.- On Saturday, January 22nd, students, faculty and staff at Franciscan University of Steubenville held a unique event investigating the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of education. "Be Transformed in Spirit and Mind: A Conference on Prayer and Learning", brought together a collaboration of students and faculty âunlike any other to dateâ, said the university.
"The synthesis of religious piety and secular learning are joined in the most natural and organic wayâ, Dr. Regis Martin, a well-known speaker and professor of Theology at the University told participants. âWithout geometry and piety, the great Gothic cathedrals could not have been made."
Professor James Gaston from the University likewise acknowledged that the purpose of higher education âis learning to think, learning to learn, learning to search for the truth."
The conference ultimately explored the idea that the learning process should not be separated from oneâs own personal striving for holiness.
Franciscan University is one of a handful of colleges and universities across the country whose faculty take oaths of fidelity to be true to the teaching of the Catholic Church.