About The Institute

Welcome to the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. 

Established to create dialogue, spark ideas, inspire deep thinking, and support important and profound interdisciplinary, interfaith research rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition.

A Journey from Atheism to Catholicism

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - In 2012, writer, blogger, intellectual (she’s a graduate of Yale) and avowed atheist Leah Libresco stunned her readers by announcing she was converting to Catholicism.
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Can We Be Good Without God

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - Mr. Bart Campolo, a secular humanist dedicated to helping people who do not believe in God live a full and meaningful life, will enter into a conversation with Fr. James Heft about whether believing in God makes a difference in how we live our lives. [VIEW VIDEO...]

Love Divine: Erotic Desires in Christian Mysticism

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - Prof. David Albertson of USC’s School of Religion examines how love, desire, and erotic experiences were explored by Christian mystics in ways that stretch our imagination.
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Is the Reformation Over?

CONDON LECTURE SERIES - Prof. Mark Schwehn and Fr. Heft talk about the significance of the Protestant Reformation 500 years later.
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TOUCHPOINT

August 2017

Thinking and Believing

I am sometimes referred to as a “hyphenated priest”, as in a priest-professor. Because of that dual identity, I often have dual experiences. For example, when I am at the university, I am often perceived as conservative; but when I’m in a parish, I am often perceived as liberal. Despite these differing and often contradictory labels, I think I am just one person with a single identity.

Event Videos

Videos from past events.