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Young Catholic Leaders Initiative: On Reconciling Science and Religion

Register for the Inaugural Workshop of the Young Catholic Leaders Project on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The first session, On Reconciling Science & Religion, will take place on Monday November 14th*, featuring two keynote lectures by world-renowned Catholic scientists and speakers, breakout seminars with peers and Collegium Institute facilitators, an interactive activity on science-faith-and-modern film, and a panel discussion on vocations in science, medicine, and engineering, along with a special Gold Mass for Catholic Scientists at midday!

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Light Dinner included with registration.

Not only for students with STEM interests, this workshop is geared toward all advanced high school students seeking to become Catholic leaders who are able to appreciate the harmonious relationship between the faith and the sciences. Registration will be limited. Preference will be given to Junior and Seniors who register by the deadline of Friday, March 13th. The system may close before either date if the program already has reached capacity.

After registration and breakfast, Dr. Daniel Cheely will kick off the day’s events with opening remarks on the mission of the Collegium Institute and his vision for the Young Catholic Leaders Initiative. Dr. Cheely is the Executive Director of the Collegium Institute, Resident Senior Fellow of the Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania and Lecturer in Penn’s History Department.

Following Dr. Cheely’s remarks, Prof. Stephen Barr, President of the Society for Catholic Scientists and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Unversity of Delaware, will give his keynote lecture at 9:45am. Breakout discussions will follow the lecture, after which there will be a Gold Mass for Catholic Scientists at St. Agatha-St. James Church at 12:15pm (click here to read more about the Gold Mass).

There will be a lunch reception immediately after the Gold Mass for Catholic Scientists. After lunch, at 2:00pm Dr. Marisa Cristina March, a cosmologist from Imperial College London and senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead an interactive workshop on the topic of science and faith as presented in film.

At 3:15pm, Professor Peter Dodson, Professor of Anatomy at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine as well as Professor of Paleontology at Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, will deliver his keynote lecture, followed by breakout discussions.

Finally, at 5:30pm there will be a panel discussion on the Vocation of Catholic Scientists, Engineers, and Medical Professionals moderated by Prof. Janice Chik, Barry Foundation Fellow and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Collegium Institute’s Young Catholic Leaders Initiative is co-sponsored by the Penn Catholic Newman Center and the Society for Catholic Scientists and is made possible by a generous grant from the Connelly Foundation. 

Please see below for the link to RSVP and the full schedule of events. 

*Due to the coronavirus outbreak and restrictions, this event is being postponed until November 14th 2020. More details will be announced when available.