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Nova Forum to Join National Network, Benefit from Major Grant Funding to Support Institutional Growth, Science, and Religion Programming

(Los Angeles - February 2022) Nova Forum at the University of Southern California is pleased to be among the six founding members of a new national network of institutes of Catholic thought, funded by a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation and administered by the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago. 

The John Templeton Foundation awarded Lumen Christi $3,648,000 in support of a three-year project that will create the first-ever national network of institutes of Catholic thought called In Lumine Network. The three-year project is called In Lumine: Supporting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide. The grant was announced on February 1.

The network’s six initial members include:

  • Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago
  • Nova Forum at the University of Southern California
  • Collegium Institute at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Saint Anselm Institute at the University of Virginia
  • Cornell COLLIS at Cornell University
  • Harvard Catholic Forum at Harvard University.

In Lumine will provide members with resources to grow their institutes sustainably, as well as to develop programming and on-campus activities, focused specifically on science and religion. The network will expand to welcome new members, including ecumenical partners, after its first year.

“The In Lumine Network sets a place at the table of the secular academy for the Catholic intellectual tradition,” says Michael Le Chevallier, acting executive director of the Lumen Christi Institute. “It will help established and nascent institutes for Catholic thought to scale up, deepen their engagement around faith and reason, share ideas, build on the successes of others, and amplify impact.

“Greater than the sum of its parts, In Lumine will provide enduring bonds of collaboration between institutes that will extend well past the duration of this grant,” adds Le Chevallier.

David Albertson, director of the Nova Forum, notes the new grant will assist in opening up new dialogues between faith and the life sciences, social science, medicine, and engineering on the USC campus.

Please visit the Nova Forum website to learn more.