Preaching with the Sciences

A primary way Roman Catholics explore their faith and nourish their spirituality is by participating in Sunday Mass and actively engaging in the homily. However, few preachers explicitly connect faith or spirituality with science. This grant gathers scientists and leading homileticians to explore the positive contributions science can make to preaching, and consequently contribute to more contemporary modes of believing. Such contributions are grounded in the rich imaginations that scientists bring to their work as well as in scientific discoveries that have a potential for revealing religious truths and even shedding new insight on ancient teachings and beliefs.

The Preaching with the Sciences grant gathers leading scientists and homileticians to explore the positive contributions science can make to preaching, and consequently contribute to more contemporary modes of believing.

 

With guidance from world-renowned scientists with differing areas of expertise, a select number of homileticians will draft homily outlines for preaching key Sundays and feast days across the 3 year lectionary cycle. Over 100 homily outlines will highlight some of the way’s sciences and the contemporary search for religious meaning can interface. These free homiletic resources have the potential to influence thousands of preachers seeking help each week in crafting sermons and helping to shape a scientifically informed religious imagination among future preachers.

Program Director

Edward Foley, Capuchin

Duns Scotus Professor Emeritus of Spirituality
Professor of Liturgy and Music
Founding Director of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program

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Webinars

Prof. Veerabhadran Ramanathan

November 2020

Dr. Marina Cords

December 2020

Prof. Michael Spezio

January 2021

Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase

February 2021

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

Edward Foley, Capuchin

Scientists

Homilists

 

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

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