The Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman Lectures

Morality, Virtue and Flourishing: Catholic Approaches to Psychology

4.25.13: From Moral Relativism to Normative Morality: Psychology and Psychotherapy from 1960 to Now. Paul Vitz, Ph.D., is a professor and Senior Scholar at IPS, focuses his teaching and research on the integration of Christian theology, especially Catholic anthropology, with psychology. This requires breaking from the modern secularism and post-modern relativism prevalent today.

4.11.13: Human Flourishing in Consecrated Celibacy. Sr. Prudence Allen, R.S.M., Ph.D., holds the Charles J. Chaput, OFM, cap. Chair of Philosophy at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver since 1998.  Previously, Sr. Allen was Professor Emeritus at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is the author of a two- volume work on The Concept of Woman (Eerdmans).

2.21.13: Beauty and Flourishing: Implications for Psychotherapy. Margaret Laracy, Psy.D., received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in 2011. She completed her predoctoral internship through the APA-accredited Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium. She is currently assistant professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.

1.31.13: “Failure” and Flourishing in Sacramental Marriages: An Exploration of the Relationship between the Psychology and the Theology of Marriage. Fr. Michael Ryan, L.C., Ph.D., was born in Ireland and ordained a priest in 1975. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy by the Gregorian University and a Licentiate in Theology by the University of St. Thomas in Rome.

11.08.12: Formation of Moral Character and Virtue: The Wisdom of Prevention. Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he founded and directs the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility).

9.27.12: The History of “Flourishing” in Psychology and Catholicism. Robert Kugelmann, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at the University of Dallas.