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The Society for the Renewal of the Catholic Mind

"Seek to learn on earth those truths which will remain ever valid in heaven." ~ St. Jerome

The work of Catholic education, of taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5), extends far beyond the walls of the classroom to the whole of one’s life and to every facet of reality. This is a daunting challenge in any era, but perhaps most especially in our secular age.

The Society for the Renewal of the Catholic Mind was created not only to support the St. Jerome Institute in its mission to help renew Catholic education, but to foster intellectual community and the renewal of a truly Catholic imagination beyond the classroom and the high school years. The events of the Society bring the Catholic imagination to bear on every facet of life, from philosophy, theology and the arts, to science, politics, and culture.

Events for Society Members

Monologue Showcase
Friday, February 10th at 4pm
O’Conner Room, SJI

SJI Pueri Cantores
Saturday, March 4th at 5:30pm
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
Washington, DC

Save the Date:
Spring Gala

Saturday, May 20th
Heritage Hall, Catholic University

Community Seminar
February 16th at 7pm, SJI
C. S. Lewis’s “Learning in War-Time”
Led by William Bertain
Receive a PDF of the essay and
RSVP via email:
rsvp@stjeromeinstiute.org

Also of interest to members
Reading Together:
The Poetry of G. M. Hopkins

February 13th, 7-8:30pm
Aquinas 102, Catholic University
A discussion of “The Windhover,” “Pied
Beauty,” and “God’s Grandeur”
For more info: english.catholic.edu

Please consider joining the Society for the Renewal of the Catholic Mind to support the St. Jerome Institute, to advance the renewal of Catholic education, and to deepen your own knowledge and love of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

By enrolling in the Society, you will receive a copy of Stratford Caldecotts’s Beauty for Truth’s Sake.

Members receive unlimited access to the following resources and events:

New members and those who renew their membership annually

    • Lectures by the founders of SJI and other prominent guests.

 

    • Great Books seminars and other SJI events.

 

    • Round table discussions with SJI teachers exploring questions of culture, education, and parenting.

 

    • The Rising Wind monthly newsletter featuring a letter from the Headmaster, photos of student life, and contributions from the Board, parents, and advocates of SJI. 

 

Events for Society Members

 

Monologue Showcase
Friday, February 10th at 4pm
O’Conner Room, SJI

SJI Pueri Cantores
Saturday, March 4th at 5:30pm
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
Washington, DC

Save the Date:
Spring Gala

Saturday, May 20th
Heritage Hall, Catholic University

Gala

Community Seminar
February 16th at 7pm, SJI
C. S. Lewis’s “Learning in War-Time”
Led by William Bertain
Receive a PDF of the essay and
RSVP via email:
rsvp@stjeromeinstiute.org

Also of interest to members
Reading Together:
The Poetry of G. M. Hopkins

February 13th, 7-8:30pm
Aquinas 102, Catholic University
A discussion of “The Windhover,” “Pied
Beauty,” and “God’s Grandeur”
For more info: english.catholic.edu

Please consider joining the Society for the Renewal of the Catholic Mind to support the St. Jerome Institute, to advance the renewal of Catholic education, and to deepen your own knowledge and love of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

By enrolling in the Society, you will receive a copy of Stratford Caldecotts’s Beauty for Truth’s Sake.

Members receive unlimited access to the following resources and events:

New members and those who renew their membership annually

    • Lectures by the founders of SJI and other prominent guests.

 

    • Great Books seminars and other SJI events.

 

    • Round table discussions with SJI teachers exploring questions of culture, education, and parenting.

 

    • The Rising Wind monthly newsletter featuring a letter from the Headmaster, photos of student life, and contributions from the Board, parents, and advocates of SJI. 

 

We are pleased to offer two levels of elevated memberships:

Premium Members ($1,000 gift) receive two tickets to the SJI Spring Gala. 

Honored Members ($5,000 gift) will receive a work of literature or philosophy twice a year, accompanied by a personalized letter from the SJI team discussing the meaning and significance of the work. Honored Members will also receive four tickets to the SJI Spring Gala.

What Our New Members Are Saying

Many thanks for the important work of the Society for the Renewal of the Catholic Mind. SJI is a model for everyone involved in classical and Catholic liberal education around the country. It is also a joy and a blessing to our daughter.

Dr. Benjamin Storey
Jane Gage Hipp Professor of Politics and International Affairs; Director, the Tocqueville Program

Grateful for the hope you are bringing to those of us who care deeply about Catholic education. Thank you for taking the risk; it really is for all of us! I look forward to learning more from your experience in order to share with our community down here in Alabama. Praying for your work.

Dr. Amanda Reimer
Neurology Specialist in Opelika, AL

Happy to support the ground-breaking, faith-filled efforts of SJI! I look forward to enriching my mind and enjoying the community that comes together for the Society’s offerings.

Elisabeth Sullivan
Executive Director of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Proud to support the great work St. Jerome Institute is doing to mold the hearts and minds of the leaders of tomorrow!

Katie Garvey
Senior Director of Advancement · The Catholic University of America at the Busch School of Business

| Reading Together | 2022-23 Series: The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Upcoming events sponsored by Catholic University of America’s English Department
 
  • February 13th, 7-8:30pm: The Windhover (1877), God’s Grandeur (1877), Pied Beauty (1877)

With Dr. Kevin Rulo, Dr. Christopher Petter (PhD alumnus, 2021), Prof. Ryan Wilson. Location: Aquinas 102.

  • March 27th, 7-8:30pm: Carrion Comfort (1885), No worst, there is none (1885), I wake and feel (1885), That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire (1888)

With Dr. Daniel Gibbons, Dr. Gregory Baker, and Prof. Ryan Wilson. Location: Aquinas 102.

Previous Events:

SJI Community Seminar

A conversation led by Dr. Michael Higgins on Wendell Berry’s “Faustian Economics”

January 12th 

Michael Ortner and Peter Crawford gave a talk on:

A 21st Century Education in Wonder: How We Can Give Our Children the Formation We Wish We’d Had

Watch: youtu.be/Tdh6MBHVYD4

November 18th 

SJI Community Seminar

A conversation led by Peter Crawford on Robert Spaemann and Holger Zaborowski’s

“An Animal That Can Promise and Forgive”

October 25th 

A conversation responding to the recent Vatican instruction,

The Identity of the Catholic School for a Culture of Dialogue

Physicist Dr. Merrill Roberts joins SJI founding board members Dr. Daniel Gibbons and Edward Trudeau for an interdisciplinary conversation on the questions:

What is ‘integral education’?

How can Catholic schools build a ‘culture of dialogue’?

How does the St. Jerome model of integrated studies embody the ideals of Catholic education emphasized in this recent teaching?

October 14th, 2022.

Carlo Lancellotti on Augusto Del Noce and The Problem of Atheism

A conversation between Prof. Carlo Lancellotti and Dr. Michael Hanby on the thought and works of Augusto Del Noce regarding the problem of atheism.

April 22nd, 2022.

Liberal Education & the Restless Soul

A conversation between St. Jerome Institute Headmaster Peter Crawford and Drs. Benjamin and Jenna Storey about their book,

Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment

February 11th, 2022

 

Aristotle on Self-love & Generosity

Seminar with Dr. Michael Higgins, SJI Humanities Teacher

Friday, February 4th, 2022

Adulting: How to Major in Life

with Dr. Anna Bonta Moreland & Dr. Thomas W. Smith

Friday, September 23rd, 2021

Handing Down, Not Holding Back: Tradition and Religious Art

by Artist Daniel Mitsui

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Liberal Education and Social Crisis

by Dr. Michael Hanby

Friday, December 4th, 2020