Call for Papers - Metaphysics Conference: The God of Creation

Call for Papers - Metaphysics Conference: The God of Creation

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH, June 14-15, 2023. 

The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies invites papers for a conference on the Catholic doctrine of creation. Philosophically, of particular interest will be papers in metaphysics or ontology that consider the difference it makes to refer to God as creator or to the world as having been created. Theologically, special attention will be paid to the role attributed, since the writings of St. Paul, to Christ in the event of creation.

Plenary talks will be given by Kevin Clarke, Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and by Joshua Canzona, Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Selected papers will be published in The Saint Anselm Journal.

Please send an abstract of 100-200 words to by February 18, 2023.

13th Annual Summer Seminar- The Hildebrand Project

The Hildebrand Project Presents their 13th Annual Summer Seminar, June 26-30, 2023 on Gratitude. 

In this seminar we will explore gratitude as a fundamental moral disposition without which no one can really be happy.

Our culture today is fraught by questions about gratitude. How do we receive in gratitude the goods of our own traditions despite their evils, of which we are increasingly aware? Can we cultivate gratitude in a social-media world of envy, isolation, and self-assertion? Why should we be grateful in the midst of great suffering?

In this seminar, we will attempt to answer these questions and to offer gratitude as an antidote to other challenges, such as feelings of loneliness, resentment, envy, and the self-hatred that oppresses so many today. We will show how gratitude guards against despair, and resists the nihilist attitude that fails to see the value of anything.

Ultimately, we will propose gratitude as an essential condition of human happiness and human flourishing.  In so doing, we will explore the relations between gratitude and contemplation, stewardship, and material creation; between gratitude and wonder, creativity, and invention; between gratitude and beauty, hope, and joy; and between gratitude, self-love, and the love of God. We will draw on ideas in Sts. Augustine and Aquinas, Søren Kierkegaard, Romano Guardini, Joseph Pieper, Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II, Dietrich and Alice von Hildebrand, Gabriel Marcel, Max Scheler, Roger Scruton, Russell Kirk, and many others. We will also draw on artistic expressions of gratitude, notably in poetry (e.g., Gerard Manley Hopkins) and music (e.g. Schubert). Several keynote addresses will be given by John F. Crosby, Jonathan J. Sanford, and James Matthew Wilson. A full list of faculty can be found on the event website.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Call for Papers- Thomistic Summer Conference

Thomistic Summer Conference

“The Soul in the Philosophy & Theology of St. Thomas”

Thomas Aquinas College, California

June 15-18, 2023

Thomas Aquinas College is hosting a conference June 15-18 on “The Soul in the Philosophy & Theology of St. Thomas.” More information, including a call for papers, can be found at Featured speakers include Steven Jensen, Michael Augros, Marie George, and John Goyette.

Paper proposals will be accepted until February 15. Authors will be notified by February 28.

Call for Abstracts- Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture

Call for Abstracts

The Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture invites scholars, lay leaders, and religious to reflect upon the fundamental relationship between the Church and civil society. In response to the overwhelming secularizing trend in American political life and culture, which has led to the eclipsing of the traditional structural concepts of nature, family, law, common good, teleology, et al., this conference seeks to explore both the theoretical and practical causes, effects, and possible solutions to this loss.

To this end, the Alcuin Institute issues a ‘Call for Abstracts’ to give serious reflection upon the essential relationship between the two great governing lights, viz. the “pontifical authority” and the “royal power.”

Abstracts should be between 250-350 words, and include: your name, institution, and the title of the proposed presentation. Please submit abstracts in a Word or PDF document to Dr. Aaron Henderson by email at by Dec. 15, 2022. Alternatively, you may use the web form found here:

Notification of acceptance will be given by Jan. 6, 2023.

Each presentation will be limited to twenty (20) minutes in length. All presenters will receive a $250 travel voucher, plus waiver of registration fee. Select papers may be considered for publication in an edited volume.

Call for Papers: Marcel Studies

Call for Papers: Marcel Studies  

Marcel Studies is an on-line peer-reviewed, international journal dedicated to furthering understanding and appreciation of the work of French philosopher, Gabriel Marcel. As an interdisciplinary journal, Marcel Studies welcomes submissions from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives on topics and themes that pertain to any aspect of Marcel’s thought. The journal seeks submissions of the highest academic quality, and particularly welcomes submissions for consideration from younger scholars. The journal publishes articles, reviews, and other material of interest to Marcel scholars.   

Marcel Studies is currently seeking essays for its 7th volume. For more information feel free to contact the Editor of Marcel Studies, Dr. Brendan Sweetman- 

Current and past issues of Marcel Studies can be found at:  

Gabriel Marcel Society:

ACPQ Rising Scholar Contest - Due September 1

Each year, the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQ) hosts its annual Rising Scholar Essay Contest. Any scholar who has not attained the rank of associate professor is invited to submit a paper contributing to the development or elucidation of the Catholic philosophical tradition. The winning paper is published in the ACPQ.

