In Former Times

An archive of past Catholic Center events and lectures:

Join the NYU student UN Initiative and the Catholic Center at NYU for 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. Join in on the discussion with one of Pope Francis’s personal representatives on topics such as climate change, poverty, Pope Francis, and the work of a UN representative!

The event will take place at 4pm, on Tuesday, May 9th in the Catholic Center at NYU (1st floor of GCASL).


A conference featuring:

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).



A lecture by Dr. John O’Callaghan

of the University of Notre Dame

Thursday, February 23, 2017

7:30 p.m.

The Catholic Center at NYU

238 Thompson Street


Reason and Interpretation in Catholic Thought



Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1-5pm



Khaled Anatolios (University of Notre Dame), Boyd Taylor Coolman (Boston College) and Bruce D. Marshall (Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine, Southern Methodist University




Sponsored by The Thomistic Institute



St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



The International Society for Medieval Hermeneutics



Join us for an information lecture luncheon on the dangers of assisted suicide, by Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., noted philosopher, author, and lecturer on the complementarity of science, faith, and philosophy.
Fr. Spitzer will give a brief lecture at 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch. Fr. Spitzer will also celebrate Mass before the event, at 12 noon, in the Catholic Center chapel.

Spiritual and Religious: Why We Owe God an Hour a Week

A lecture by Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P., S.T.M.

Monday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.

The Catholic Center at NYU

238 Thompson Street

Sponsored by the Catholic Center at NYU, and the Thomistic Institute

About the presenter: Fr. Romanus is a Dominican priest and professor of systematic theology at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, MA, as well as an associate editor of The Thomist, and Senior Editor of Magnificat. He has served as a fellow of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas since 1999. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to scholarship, Fr. Cessario received the degree of Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), the highest academic honor of the Order of Preachers, in 2013. Among his numerous works are Christian Faith and the Theological Life, A Short History of Thomism, and forthcoming from Fortress Press, Thomas and the Thomists.


Happiness Without Religion: A Philosophical Debate

The 2016 Cardinal Egan Lecture

Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P.

Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Not Born Bad: The Catholic Truth About Original Sin

Saturday, May 21, 2016

6:00 p.m. 

An Evening With Bishop Kukah, of Sokoto Nigeria

You are cordially invited to spend an evening of prayer and conversation with Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria, on Tuesday April 26, 2016, at 6pm.


The bishop is visiting the U.S. to raise awareness of the plight of Nigerian faithful living under the constant threat of Boko Haram, while also facing other forms of Islamist fundamentalism that threaten the Church’s freedom.


The evening will feature a talk by the bishop, as well as a panel discussion moderated by Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who will also be joined by Dr. Timothy Shah, associate director of the Religious Freedom project at Georgetown University; and Dr. Daniel Philpott, director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame. The evening will conclude with refreshments and a social hour that will give you the opportunity to meet and speak with the bishop in person.






A Launch Event for


Saturday, April 23, 2016
The Catholic Center at NYU
238 Thompson Street
12:30 p.m. Refreshments
1:00 p.m. “Understanding Adam and Eve with Faith and Reason,”
2:00 p.m. Break, with Refreshments
2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion with contributors
3:45 p.m. Mass with the Presenters
Cosponsored by the Thomistic Institute.


The Future of Catholicism in America
Spirit and Flesh: The Incarnation and Its Implications for Art
Fall 2015 – Spring 2016


In Need of Fresh Air: Catholic Social Thought and the Current Political Debate


Why We Need a God who Died

A Lenten Reflection by Br. Constantius Sanders, O.P.
Tuesday, March 1
7:30 p.m.
Thomistic Circles: 
The Wisdom of Aquinas



Courage International and the Catholic Center at NYU invite you to a screening of Desire of the Everlasting Hills, followed by a discussion about faith, love, and human sexuality.
Tuesday, February 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
The Catholic Center at NYU
238 Thompson Street
Admission is free. Food will be provided.
Desire of the Everlasting Hills received the Reel Rose Award for the People’s Festival Award during the 2015 John Paul II Inter-Faith Film Festival. To view the trailer, click here.
“We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy.”         – Pope Francis
Here are three portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality:


  • Dan, a gregarious artist who spent his life hiding a deep sense of isolation from those who loved him;


  • Rilene, a successful business woman who realized that after twenty-five years she had not found the fulfillment she hoped for;


  • and Paul, an international model who found grace in the last place he expected.


“The love of God is not generic. God looks with love upon every man and woman, calling them by name.” – Pope Francis

Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict
A lecture by Dr. Stephen Barr
Monday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Catholic Center at NYU
238 Thompson St.
Cosponsored by the Thomistic Institute


About Professor Barr: Stephen M. Barr is a professor of physics at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He does research in theoretical particle physics, with emphasis primarily on “grand unified theories” and the cosmology of the early universe, and is the author of the article on “Grand Unified Theories” for the Encyclopedia of Physics. In 2011, he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. He also writes and lectures extensively on the relation of science and religion.  In addition to his many scholarly articles and publications, many of his articles and reviews have appeared in First Things. He is the author of the book Modern Physics and Ancient Faith (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2003) and A Student’s Guide to Natural Science (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2006).
 To see more past events from 2015, click HERE