Past Events | 2017


The Virgin Mary, Full of Grace and Mother of God | December 9, 2017

The Second “Wisdom of Aquinas” Conference

Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P. | Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

You may listen to the two lectures on Soundcloud:

The Virgin Mary: Full of Grace

The Virgin Mary: Mother of God

The Divided Catholic Vision: Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson in the Shadow of Vatican II

with ROSS DOUTHAT | December 2, 2017

Ross Douthat is an  author, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and film critic for National Review. Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for He is the author of “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” published in 2012, and “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” (2005), and a co-author, with Reihan Salam, of “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream” (2008). Read his blog, Evaluations, and follow him on Twitter.

 You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here. 

ANGELS, DEMONS, AND AQUINAS : Exploring the Existence, Nature and Influence of Pure Spirits | November 11, 2017


 What Can Philosophy Tell Us About Angels?
Gregory Doolan, Ph.D.
Thinking Like Angels: the Spark of Reason and the Fire of Intellectuality
Fr. Raymund Snyder, OP
Angels, Demons, & Miracles: Aquinas on the Influence of Finite Spirits
Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP

Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute 

UNCOMMON GRACE: The Life of Flannery O’Connor November 3, 2017

Despite her premature death at age 39, Flannery O’Connor left behind one of the most haunting and strikingly original bodies of work in 20th Century literature. With the rural South as her backdrop, she brought to life a string of eccentric characters torn between their worldly ambitions and the need for a more enduring truth.

This film traces the people and events that shaped her remarkable career, as well as the important role that Catholicism played in her writing. Featuring expert commentary and rare photographs, Uncommon Grace will give you a new appreciation for this highly celebrated, yet often misunderstood, storyteller.

Watch the trailer here:

The Beauty of Faith: Sacred Art and the New Evangelization October 28, 2017


Dr. Jem Sullivan

“The Beauty of Faith | Sacred Art in the New Evangelization”

Dr. Sullivan is the Secretary for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Washington, and teaches at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  She is the author of the book The Beauty of Faith.

Sponsored by the Catholic Artists Society. You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here.

CHRIST HEALING AND PERFECTING: The Sacraments in the Christian Life | October 14, 2017

Fr. Dominic Langevin, OP (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception), presented the opening lectures for the annual Wisdom of Aquinas series at NYU with an afternoon considering St. Thomas Aquinas’s teaching on the sacraments, and our participation in the sacramental life.

You may listen to the lectures on Soundcloud here and here.

(Note that each lecture has a handout which can be downloaded.)

CATHOLIC ENVIRONMENTALISM: From Saint Augustine to Pope Francis | October 2, 2017

A lecture by Dr.Marie George

Marie I. George is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University, NY and author of Stewardship of Creation:  What Catholics should know about Church teaching on the environment (2009)

The lecture was co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute.

You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here.


What if there were a simple solution to world hunger? Mary’s Meals believes that solution is food, and education.

Mary’s Meals provides one good meal to some of the world’s poorest children every school day. By focusing on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education, Mary’s Meals changes lives, and undermines global poverty. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, is the CEO and founder of Mary’s Meals, and the author of The Shed that Fed a Million Children. In 2015, Magnus was one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people (with former UK prime minister Gordon Brown as author of the bio), and in 2010 Magnus was named one of CNN’s Heroes.The evening included a showing of their beautiful new film, Generation Hope, and then brief remarks by Magnus with time for Q and A. Learn more about Mary’s Meals here.


August 27 – September 3, 2017

Sunday, August 27th
6pm: Sunday Mass at the historic St. Joseph’s Church

Monday, August 28th
7 pm: Walk along the High Line

Tuesday, August 29th
2 pm: Scavenger hunt to explore campus 

Wednesday, August 30th
5:15 pm: Mass of the Holy Spirit for the beginning of the new year
6:00 pm: Welcome back dinner 

Thursday, August 31st
1:30 pm: Catholic Center trip to St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

Friday, September 1st
1:00 pm: 
The Catholic Center takes Central Park. A picnic and games in Central Park!

Sunday, September 3rd
6:00 pm: Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s Church 
7:00 pm: Taste of the Village Dinner:  Sponsored by the Newman Catholic Undergraduate Fellowship. 

AN EVENING WITH ARCHBISHOP BERNADITO AUZA, Apostolic Nuncio to the UN | May 9, 2017

The NYU student UN Initiative and the Catholic Center at NYU held a discussion with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, His Excellency The Most Reverend Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio to the UN.  Pope Francis’s personal representative spoke on topics such as climate change, poverty, the Pope, and the work of a UN representative!


Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception), Prof. Charles Kesler (Claremont McKenna College), and Prof. Nigel Biggar (Oxford University) and a panel consisting of Sherif Girgis (author of  What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense), Adrian Vermeule (Harvard University), Chad Pecknold (Catholic University of America) and Vincent Phillip Munoz (University of Notre Dame) discussed natural rights and  modern questions.

You may listen to the lectures on Soundcloud:

Do Thomists Have Rights? Does Anyone? – Fr. Dominic Legge, OP

“What’s the Problem with Rights?” Nigel Biggar

“Natural Rights & Public Right in the American Founding” – Charles Kesler

What Are Natural Rights? Concluding Panel – Chad Pecknold, Sherif Girgis and Adrian Vermeule


A lecture by Dr. John O’Callaghan of the University of Notre Dame

You may listen to the lecture on Soundcloud here.