College of Fellows
The College of Fellows: Helping DSPT and the Church Engage Contemporary Culture
To preach effectively in our culture, we must be conversant not only with the traditional disciplines of philosophy and theology but also with contemporary issues in secular society.
The issues that we must engage – whether ideas or realities – are found in a variety of disciplines of human endeavor. Conversation and discernment in relation to various disciplines (such as politics, government, law, economics, business, the sciences, bio-medical research, technology, media, and the arts) is therefore vital. To address this need, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology under the leadership of its President, Michael Sweeney, OP, initiated the College of Fellows.
The College of Fellows is comprised of lay Catholics of eminence in their fields. Fellows offer analyses of contemporary issues with respect to their area of competence, present colloquia to supplement the School’s curriculum, illumine issues, questions, and problems where more probing philosophical and theological consideration is necessary, model collaboration of lay experts in the mission of the Church, and offer guidance to interested students. In their discussions and presentations, the Fellows are enriched by their conversation together, even as they contribute to the mission of the School. The College of Fellows also engages contemporary culture by participating as a body in conversations with leaders and intellectuals. Finally, by reflecting on the Catholic faith in the light of their secular vocations, DSPT Fellows contribute to the Church’s understanding of her secular mission, and are offered a forum to influence that mission through the education of leaders in the Church and the academy.
The College of Fellows officially gathers twice a year: