In addition to courses for college credit, the Institute for Faith and Culture also hosts free one hour seminars during the week for students seeking to learn more about their faith. Although they are designed for college students, they are open to the public and are accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths.


Fall 2019

Life in Christ. A Walk through Catholic Social Teaching

SUNDAYS @ 6:45 Pm w/Dr. Murray

Drawing on the third part of the Catechism, Dr. Murray will discuss the key aspects of Catholic Social Teaching. Using a socratic method, Dr. Murray will be debating (himself) on controversial issues to help the students understand every aspect of these important topics.

Natural Law: What Is It and Why Do We Need It?

Tuesdays @ 6:00pm w/prof. Kirk

By walking through the book, 50 Questions on the Natural Law, a very accessible overview by Charles Rice, Prof. Kirk will introduce participants to the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas on the natural law (that is, a law built into the nature of man and knowable by human reason), including how the natural law applies to contemporary controversial issues.

Adulting: Life Lessons with Dr. Murray and Prof. Kirk

Thursdays @ 1:00PM

Join Dr. Murray and Prof. Kirk for a wide-ranging, laid-back discussion on the trend of “adulting” and what it means for young people who desire to “give up childish ways” and seek human maturity. Topics will be drawn from the preferences of seminar participants, and may range from practical “how to” sessions on performing grown-up duties to deeper reflection on broader themes, such as growing in moral virtue, being an effective communicator, practicing balanced self-care, living well in community, etc.


About Institute Seminars

All seminars hosted by the St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture are free and open to the public. People of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend seminars. While there are no prerequisites and each seminar can stand on its own, students involved in seminars are invited to explore completion of our Catholic Studies Certificate.