Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education

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The Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College established the journal Integritas, dedicated to exploring questions about the nature of the university in the twenty-first century.  Its specific mission was to foster conversation about the ways that faith traditions incite researchers and teachers to ask new questions about the world and the place of human beings within it.  It invited reflection on the ways that these traditions act as catalysts for inquiry in the sciences and social sciences, the professions, and the liberal arts.  It asked researchers to reflect on the ways that new developments in their fields help them to raise questions of transcendence, and offer insights into moral questions.  It offered a forum for reflection on the ways that universities today relate to religious congregations and traditions, both in their organizational structures and in their teaching and research, while at the same time operating with the freedom of inquiry that characterizes academic life today.  Finally, it addressed the neuralgic question of how universities today iterate an approach to knowledge that might be described as rooted in religious faith.

Spring 2016 Roundtable

Dear Friend,

The Boston College Roundtable brings together scholars and administrators from Catholic colleges and universities to discuss the vision and promise of Catholic higher education in the United States. This initiative aims to explore the value and meaning of a Catholic education in the contemporary context and further the conversation about mission as it relates to the pursuit of truth, the quest for knowledge, and the fostering of human flourishing.

Each Roundtable, meeting once per semester for two years, is structured around a particular theme. The theme for this sixth gathering was “Catholic Higher Education and the Common Good.” Presenters discussed their understanding of the theme through the perspective of their disciplines and the Catholic intellectual tradition, and also commented on the implications for the broader mission of the Catholic university.

Integritas publishes the papers presented and discussed at each meeting. Each issue includes a paper, a response, and a summary of the Roundtable conversation. The aim of this initiative is to model and elicit conversation among university leaders, faculty, and administrators around issues from the Catholic tradition that both inspire and challenge Catholic colleges and universities in the United States today.



Jack Butler, S.J.
Vice President for University Mission and Ministry



Vol 7, No 1 (2016): The Idea of the Common Good

Vol 7, No 2 (2016): Negotiating a Culture of Encounter and Disruptive Discourse in Catholic Higher Education

Vol 7, No 3 (2016): The Power of Addressing the "Why"


Vol 8, No 1 (2016): Energy, Environment, and the Fundamental Task of the Person

Vol 8, No 2 (2016): Environmental Indifference

Vol 8, No 3 (2016): Seven Billion and Counting: Paradise Crowded


Vol 9, No 1 (2017): The Catholic University in the World and the World in the Catholic University: Community, Value, and Conversation

Vol 9, No 2 (2017): Changing Catholic College and University Leadership: Retaining Catholic Identity

Vol 9, No 3 (2017): Modeling the Best of What Catholic Higher Education Has to Offer Society and the Church: Reflections by a Mission Officer and Faculty Member

Vol 9, No 4 (2017): The Role of Catholic Schools in Reducing Educational and Economic Inequality