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Development Update


CACS Gets a New Name and Launches a Study

The Center for American Catholic Studies will be rededicated as The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies on Oct. 21. A gift from longtime Fordham supporters John P. Curran, Ph.D. (PH ’66), and his wife Constance Francis in honor of Dr. Curran’s parents, will support the center’s effort to delve into contemporary Catholic issues.

The Center was founded in 2001 to promote serious intellectual dialogue between Catholics and believers from other faith traditions, and for the academic study of broad faith and culture questions. Since then, the Center has hosted several lectures and symposia. In 2002, the Center began a conference series, which was also made possible by an endowment from the Currans.

“Given the difficulties the American Catholic Church faces,” said Dr. Curran, “the formation of the Center is not only timely, but appropriate to help the Church, the priests and the laity to go forward in each one’s understanding of what this Church should look like in the future.”

With the Currans’ support, the Center will undertake a three-year study of the future of the Catholic community in the United States. The study will examine generational issues as they relate to Catholic identity and practice, and promising models of leadership in the American Church. It will also help define the role of American Catholic studies as an emerging academic enterprise.

— Andrea Marais

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