Science, Creation, & the Catholic Imagination

Feb 23, 2019
Swift Hall
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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  • Faith and Reason
  • Creation and Cosmology
  • The Catholic Imagination

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Have you ever wondered if science and religion can co-exist? Or whether it is rational (or irrational) to believe in God? How can the story of Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis be reconciled with the Big Bang? Or with evolution? What does The Lord of the Rings have to do with Jesus? And what exactly is hillbilly thomism?

The intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church has been asking (and answering!) questions of this kind for two thousand years. If you are interested in discussing these questions with college professors, graduate students, and other high schoolers from all over Chicagoland, register below.

Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, the Archdiocese of Chicago Vocation Office, Relevant Radio, St. Ignatius College Prep, the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, Fenwick High School, and the Theology Club. This program is made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Open to current high school students. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included. For any parents and chaperones who will be present, an optional lunchtime event will be held nearby at Gavin House (1220 East 58th Street) at 12:00pm.  Lunch will be provided.  If you are interested in participating in this lunchtime event, please indicate it on the registration page. Need-based scholarships are available upon request. Please contact us with any questions about this program.

A day-long conference for high school students to provide an introduction to the Catholic vision of intellectual life and culture. Students will listen to lectures by expert scholars, participate in break-out group discussions, meet and socialize with other high school students, and attend mass. More info, including a detailed schedule will be available soon.



9 - 9:45 | Registration and Breakfast in Swift Common Room

9:45 – 10 | Opening Prayer

10 - 11 | Session 1: Lecture on Faith and Reason with Prof. Meghan Sullivan

11 - 11:15 | Break

11:15 - 12:15 | Session 2: Lecture on Cosmology and Creation with Fr. John Kartje

12:30 - 1:15 | Lunchtime discussion session

1:30 - 2:30 | Session 3: Lecture on the Catholic Imagination with Prof. Michael Murphy

2:45 – 3:15 | Scavenger Hunt*

3:15 – 4:15 | Afternoon discussion session

4:30 - 5:30 | Mass in Bond Chapel (this anticipatory mass fulfills the Sunday obligation)

5:30 - 6:30 | OPTIONAL closing reception

Parents and chaperones are invited to a lunchtime discussion with Dr. Chris Baglow of Notre Dame's Mcgrath Institute for Church Life, to be held at Gavin House (1220 E. 58th St).