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The Church Innovative: How and Why the Catholic Church Fosters Change

Wednesday, June 2
12 – 1 p.m.

The Catholic Church is frequently depicted as an archaic, stuffy, and staid institution trapped by tradition and encased in the immutability dogma. But what if we looked at the Church as one of the most dynamic institutions in human history? For two millennia, the Catholic Church has spawned new innovations and adapted to new societies. It continues to encompass and embrace diverse cultures and to seize developments in technology, education, finance, and communications to further its mission.

Join us for a conversation on how the Catholic Church continues to embrace this legacy of change and why—now more than ever—it must innovate to meet the needs and challenges of a global society.


  • Helen Alford, O.P., vice rector, Pontifical University of St. Thomas
  • Francis Davis, director of policy, Edward Cadbury Centre, University of Birmingham; fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Kerry Alys Robinson, founding partner, Leadership Roundtable
  • Moderated by Nicholas D. Sawicki, Duffy Fellow, Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University

This is a Duffy Fellows program event.


This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, parents, students, and the public.