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.

Nova Forum Junior Fellows Application Now Open

Nova Forum Junior Fellow Applications Flyer

Are you a USC undergraduate or graduate student interested in exploring the past, present, and future of Catholic thought? Join our community!

The Junior Fellows make up the heart of Nova Forum, and while the seminar will focus on Catholic traditions and interests, the Fellows program is open to all USC undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of religious affiliation.

Applications are open now and are due by April 4.

Please visit the Nova Forum website to learn more or to submit an application! Use the drop-down menu under Join to click Apply and access the application!

real Utopias and catholic realism seminar event poster

real Utopias and catholic realism seminar

The "Real Utopias and Catholic Realism" seminar will be led by one of Nova Forum's senior fellows, Sister Kathy Schneider, O.D.N (Riverside) and The Sisters of Life on March 26. We'll start the day off with coffee and end with lunch after an optional mass. We hope to see you there!

Mozart’s Great Mass Event Poster

Mozart's great mass

The Catholic Mass is not only the Church’s worship. It’s a three dimensional work of art that has inspired the greatest composers. Nova Forum invites USC students to a special performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor at Disney Hall with the LA Phil and LA Master Chorale. Dinner, shuttle ride, and pre-concert talk with a USC Thornton professor are all included. Seats are limited! Register through the Nova Forum website for tickets.

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Credo: Exploring Catholic Faith

Do you want to learn more about what the Catholic faith means for you? Do you have questions that have never been answered? Join us for "Credo: Exploring Catholic Faith" to learn more about Catholicism in the modern world.

  • The Language of the Body with Fr. Luke Dysinger, OSB, St. John's Seminary - February 27
  • Catholic Social Teaching, Maria Arroyo, Catholic Relief Services - March 6
  • A Universal Communion, Fr. Dorian Llywelyn, SJ, LACS - March 27
  • Human Beings Fully Alive, Speaker TBD - April 3

Please email Sr. Kathy for more information.

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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 can send an email to Nora Morales. We welcome new mentors as well. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please send an email to Nora Morales.

Leadership Development

Are you interested in serving the community next year by being part of the student executive board? Listen to our information sessions and submit your application to Fr. Joe and CC mpavy@usc.edu.

ESTEEM

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.