Intellect
“Intellect unites us more firmly to Christ.”
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Intellect

Every year we host a variety of events and programs designed to educate our community not only about faith itself but also how to view issues through the lens of our Catholic faith. Past events included presentations on Pope Francis and the Environment; Islamic Theology; an Evening with Audrey Assad; Sports and Spirituality with Tommy LaSorda, and more. We offer several ongoing intellectual programs for students to join in on.

Credo program highlights

CREDO: Exploring Catholic Faith

In a series of evenings with scholars around Los Angeles, gain a 360-degree view of what we believe and how we live as Catholics in the modern world. Come ask all your questions in conversation with top Catholic thinkers.

Sessions:

  • Sunday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m.
    Hearing God Speak
  • Sunday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.
    Who Do You Say That I Am?
  • Sunday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Eucharistic Mystery
  • Sunday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Vine and the Branches
  • Sunday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Gift of Tradition
  • Sunday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
    Thinking with the Church

Nova Forum

The Nova Forum for Catholic Thought
at the University of Southern California

The Nova Forum is an initiative of the Roman Catholic community at USC to introduce students to the Catholic intellectual tradition, to share that tradition’s resources with the secular university, and to equip the next generation to sustain the tradition. Nova Forum is a joint enterprise of the Caruso Catholic Center and the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies.

Students interested in applying may do so by visiting our Nova Forum page or contact Professor David Albertson by email using the subject line "Nova Forum."

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Catholic Trojan Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program pairs Trojans in their junior and senior years with alumni currently working in their field of interest. While there are many mentorship programs available to USC students, our program is the only one that teaches how Catholic faith plays into ethical decisions in the workplace.

Students interested in applying, you can do so online. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Fr. Joe, OFM Conv. via email.

We welcome new mentors as well. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out this form. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Rose Ramirez via email.

Leadership Development

USC Caruso Catholic Center student leaders serve as models for our entire Catholic Trojan Family. Students are invited to participate in ESTEEM - Engaging Students to Enliven the Ecclesial Mission. This program gives college students at 15 universities across the nation the tools they need to tap their full potential in connecting with the life of the Church. By participating in this innovative and dynamic year-long curriculum of study, prayer, community-building and service, students are given the skills, resources, and inspiration to help them live out their baptismal call. Please email Fr. Joe, OFM Conv. to learn more.

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Study Nights

Students enjoy the fellowship of others during study nights, making the stress of studying just a little bit easier to bear.

Contemplating God: Think About Love Session II - Love, Ecstasy, and God: Medieval Monks on the Song of Songs

Contemplating God: Thinking About Love Fall Colloquim Session II - Thursday, 9/30 at 6:00 p.m.

We will hold the second session of contemplating God: thinking about love on September 30 at 6:00 p.m. This series will be led by Nova Forum Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Professor David Albertson (University of Southern California).

In modern culture, falling in love is viewed as irrational, a private affair, even as sport or entertainment. But for ancient and medieval Christians, the mystery of human love, including physical desire, was a matter for profound contemplation. Love has its own rationality that points us toward the meaning of God and the purpose of life. We’ll study three episodes in Catholic meditation on love. What is desire, and is it rational? Why does love engage body and soul? What does physical desire have to do with loving God? Join us for three Thursday evenings in September in the CC Library for conversation and pizza!

For questions, email Novaforum@catholictrojan.org.

Register Here

Seeking Wisdom Session III: Love, Desire, and Reason: Medieval Woman Mystics

Don't miss out! Join us in the CC courtyard on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. for our final session of Seeking Wisdom Colloquium- Contemplating God: Thinking about Love. Session III: "Love, Desire, and Reason: Medieval Women Mystics" will be led by Professor David Albertson and features a discussion around Poems and Letters by Hadewijch of Antwerp.

Head to our website to access these readings and register for the event!

For questions, email Novaforum@catholictrojan.org.