Institute Day, Padua Academy

Saturday, March 18, 2017  ||  8:00AM - 4:30PM  

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Modern Science & the Catholic Faith:

Prof. Stephen M. Barr, Ph.D.

University of Delaware

Many have claimed that modern science and Christian faith have been opposed historically, philosophically, and in what they say about the physical world. In his keynote, Prof. Barr will show the reverse to be true, that what has been opposed to Christian faith is not science itself but a reductive philosophy called scientific materialism and that modern science has revealed things that are deeply consonant with traditional Catholic theology. 

Prof. Stephen Barr teaches physics and astronomy at the University of Delaware. In addition to his research, Dr. Stephen M. Barr has also written and lectured extensively on the relation between science and religion. He was elected to the Academy of Catholic Theology in 2010 and was awarded the Benemerenti Medal in 2007 for service to the Church. He has also written for a variety of national publications and lectures widely on the relation of science and religion for broad academic and religious audiences.

Prof. Chris Baglow, Ph.D.

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA

Gianna Iannucci - Melissa Bullock

Mercy High School, Middletown, CT

During breakout sessions, teachers will discuss and develop strategies for implementing the dialogue between science and religion into their curriculum and teaching.

The Institute Day is made possible through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and school community of Padua Academy.



7:30 AM Registration Check-In 

8:15 AM Opening Prayer - Welcome 

8:30 AM Keynote presentation I, Stephen Barr, Ph.D. 

10:30 AM Breakout Sessions 

12:30 PM Lunch 

1:30 PM Keynote presentation II, Stephen Barr, Ph.D. 

2:30 PM Breakout Sessions 

3:30 PM Panel Discussion 

4:15 PM Closing Prayer 

 On registration, teachers sign up two breakout sessions, based on their interest.

Registration is required

Workshop Topics

Workshop 1 - Focus: Integration of Science& Religion - Stephen Barr, Ph.D. 

Prof. Stephen M. Barr will lead a workshop series focusing on integrating advanced topics in physics and the dialogue with religion into the high school setting.  Prof. Barr will share his years of experience, perspective, expertise, and teaching philosophy in order to challenge and inspire Catholic high school teachers of the advanced sciences.

Workshop 2 - Focus: Teaching Material - Chris Baglow, Ph.D.

"A Pilgrim's Guide to the Cosmos: Faith Science & Reason as a Classroom Resource for Faith-Science Integration"

Dr. Chris Baglow, author of the textbook, Faith, Science & Reason, will present the principles of interdisciplinary integration in Catholic education. He will introduce the audience to his textbook and the ways it can be used in Catholic secondary education, including use in dedicated elective courses as well as across the USCCB religion curriculum. Finally, he will offer a "sneak-peek" into the plans for the 2nd edition, an e-book designed for blended instruction with new content, links to video resources, and engagement of the latest scientific discoveries.

Workshop 3 - Focus: Pedagogy - Maria Gianna Iannucci

“It’s a Matter of Spirit: The implementation of STREAM in Inquiry-based and online science courses”

Maria Gianna Iannucci, Ed.S.,  Science educator and Moderator for the Robotics Team and Mercy Astronomy Club will share the experience of developing STREAM/Inquiry-based online and classroom courses. She will also present examples of the integration of science and faith into extracurricular activities that promote cross-disciplinary thinking and student collaboration.

Workshop 4 - Focus: Administration - Melissa Bullock

“Journey to the Stars: The Adventure of Collaboration”

Melissa Bullock, Dean of Curriculum and Technology at Mercy High School in Middletown, CT, will share with participants the experience of an administrator in the implementation of the Science and Religion Initiative at Mercy High School.  She will also discuss the use of curriculum mapping as a tool for the integration of key concepts across all disciplines.


Workshop 5 - Focus: Course Elective - Heather Foucault-Camm

“The Ethics of Science”

Mrs. Heather Foucault-Camm, MS MS, will explore with the workshop participants one exciting possibility for the integration of science and religion into the high school classroom – the design of a novel course whose objective is to empower students to see how their faith can help them become BETTER scientists. Participants in this workshop will leave with the resources to help them construct a course of their own (i.e. possible module titles, literary sources, etc…) and student/parent feedback on this model suggestive of its profound impact and applicability. I ask any participant the same question my students are asked: at what point is science no longer a service to humanity?


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Through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and free of charge for teachers who register by March 15, 2016. After that date, late registration fee will be $30 per participant.

 For more information please email, call 860.346.6659 x 109 or register here.