CSJ Chair

The Sisters of St. Joseph Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought

Current Chair

Dr. Brian Matz

Previous Chairs

Dr. Randall S. Rosenberg, 2011-2013

Dr. Jill Raitt, 2008-2011

Dr. Donald Burgo, 2006-2008, Inaugural CSJ Chair

Activities of the CSJ Chair

CSJ Chair Annual Lecture

Each year, the holder of the CSJ Chair is invited to give a lecture on a topic of recent research to the Fontbonne community: 

  • Mar. 22, 2018: Repentance and Penance in the History of Christianity
  • Mar. 21, 2017: When Wealthy People Became Thieves: The Challenge of Private Property in the Christian Tradition
  • Mar. 27, 2016: Catholic Thought in the Academy since the Carolingian Renaissance

Other Sponsored Programming

  • Sister Annette Moran (CSJ) Faculty Forum
    Twice each semester, the CSJ Chair hosts a gathering of Fontbonne faculty to hear about the published research of one of our colleagues.
  • Cultural Conversations: Reading the Signs of the Times
    Twice each semester, the CSJ Chair convenes a lunch for students, faculty and staff (max 25 at each conversation) to discuss an event currently in the news but which merits deeper analysis. Each conversation is facilitated by a faculty member with some expertise in the news topic.
  • Latino/Hispanic Union
    The current holder of the CSJ Chair serves as faculty co-advisor to the LHU group at Fontbonne.
  • Fontbonne Heritage Week Celebration: “I Love CSJs Week”
    The CSJ Chair, in partnership with campus offices interested in the university’s mission and heritage, co-hosts events every March (during National Catholic Sisters Week) that celebrate the work of The Sisters of St. Joseph both here at Fontbonne and around the world.
  • Miscellaneous programming throughout the academic year in support of Office of Mission Integration and Office of Campus Ministry
  • Conversations on Religion and the Humanities
    Donald Burgo on David Tracy (Contemporary Catholic American Theologian)
    Loretta Costa, C.S.J. on Flannery O’Connor (Catholic Novelist and Short Story Writer)
    Listen to these conversations here.

Lectures at Other Institutions

    • Dec. 2018: KU Leuven
    • Sept. 2018: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Apr. 3, 2018: “Does Loving Your Neighbor Require Giving them Healthcare?” Religion and Politics Lecture Series, Lindenwood University
    • Feb. 21, 2018: “Wayward Wealth and the Patristic Critique.” Popes and Patristics Lecture Series, Carroll College (Helena, MT)
    • Sep, 29, 2017: “Paenitentiam agite: The Historical Development of Christianity’s Theology of Repentance.” Francis Schaeffer Institute Annual Lecture, Covenant Seminary
    • Mar. 23, 2017: “When Wealthy People Become Thieves: The Challenge of Private Property in the Christian Tradition.” St. Thomas Aquinas Annual Lecture, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    • Sep. 24, 2016: “The Jesuits at St. Mary’s Mission in the 1840s.” 175th Anniversary Celebration of St. Mary’s Mission, Stevensville, Montana
    • Sep. 23, 2016: “Introducing Montana to Non-Montanans: Jesuit Letter Collections, 1830-1880.” Keynote Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Montana Historical Society’s State History Conference.
    • Mar. 15, 2015: “How Much is Enough? Private Property in the Christian Tradition.” Neumann University

Carondelet Lecture Series

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Chair in Catholic Thought invites to the Fontbonne campus scholars who address subjects at the intersection of Catholic thought and contemporary culture. The lecture series typically includes additional programming, such as panel discussions and student-oriented events, before and after the main lecture.

Previous Lectures

  • 2018: “Sexuality, Hookup Culture and Catholic Social Teaching” by Dr. Jason King (Saint Vincent College)
  • 2017: “Shifts in Catholic Self-Perception from the Reformation to an Ecumenical Age” by Dr. Susan K. Wood, SCL (Marquette University)
  • 2016: “Latinos, Latino Catholics and the ‘Catholic Vote’ in 2016” by Dr. Luis Fraga (University of Notre Dame)
  • 2015: “To Achieve Human Dignity… 50 Years with Nostra Aetate and Dignitatis Humanae” by Rabbi Steve Futow, Dr. Michael Kinnamon, Dr. Sayyid Syeed and Fr. John Pawlikowski
  • 2014: “Unconscious Racial Bias and the Challenge of Solidarity: Catholic Social Teaching Post-Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and…” by Rev. Bryan N. Massingale
  • 2013: “Plenitude: Toward a Sustainable Economy and the Good Life” by Dr. Juliet Schor (Boston College)
  • 2012: “Faithful Citizenship: A Forum on Religious and Public Life” with R. R. Reno, Julie Rubio, William Cavanaugh and John Langan, S.J.
  • 2011: “Disability: An Attempt to Think ‘With’” by Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University)
  • 2011: “Walter Ong, S.J.: His Life and Work Lecture” by Dr. Jerry Harp (Lewis and Clark College)
  • 2010: “African American Culture and Happiness” by Dr. Shawn Copeland
  • 2009: “Quest for the Living God” by Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ
  • 2008: “Remembering Where We Came From: American Catholics and Global Development” by Margaret O’Brian Steinfels
  • 2007: “Exploring the Jewish/Christian Dialogue” by Bishop Wilton D. Gregory
  • 2006: “Mega-Trends in Catholicism: Ten Forces Turning the Catholic Church Upside Down” by John L. Allen Jr.
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