Papers must be submitted electronically by no later than 5 p.m. (CDT) on September 1, 2022. The paper should be accompanied by an abstract of up to 150 words. The cover letter field of the submission site's Details and Comments section should indicate the author's academic rank as of September 1, 2022 (e.g., "PhD candidate") and that the submission is for the essay contest.

The winning essay will be published in the ACPQ and specially designated in the journal as winner of the contest.

The author of a single-authored winning paper will receive a $3000 award and a free one-year membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA). Each co-author of a co-authored winning paper will receive a share, equal to that of the other co-author(s), of a $3000 award, together with a free one-year membership for each co-author in the ACPA. Author(s) of the winning paper must be below the rank of associate professor at the time of the submission deadline, September 1, 2022.

Please see complete contest details at

A Call for Papers - Pandemic Reflections: Saint Francis and the Lepers Catch Up with COVID

Call for Papers for a forthcoming edited collection, Pandemic Reflections: Saint Francis and the Lepers Catch Up with COVID 

To be published with Ethics International Press (  

The collection will focus on Saint Francis, his life with lepers, and the COVID pandemic. The collection is meant to explore what it means to think about Francis in light of the pandemic and what to think of the pandemic in light of Francis, specifically his embrace of and subsequent life with lepers.     

Given the profundity of Francis’ relationship with lepers, his enduring status and influence, and the complexities associated with the COVID pandemic, the volume calls for an array of scholarly and disciplinary reflections. The collection is significant because it will fill a lacuna in Catholic-Franciscan scholarship. The collection will constitute the first book length treatment focusing specifically on the application of Francis’ life with lepers to how individuals and communities ought to live.  

The call for papers can be accessed with the following link: The call provides further details regarding the project and potential themes for development. Abstracts for the project are due by July 31st. Completed essays are due by January 15th 2023. The collection is aiming for pieces roughly 3,000 to 6,000 words in length. However, this is more of a guideline than a hard and fast limit.    

To discuss or submit a Chapter for consideration in Pandemic Reflections: Saint Francis and the Lepers Catch Up with COVID Collection, please contact the Editor, Geoffrey Karabin – or Ethics International Press -

Summer Seminar Scholarships- The Hildebrand Project

Readiness to Change: Conversion & the Christian Life

12th Annual Summer Seminar

June 27 – July 2, 2022

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Travel and tuition scholarships are still available for our summer seminar. Read more about this year's seminar Readiness to Change: Conversion and the Christian Life here. 

The deadline to apply for the seminar and scholarships is May 1st, 2022.  


“The aspiring man of natural morality is intent on eradicating this defect, on acquiring that virtue; the Christian, however, is intent on becoming another man in all things, in regard to both what is bad and what is naturally good in him.”

Dietrich von Hildebrand understood our readiness to change not only as the beginning of the Christian life, but also as the source of its continuance and completion. It is, one could say, the fundamental answer to the call, the vocation, to Christ. This was not a mere readiness to change a little here or a little there, but to be changed radically, at all levels of one’s being, to be made “a new creature in Christ.” 

This theme of readiness to change was a constant in Hildebrand’s life. Indeed, the first time young Alice Jourdain met Dietrich von Hildebrand in November 1942, it was to attend one of his “liturgical evenings” at his flat in New York City. His theme that evening was “the readiness to change,” the first chapter of his major religious book, Transformation in Christ. “From the first moment he began to speak,” Alice later wrote, “I felt that he was feeding my soul with a food that I had always longed for. He spoke out of a deep recollection, and I drank in every word…”

Her experience changed the course of her life, but she was not alone in her response to Hildebrand’s religious wisdom. Many who heard him speak on religious themes had similar experiences. They were moved by the depth of his understanding of the inner life. They felt in him not just a professor but a true confessor of the Christian faith. 

In our 2022 seminar, we take Dietrich von Hildebrand as a master of the spiritual life. In particular, we will explore the image that Hildebrand gives of the person “transformed by Christ.” For this, we will begin with his account of the “fundamental attitudes,” especially of reverence, in his book The Art Living. We will then explore his account of the supernatural virtues and attitudes — from metanoia (which Joseph Ratzinger says has “seldom been so accurately diagnosed”) and contrition to recollection and contemplation to humility and mercy. 

We will, as always, read Hildebrand in conversation with great kindred spirits like Romano Guardini and Edith Stein and figures in the tradition, notably Plato and Augustine. We will connect Hildebrand with some of the great spiritual masters, including St. Benedict and St. Ignatius, and show him as a herald of the Second Vatican Council’s teaching on the universal call to holiness.

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