St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA Institute Day 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017  ||  8:00AM - 4:00PM



Science & Catholic Faith: Points of Integration


Ruth Ohm Sutherland, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture and Formation Advisor

St. Patrick's Seminary

Dr. Sutherland works in the areas of Biblical Studies, ancient Christian archaeology, and children’s spirituality. As well as being a catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, Dr. Sutherland has been an Associate Professor of New Testament at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University.

Maria Gianna Iannucci

Educator & Curricular Specialist 

Mercy High School, Middletown, CT

Ms. Iannucci is a scientist and educator who has taught on the collegiate level and is currently teaching in Mercy High School in Middletown, CT. She is presently involved with the University of Notre Dame and the Vatican Observatory on projects concerning the dialogue between science and religion.

Rev. John J. Piderit, S.J.

Moderator of the Curia and Vicar for Administration, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Fr. Piderit has written about and run programs to help both Catholic high school and college faculty integrate Catholic themes in the ordinary courses they teach. He has taught mathematics (high school and college) and economics (college and graduate school). Currently Fr. Piderit is COO of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Melanie M. Morey, Ed.D.

Director of the Office of Catholic Identity Assessment and Formation, Associate Superintendent for Governance, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Dr. Morey is an educator and administrator in the Archdiocese of San Francisco who does work in the areas of Catholic institutional culture and Catholic intellectual integration in Catholic schools, seminaries, and colleges and universities.


Science & Catholic Faith: Points of Integration

Catholic high schools increase their positive impact on students when religion is integrated across the curriculum. The Institute Day presenters are experts in making the important connections between religion and science. In the workshop presentations, participants learn more about Catholic teachings and themes as they relate to science. Participants will also come to understand how many topics usually covered in high school science intersect with larger issues relating to Catholic belief and practice.  During breakout sessions, teachers will discuss and develop strategies for implementing the dialogue between science and religion into their curriculum and teaching


  • First: for science faculty to learn how theological insights can be used to inform some typical science topics and likewise for religion faculty to learn how scientific findings can help inform and enhance their appreciation of God’s creation.
  • Second: to prepare participants to pass this appreciation and these insights on to their students.




Regular registration deadline has passed but we accept late registration. Please complete your registration by May 20, 2017, by filling this registration form and mailing a check of $30 to:

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Office of Catholic Identity Assessment and Formation

One Peter Yorke Way

San Francisco, CA 94109-6602


Please make the check out to: Office of Catholic Identity Assessment and Formation


8:00 AM Registration and Hospitality (Dining Room)

8:30 AM Morning Prayer (Chapel)

8:45 AM General Session I: Dr. Sutherland, "A General Approach to Genesis 1-3"

9:30 AM General Session II: Dr. Sutherland, "Understanding Miracles"

10:15 AM Break

10:45 AM General Session III: Ms. Iannucci, "Catholic Issues in Evolutionary Biology"

11:30 AM General Session IV: Ms. Iannucci, "Catholic Issues in Neurobiology"

2:15 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout Session A1
    • Science Teachers – Ms. IannucciScience and Religion – Classroom Topics
  • Breakout Session B1
    • Religion Teachers – Dr. SutherlandScience and Religion – Classroom Topics

2:00 PM Break

2:15 PM Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout Session A2
    • Science Teachers – Fr. Piderit, S.J. Science & Religion Homework Topics
  • Breakout Session B2
    • Religion Teachers – Dr. Sutherland Science and Religion – Homework Topics

3:15 PM Summary Session: Dr. Morey

4:00PM Closing Prayer



Location - Directions

St. Patrick's Seminary,  320 Middlefield Road,  Menlo Park, CA 94025

Click here for directions.


Registration is Required

Through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and is free of charge for teachers who register by May 1, 2017.  A $30 late fee is required after that.  To register please click here.

 For more information, please email, call 617-543-6330 or register for the Institute Day.