The Vincentian Center for Church and Society through its Vincentian Chair of Social Justice, its Religion and Science project and its evolving Poverty Institute, encourages interdisciplinary research. In collaboration with the Deans and with a team of faculty, the Center has adopted the following focus for its Vincentian research.
“In keeping with the Vincentian tradition of concern for the poor and marginalized in society, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at identifying and responding to the causes of poverty and social injustice, especially in urban areas. The Center encourages solutions which are adaptable, effective and concrete, and which embody the spirit of compassion and service exemplified by the life of St. Vincent de Paul. The Center supports research which can contribute to effective public policy initiatives and which can enlighten public discourse.”
The Center facilitates and supports research, colloquia, lectures, film study series, conversations and conferences which focus on the Vincentian vision and which live out the Catholic University’s responsibility to continue the Catholic intellectual tradition through rigorous research and respectful dialogue.
A team of Center Fellows appointed for specific terms from the various colleges assists the Center staff and relates to the greater faculty community. Each year a publication presents a selection of projects sponsored or coordinated through the Vincentian chair.