Newman President on Catholic Faith and Science

The President of the Cardinal Newman Society features Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, in an article about faith and science at Catholic colleges.

“Too often people see science and faith as being at odds with each other. Nothing could be further from the truth for a Catholic,” writes Patrick Reilly at the National Catholic Register.

Reilly’s organization publishes the Newman Guide for Choosing a Catholic College. Reilly’s family chose Benedictine College as the school for their oldest son, Ian, Raven class of 2022.

“Can a college that teaches theology and philosophy be good at teaching science?” Reilly asks.

“St. John Paul II thought so!” he answers. “He urged Catholic colleges to address the most pressing needs of society in science and technology, teaching students to see how faith and reason “’bear harmonious witness to the unity of all truth.’”

Reilly goes on to report new developments in the sciences at Catholic colleges recommended in the Newman Guide, starting by quoting Stephen D. Minnis’ words in the Gregorian.

“We believe faith, morality and ethics are just as important in the sciences as in every other part of our lives. They cannot be separated,” said Minnis. Benedictine’s students do “not have to check their faith at the door of the science building,”

Adds Reilly: “The College recently opened a new 100,000-square-foot state of the art STEM building, the culmination of an impressive three-year project. Students and faculty expect that the new facility will open the door to involvement in even more major research projects.”

A picture of Westerman Hall at its dedication earlier this fall is featured above.

“Students can find the best of both worlds in a faithful Catholic college,” Reilly adds. “They can receive a solid liberal arts education while choosing majors like chemical, civil and mechanical engineering.”

Read the rest at the National Catholic Register. Read more about faith an science at Benedictine College here.
Patrick Reilly is helping create Benedictine College’s new strategic plan, which aims to Transform Culture in America. Meet Reilly’s son, a Benedictine College sophomore majoring in Architecture, here and here.

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.