Holy Cross School faculty, as well teachers from several other local schools, explored the topic of "Science and Faith: Renewing the Relationship" through a professional development series sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life, a program of the University of Notre Dame.
The professional development workshop began with the celebration of Mass, followed by a keynote presentation by Professor Stephen Barr, Ph.D., titled "Catholicism and Evolution." The presentation took a deep dive into how the Catholic Church approaches the theory of Evolution.
Breakout sessions included small group discussions on various topics in the areas of science and Christian faith. The day concluded with a presentation by Rev. Terrance Ehrman, C.S.C., on the topic "Enlivening Faith by a Rediscovery of God as Creator Through a Serene Attentiveness to Creation."
The program continues this week as some of the presenters will remain at Holy Cross to speak to our junior and senior classes about the topics of science and religion.
"A Catholic school is called by the Church to be a synthesis between faith, culture and life, reached by integrating all of human knowledge in the light of the Gospel. It is our hope that this program will provide a deeper understanding that can foster true academic integration that reveals the unity of truth," said Dr. Chris Baglow, Director of the Science and Religion Initiative for the McGrath Institute.