Past Events

An archive of past Catholic Center events and lectures:

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).

    Mindfulness in Psychotherapy from a Catholic Perspective

    A conversation with Dr. Bryan Violette about the best methods of therapeutic intervention

    Tuesday, December 8, 7pm
    The Catholic Center at NYU
    Refreshments will be served

    Sponsored by the Institute for Psychological Sciences, a groundbreaking graduate school focused on integrating Catholic anthropology with clinical psychology. To learn more about the IPS, visit their homepage:

    This lovely autumn walk will pass delicious Village and West Village restaurants, ending with a lunch at the group's favorite place seen on the tour. 
    When: Saturday, November 21st at 12:00 p.m.
    Bring: money for lunch, scarves/sweaters for cold, and a big appetite. 
    RSVP to Jonathan at and feel free to bring friends outside of the Catholic Community for this delicious lunch! Sponsored by the Young Alumni Council.

    Live Performance of Adam and I
    Thursday, November 5th, 8 pm The Catholic Center at NYU. Free Admission.

    About Adam & I: Adam and Andrea Melia are a compellingly fresh young duo from Nashville, TN. They capture the unique energy of current American styles, while giving a joyful nod to the funds of the 50s, and 60s. Adam & I make a music all their own. The duo formed in 2011 and started releasing their music for free via NoiseTrade. 

    "Their songs have a vibe similar to The Civil Wars, Dawes, or Conor Oberst. If you’re looking for easy listening with a refreshingly deep message, Adam & I is for you." - Unsung Musicians

    The Story Behind the Secret Marriage of Schindler's List

    The Catholic Center at NYU is proud to host Clila and Hadasa Bau, daughters of Holocaust survivors Rebecca and Joseph Bau. 

    Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
    The Catholic Center at NYU
    238 Thompson Street

    Rebecca and Joseph Bau are the original couple whose wedding is featured in the film, Schindler's List. They met inside the Plashow Concentration Camp and Joseph smuggled himself, disguised as a woman, into the women's camp so they could be secretly married. Joseph, an artist, and Rebecca, a nurse and beautician, worked secretly to save hundreds of lives. In 1950, Joseph went on to have a successful career as an artist, graphic designer, author and poet, including a book about the humor and logic in the Hebrew language. The Bau sisters will be speaking about the many extraordinary events that happened to their parents, during and after the Holocaust. It is a story of love, courage, hope, humor, and saving lives. They will also show some of Joseph's art work. To learn more about them, visit: 

    The FEMM Solution

    Come and hear Weronika Janczuk, Director of Education for the World Youth Alliance (WYA), in an inspiring presentation on FEMM: Fertility Education and Medical Management. Learn more about FEMM, the women's reproductive healthcare that is revolutionizing how doctors and patients approach wellness—with informed choice and treatment options within the context of overall health.  You can be part of bringing this exciting new program to women in NYC. All students, faculty, community and medical professionals are cordially invited. 

    Monday, October 19, at 7pm
    The Catholic Center at NYU
    238 Thompson Street
    New York, NY 10012
    For more information about FEMM, visit their homepage

    Come and chill at the Catholic Center on Labor Day. Ice cream, live performances, and student testimonies about how to survive college with your soul in one piece.

    Welcome Week Events at the the Catholic Center at NYU

    Sunday, August 30: Start the year well by joining us for Sunday Mass at the historic St. Joseph's Church. The University student Mass is at 6pm. 

    Monday, August 31st: Join the Newman Club for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, with wonderful views of Manhattan. Meet at the Catholic Center at 2pm. 

    Tuesday, September 1st: Join the Newman Club for a tour of a couple of Manhattan's hotspots, Chelsea Market and the Highline. Meet at the Catholic Center at 12:30. 

    Wednesday, September 2nd: Beginning of the Year Welcome Mass at 5:15 pm. Join us for a special Mass of the Holy Spirit for the beginning of the new year, followed by a dinner in the common room (6:00 p.m.)...a great chance to get to know the Catholic Center.

