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

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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

Register Now for the Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination Conference! 

A Look Back: Past Event Highlight

Join author Kate Hennessy as she discusses her new book, 
Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of my Grandmother. 

Book reading, Q&A, and signing,Dorothy
with a simple reception to follow.

Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.
O’Hare Special Collections Room, 4th Floor, 
Walsh Library, Rose Hill Campus

Sponsored by 
The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice and The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

“The greatest challenge of the day is:
 how to bring about a revolution of 
the heart, a revolution which has 
to start with each one of us.”


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