Science and Faith in Seminary Formation                                For College and Pre-Theology Programs

Welcome to our website! It is here that you will find information about a seminary science project that has as its goal introducing and, in some cases, strengthening science in the pre-theology and college programs of Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States. Here, too, is information about $10,000 grants we are able to offer for the development and implementation of science courses – an initiative generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

The impetus for this project is the impressive output of official Church documents (see our “documents” link for a sampling) – in addition to voluminous statements of Pope John Paul II on the value of scientific knowledge, and more recently, of Pope Francis – that strongly support a recovery and reintegration of science in the seminary intellectual formation program. It’s true that the importance of scientific literacy in seminary formation is not a new insight in the Roman Catholic Church but it has gained substantial momentum since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).

This proposal is founded on the strength provided by the Church’s own mandate for itself in its recent documents. The Planning Team involved in this project think this proposal offers seminaries the support needed to attain the vision that has already been set by the magisterium.

The planning team consisting of Rev. Thomas M. Dragga, Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, Dr. Nicholas Santilli and Dr. Kristen Tobey join me in encouraging you to read the Announcement page on this site for further details – and to email us with questions, comments or for more information. (See Planning Team page for emails).

The staff at John Carroll University is also available to assist you:

Doris Donnelly, Ph.D., Project Director – ddonnelly@jcu.edu
Dr. Nicholas Santilli – santilli@jcu.edu
Kristen Tobey, Ph.D. – ktobey@jcu.edu

We all look forward to your participation in a project that will allow seminarians to engage the bigger questions of science that are naturally a part of theological inquiry and pertinent to contemporary Christians who live in a world deeply influenced, if not dominated, by science and technology.