“Intellect unites us more firmly to Christ.”
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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.

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.