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Welcome to the Garaventa Center

Our ongoing vision at the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life & American Culture is to entice people from all walks of life to come together and collaborate in novel and compelling ways to shed light and explore grace in this bruised, blessed world.

2018-2019 has been a great year, and we invite you to save the date for our premiere event next fall:


Pulitzer Prize winning author
Marilynne Robinson

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September 11, 2019
7:15pm
University of Portland Chiles Center

Dr. Robinson will speak about wonder and the absolute necessity of the humanities, faith and reason as partners in understanding our world as she offers the 2019 Zahm Lecture, the academic keynote for the year.

 



Check back soon for a glimpse of our full 2019-2020 line-up,
and scroll down for podcasts of highlights from this year!

Faith. Imagination. Grace. Reason.

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Click on photos below to enjoy these highlights from our 2018-2019 events:


Pope Francis

Pope Francis

"Let us ask the Lord, each of us, for eyes that know how to see beyond appearance; ears that know how to listen to cries, whispers, and also silence; hands able to support, embrace and minister. Most of all, let us ask for a great and merciful heart that desires the good and salvation of all. "

Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day

"We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community."

St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila

"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."

Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings

"Many people judge a religion by its art, and why indeed shouldn't they?"

G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton

"The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see."