1. Understanding Catholicism: Spring 2017

    Protestants and Catholics

    2017 is the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. How serious are the differences […]

    March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Condon Lecture Series: Spring 2017

    Can We Be Good Without God?

    Mr. Bart Campolo, a secular humanist dedicated to helping people who do not believe in […]

    March 28 @ 7:00 pm
  3. Condon Lecture Series: Spring 2017

    A Journey from Atheism to Catholicism

    In 2012, writer, blogger, intellectual (she’s a graduate of Yale) and avowed atheist Leah Libresco […]

    April 5 @ 7:00 pm

Love Divine: Erotic Desires in Christian Mysticism

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.


Is the Reformation Over?

Prof. Mark Schwehn and Fr. Heft talk about the significance of the Protestant Reformation 500 years later.


Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

In 1959, when I was still in high school, I read Night, by Elie Wiesel. After finishing the book, I remember thinking to myself, “how could anyone get through all that he did and still have any hope?” [Read more...]

The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC presents

An Interfaith Journey to the Holy Land

9 Days: Saturday, June 10 to Sunday, June 18, 2017

Under the Leadership of: Rev. James L. Heft, S.M.
Coordinator: Martha Tapias Mansfield

Click here for brochure and info.

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, the Institute is dedicated to the idea that an ongoing examination of our world from a Catholic perspective is a mission infinitely valuable to both Catholics and the broader public.

The Institute is dedicated to developing a distinctive intellectual capital through the study and application of the long and rich Catholic intellectual tradition — a tradition that includes not only brilliant theologians and philosophers, but also scientists, social scientists, historians, poets, writers, artists, architects and musicians. The Institute promotes understanding, critiquing, and developing Catholic intellectual life for the service not only of the Church, but all religions, especially as it dedicates itself to the common good.

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