Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is a Roman Catholic Seminary serving 17 dioceses, primarily throughout the Midwest and Great Plains regions. Its project includes 6 dimensions. These dimensions – working together – will provide a strong integration of science across the
curriculum for our seminarians, and their future priesthood.

Project Details

  1. Pastoral Counseling and Neuroscience – Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, Advanced Pastoral Issues, and Grief Counseling are required courses in Kenrick-Glennon’s curriculum. The project will seek to integrate neuroscience more deeply into these courses .
  2. Scripture Scholarship and Biblical Archeology – Kenrick-Glennon is re-organizing the Holy Land Trip that all 4th year theology students take. Rather than the current format – a two-week retreat and pilgrimage – the seminary will send the seminarians to the Holy Land for a 3-week Scripture class taught in close consultation with an archaeologist.
  3. Science Fridays – This curriculum – to be developed with and delivered by local scientists – would bring scientists and scientific concepts into the seminary on 10-12 Fridays per year. The goal of the curriculum is to cover major areas of the sciences that are not covered elsewhere, that it might be hard to integrate into the theological curriculum, and that both seminarians and faculty simply need to know.
  4. Fr. Tad Pacholczyk and Medical Ethics – Fr. Tad Pacholczyk  is a Yale and Harvard trained neuroscientist who went into medical ethics after completing his science training. The grant provides for him to teach the Medical Ethics course that all Kenrick-Glennon seminarians take in their final semester.
  5. Patristics and Archeology – Students take a two semester sequence on Patristics in their first year. This aspect of the project will incorporate scientific knowledge of early Christian archaeology.
  6. Conference – This will be day-long conference on Science and Faith for seminarians, scientists, and science and religion teachers from the almost 30 Catholic high schools in Saint Louis.

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In furtherance of the AAAS mission of advancing science in service to society, AAAS|DoSER’s role in the Science for Seminaries project is to support efforts to integrate science into seminary education. AAAS|DoSER does not advise on or endorse the theological content of the participating seminaries.