Faith In Fiction 2019


This summer we’ll dive together into a fictional world to explore a central text in the tradition of our Faith & Fiction summer program.

After consulting with the Collegium community, the winner for this summer’s novel of choice is:

Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin 

“Love, faith, and a quest for atonement are the driving themes of an epic, prizewinning Russian novel that, while set in the medieval era, takes a contemporary look at the meaning of time… With flavors of Umberto Eco and The Canterbury Tales, this affecting, idiosyncratic novel … is an impressive achievement.”

If you’d like to join in the conversation, just email Jess to RSVP and to secure your free copy of the book at


We’ll have copies available here in the office at 3814 Walnut St., so feel free to email and come by to grab your copy!



Wednesdays | 5:15 – 6:30pm






Fisher Bennett Hall, Room 222

Christ in the City Summer 2019


As part of the Christ in the City Summer of Service in Philadelphia, Collegium Institute will be running their Intellectual Formation Seminar. This seminar consists of two week-long courses on Catholic Social Thought and the New Evangelization, which are open to students in the area who may be interested in these subjects. 


May 29 & 31 | 10:00 – 11:30 am
Dr. John Buchmann on Catholic Social Thought

June 5 & 7 | 10:00 – 11:30 am
Dr. Rebecca Cherico on the New Evangelization


Penn Catholic Newman Center

Basement of St. Agatha & St. James Church


If you would like to RSVP to attend or have any questions, please send an email to Philippe Becker at

2019 Alumni Weekend Brunch

The Penn Catholic Newman Community and Collegium Institute welcome all alumni, family, and friends to join us for brunch and festivities, immediately following the Sunday Mass for alumni.

Our keynote speaker for this year’s Alumni Brunch will be Tim Reckart, an American animator and director based in Los Angeles, specializing in puppet stop motion. He is best known for his 2012 film Head over Heels, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2013. Most recently he was director of The Star, an animated film about the Nativity featuring Oprah Winfrey and Gina Rodriguez, which received a Golden Globe nomination, amongst other accolades.

Tour the new Newman facility and see plans for the fall expansion and hear the latest news about plans for our 125th Anniversary as the first Newman Center in the country, which will include a Newman Conference in October of 2019, co-sponsored by the Collegium Institute.

Enjoy a convivial meal, reconnect with friends, and meet the new members of the team!


Don’t forget to RSVP here!


9:00 am        Morning Mass at Sts. Agatha and James Church


10:00 am      Brunch Reception in the Lower Level of Church,

featuring a keynote on “The Catholic Artist,”  by Tim Reckart

Catholicism After the Crisis

Date & Time

Wed, May 8, 2019
6:00 PM


Penn Club of New York 

30 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036


Catholicism After the Crisis: Historical Reflections and Current Strategies for Governance, Reform, and Renewal

Collegium Institute’s Fifth Annual Penn Club of New York Reception


R. R. Reno, Editor of First Things magazine

John O’Malley SJ, University Professor of Theology, Georgetown University

Bronwen Catherine McShea, Associate Research Scholar, James Madison Program of Princeton University


$25 for Students

$55 Early Bird (until 4/24)

$70 General

*Cocktails/Hors D’oeuvres included