Preaching with the Sciences

Welcome to the Preaching with the Sciences homily outline library featuring the first fruits of an extraordinary initiative, made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.


Across the next year, this free online resource will grow to feature more than 100 homily outlines for preaching key Sundays and feast days across the 3-year lectionary cycle. These homily outlines highlight some of the ways sciences and the contemporary search for religious meaning can interface. These homiletic resources will influence thousands of preachers seeking help each week in crafting sermons and helping to shape a scientifically informed religious imagination among future preachers.

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The Preaching with the Sciences initiative is directed by Edward Foley, Capuchin, Duns Scotus Professor Emeritus of Spirituality at CTU and Founding Director of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program.

Featured Homily Outlines

March 26, 2023
Lectionary 34      Ezek 37:12-14 (The Lord promises to raise the dead back to life and fill them with his Spirit)      Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (With the Lord…
April 06, 2023
Lectionary 39: Exod 12:1-8, 11-14 Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 1 Cor 11:23-26 John 13:1-15   Possible preaching themes: Gospel: The dramatic and surprising example of Christ as a humble…
April 07, 2023
Lectionary 40: Isa 52:13-53:12 [An account of the servant’s suffering] Ps 32:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 [Father, into your hands I commend my spirit] Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9 [Jesus, the…

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Infusing homiletics with insights
from the natural and human sciences
holds great potential for stimulating
spiritual progress in word and action.

Edward Foley, Capuchin



Prof. Veerabhadran Ramanathan

November 2020

Dr. Marina Cords

December 2020

Prof. Michael Spezio

January 2021

Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase

February 2021

Kathleen Beavis, MD

March 2021


Edward Foley, Capuchin
Duns Scotus Professor Emeritus of Spirituality
Founding Director of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program

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