PM, Tognino Hall, Duane Library, Rose Hill Campus

A Look Back: Past Event Highlight

Cuéntame: How Women's Storytelling Shapes the Future of the Church
15th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture presented by Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College
Tuesday, November 5, 6PM