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Published on Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Dr. Topping and Dr. Fast Present Papers at National Conference hosted at Newman


The Benedict XVI Institute recently hosted a national conference for Catholic Scholars. Scholars from Alberta to Nova Scotia gathered at Newman on 21-22 October to hear papers from other distinguished academics. The theme of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars’ 2022 annual conference was ‘Religion in the Public Square: The Gifts, the Challenges’.

Eleven scholars presented their papers over the course of the weekend. Their papers examined the role of religion in the public square from a range of angles. Several drew inspiration from classical texts, such as Sophocles’ Antigone and Homer’s Iliad, while others discussed topics such as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian Residential Schools, and Catholic Education.


Three Newman faculty were involved in the event: Fr. Matthew Hysell, O.P. served as the conference chaplain; Dr. Francis Fast presented on the role of civil friendship within the just society; Dr. Topping’s keynote address focused on the role of Catholic education in contemporary Canada.



More information about the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars can be found here.

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