    Thursday, September 3rd: Join the Newman Club at 7pm for a "taste of the village" - a free dinner featuring food from some of the local favorite eateries. 

    Friday, September 4th: Join the Newman Club for a trip to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Meet at the Catholic Center at 2pm. 

    Sat July 25th and Sun July 26th
    The Catholic Center at NYU

    Conversing Conversion explores these events in history and hagiography: 500th anniversary of the birth of St.Philip Neri (July 21); 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri (May - June); 1000th anniversary Kievan-Russian martyrs SS.Boris and Gleb (July 24)

    Join these renowned speakers for a conference covering the historical-spiritual importance of the Greatest Poet in Italian History; the Eccentric Conversationalist of the Counter Reformation; the First Kiev-Rus Martyrs. What possible connections do they display? What lessons do they convey? Dante converses with the inhabitants of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. How do his conversations with sinners and saints lead him (and his readers) to “conversion”? His fellow Florentine, Philip Neri walked the streets of Rome striking up conversations with strangers who soon became fast friends. How did their penchant for conversation with God and one another lead to the transformation of Rome? Boris and Gleb were the sons of Prince Vladimir of Kiev whose conversion to Christianity meant the conversion of his nation. How did their shed blood seal the Christianization of the Kievan-Rus and inform Orthodox hagiography? Love and Life, Sin and Mercy, Imagination and Reason…Conversing Conversion.

    The Hermeneutic of Continuity in Sacred Art: 
    A lecture by the contemporary artist, Clemens Fuchs

    One Faith: East and West

    The 2015 Edward Cardinal Egan Lecture

    Mary Ann Glendon

    Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University

    Former Ambassador of the United States to the Holy See 

    Member, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

    Religious Freedom: 

    Yesterday, Today

    and Tomorrow
    New York University
    Catholic Center 
    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. 
    Catholic Center at New York University 
    Washington Square South 
    238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
    A reception will follow the lecture

    Third Annual Party for Graduating Students

    When: Sunday, May 10, after the 6pm Mass.
    Where: Rooftop of St. Joseph's (Rain location: Catholic Center at NYU)
    Who: All Are Welcome.
    Graduating students of all levels (undergraduate and graduate) are especially encouraged to attend!

    Hope for Syria:
    An Evening of Conversation with Archbishop Jeanbart of Aleppo

    You are cordially invited to spend an evening of prayer and conversation with Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, on April 28, 2015, here at the Catholic Center at NYU.

    The guest of Aid to the Church in Need His Excellency is visiting the U.S. to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian Christians and the suffering of Churches throughout the Middle East. He is here to tell the story of a flock trapped in a brutal civil war and threatened by ISIS and other jihadists.

    The evening will begin with a brief prayer service at 5:15pm and a talk by the Archbishop, followed by refreshments and a social hour that will give you the opportunity to meet and speak with the Archbishop in person. 

    Aquinas on Metaphysics and Morals

    Complete Schedule

    12:30 PM: Lecture 1: "Are There Failed Persons?" by Prof. John O'Callaghan of the University of Notre Dame
    1:30 PM: Break, with refreshments
    2:00 PM: Lecture 2:  “Aquinas's metaphysics and the non-Aristotelian character of Aquinas's ethics,” by Prof. Eleanor Stump of St. Louis University
    3:00 PM: Break, with refreshments
    3:30: PM: Lecture 3: "Turning to Aquinas on Virtue," Prof. Candace Vogler of the University of Chicago
    4:30 PM: Break, with refreshments
    5:00 PM: Lecture 4: "To Be Good is To Do the Truth: Reality, Good, and the Primordial Conscience," by Prof. Reinhard Huetter of Duke Divinity School

    Catholic Stuff in 30 Minutes or Less

    Marriage: The Poetry of Every Day
    Tuesday, February 10th, at 7:00 pm, at the Catholic Center at NYU

    To see more past events from 2014, click HERE.