Center for Theological and Spiritual Formation (CTSF)

CTSF is an umbrella organization through which CCAS creates and delivers programs and resources which provide opportunities for theological inquiry and spiritual growth that:

  • Encourage a large percentage of Stanford University’s population to achieve an adult appropriation of the faith
  • Offer a broad spectrum of Catholic thought that is nuanced and robust so that they can navigate with integrity the complex society we live in
  • Help our constituents dialogue effectively with the academy about the Catholic faith and spiritual tradition
  • Are part of an intentional multi-layered approach that provides many ways students can choose to be engaged, both online and on the ground
  • Enhance the understanding that CCAS is a significant presence in and contributor to the life of the Stanford University community.

Offerings for 2013-2014

Newman Nights

Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00PM, beginning October 8, 2013
Sanctuary, Old Union, Stanford Campus

Newman Nights is a program designed to form the faith of the Catholic Community at Stanford University. Ninety minutes long, it consists of a forty-five minute lecture followed by break-out groups for further theological reflection. These break-out groups include RCIA, Adult Confirmation, Young Adults, Undergrads, Grads, Permanent Community. Please see our separate listing under Newman Nights for a Schedule of talks and speakers.

This Newman Nights program fulfills the needs of RCIA which begins on October 1, 2013, and Adult Confirmation which begins January 14, 2014. Although the overall list of the topics is informed by the needs of RCIA and the Adult Confirmation program, they are simultaneously designed so that anyone can simply drop-in as well. Come for one! Come for a quarter! Come for any you would like! All are welcome.

Winter Quarter Workshop: Called & Gifted

Friday, February 7, 2014 7:00PM-9:00PM
Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:00AM-4:00PM
Location TBA

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire." -- St Catherine of Siena

Through Baptism and Confirmation, we are each called to a unigue vocation, and blessed by god with certain gifts or Charisms, not for our own use, but in the service to others. In this workshop we will learn how to discern our gifts and discover ways they may be used to build up the Kingdom.

Spring Quarter Course: Religion & Science in Dialogue: Possibilities & Future Directions

Religious Studies Department RELGST 28
Stanford Continuing Studies REL 84
Mondays 7:00pm-9:00pm
March 31, 2014–June 9, 2014 (except May 26)
Building 260, room 113

Are religion and science irreconcilable enemies, respectful conversation partners, or perhaps even necessary and complementary aspects of one and the same interpretation of human in the world? The course will explore these kinds of questions by introducing tools for pursuing a fruitful dialogue between religion and science, and analyzing specific contemporary issues in the academic field of religion and science. We will examine how the insights from the modern natural sciences (e.g., cosmology, quantum mechanics, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, and ecology) can be related to or address some religious issues and doctrines. Specific topics to be covered include the metaphysical foundations of the natural sciences, objective knowledge, the differences between religion and theology, ways of relating religion and science, the issues leading to the Galileo affair, the religious reception of Darwin, cosmology, “creation” and evolution, the notions of divine action and laws of nature, free will and biology, and the nature of religiosity understood scientifically. The course instructors, Professors Paul Crowley S.J. and Oliver Putz, both of Santa Clara University, will provide a framework for discussion. Guest speakers from Stanford, the Vatican Observatory, Santa Clara University, the University of Notre Dame, and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley will present various aspects of this fascinating topic. The course is offered both through the Department of Religious Studies (for students currently enrolled at Stanford) and through Stanford Continuing Education.
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What Is...
A brief discussion of Church history and governance. Arranged alphabetically, current topics include: Church Council, Curia, Ecumenical Councils, Papal Election, Papal Infallibility, Popes since Vatican I . Other topics will be added as you request them and as time permits.