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

June 04, 2023
Lectionary 166: Prov 8:22-31 [There is rejoicing in the created world.] Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!] Rom 5:1-5 [Hope…
June 11, 2023
Lectionary 167: Deut 8:2-3, 14b-16a Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 1 Cor 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 Possible preaching themes: When a small bit of yeast (leaven) is added to a mixture, it…
June 25, 2023
Lectionary 94: Jer 20 10-13 Ps 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 Rom 5:12-15 Matt 10:26-33 Possible preaching themes: Maintaining our mental Health God’s sustaining of the creation The human brain and…

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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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