About us

1.15.16 erin brigham-8312The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought advances the scholarship and application of the Catholic intellectual and Ignatian traditions in the church and society with an emphasis on social concerns. Drawing upon the rich diversity of the university, the San Francisco Bay Area and the international Society of Jesus, we support research, teaching and public action to promote and engage Catholic social thought especially in response to contemporary issues.

Creating conversations on Catholic social thought

We coordinate roundtable discussions that bridge the academy, church and society. We offer public lectures and publish a book series featuring the latest scholarship on Catholic social thought.

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We coordinate book discussions on contemporary themes and debates in Catholicism during the summer and academic year.

Opportunities for Faculty

  • Grants for community-engaged scholarship
  • Interdisciplinary roundtable discussions
  • Opportunities to publish in the Lane Center book series
  • Resources for integrating Catholic social thought into research and teaching

Opportunities for Students

  • Post-Immersion seminar on social justice with directed study option
  • Catholic Social Thought offered through Theology & Religious Studies department each semester

Opportunities for Staff

  • Book discussions on contemporary issues in Catholicism
  • Events related to the Jesuit Catholic mission of USF