The Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture sponsors and supports programming that explores basic human questions of meaning, morality, and mutual obligation. Following the principle that faith and learning are partners in liberal education, the McFarland Center's programs foster dialogue that respects differences and provide a forum for intellectual exchange that is interreligious as well as interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international in scope.
International Workshop: Catholic Cultures, Indian Cultures
The McFarland Center partners with Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, India to present its first international workshop to explore “lived Catholicism” in the three Catholic rites (Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara) in India’s different cultural contexts. Beginning with a historical overview of the origin and development of each rite and the three constitutive elements of a rite, namely, liturgy, theology and spirituality and administrative structure, the workshop will focus on the perspectives gained from considering the lived experience of ordinary Catholics. Learn more.
Browse our lectures online
Most of the McFarland Center's programs are video or audio recorded and made available online within a few days. Browse our catalog of recordings under "Listen and Learn" and check out our new site on iTunes U, featuring themed collections of our most popular talks.
VIDEO: Paula Kane '80 shares the strange tale of Sister Thorn and explores Catholic Mysticism in Modern America
AUDIO: Rev. Bryan Massingale "Unconscious Racial Bias and the Challenge of Solidarity: Catholic Social Thought Post Trayvon Martin (and Michael Brown and...)"
VIDEO: David Yamane "How Do People Become Catholic? Formation, Incorporation, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults"
VIDEO: Vern Bengtson "Millennials, Parents and Grandparents: Are Families Still Passing on the Faith?"
VIDEO: Rabbi Eric Yoffie "Understanding American Jews: demographically complicated, religiously diverse, stronger than ever, and still at risk"
Directions to the Rehm Library
Take College Street to the Upper Campus entrance (the last gate) to the College of the Holy Cross. Follow the drive past the Field House and the Hogan Campus Center, and park in the lots to your right. Walk down the exterior staircase to the right of the Hogan Campus Center and follow the path to the right toward Smith Hall. Rehm Library is on the right as you enter Smith Hall. View the campus map.