Catholic Intellectual Tradition

A Primer for the St. Mary’s Community

Inscribed in the heart of every single human person is the desire to discover the Truth. This desire includes understanding one’s experience and the basic human goods or values of life, but more importantly, it seeks to understand the fundamental questions of life: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I called to do?

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) is a lens by which we respond to these human yearnings for truth. It is a rich and diverse tradition of enquiry which has sought to answer these profound questions through the philosophical, theological, and cultural contributions of Catholic thought in its 2,000 years of Christian history. Rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, the CIT seeks to integrate faith, reason, and culture, in fostering a holistic approach to understanding God, the world, and our own humanity.

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition permeates all of our work at St. Mary’s in the following ways:  

At St. Mary’s University, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition is reflected in our integrated approach to learning which must promote the betterment of our community. Students will be challenged to explore the connections between faith and reason, while fostering a deeper understanding of their respective fields of study that remains rooted in a moral and ethical context. As a community of scholars, students, staff, supporters, and alumni grounded in this tradition, St. Mary’s is committed to the on-going pursuit of Truth, Wisdom, and Knowledge in a spirit of mutual respect and service that seeks to further the common good.

Want to learn more? Click here to read some faculty reflections on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Ways that the Catholic Intellectual Tradition is embodied at St. Mary’s University:

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