Welcome to the Garaventa Center

Here's to another great year together!

Thanks for sticking with us this year as we made the shift to Zoom, which has opened doors to new cross-country partnerships we're really excited about. Still, there's nothing better than seeing all of you in person, and we hope to welcome you to campus for our Fall 2021 events! In the meantime, please check out The Saint John's Bible at UP, our new portal to experience the transcendent beauty of this hand-illuminated masterpiece, and explore our Archives to revisit favorite events and find new ones.

Looking forward to seeing you next year!
Karen & Fr. Charlie

Faith. Imagination. Grace. Reason.

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.

Artist and writer Makoto Fujumura presents the 2021 Zahm Lecture on September 8

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 2020-2021 Event Highlights

Click on images below to enjoy videorecordings of these events, or visit our Archives for links to some of our all-time greatest hits!


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."