Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A., joined St. Mary’s as the inaugural Beirne Director of the Center for Catholic Studies in June. Through these gifts and from benefactors Martin Beirne (J.D. ’69) and Kathleen Beirne, Ruben Escobedo (B.B.A. ’60) and Veronica Salazar Escobedo, and Glenn MacTaggart (J.D. ’79, M.A. ’89) and Karla MacTaggart, we are now in position to launch the Center beginning this academic year. Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A., joined St. Mary’s University this summer and began leading the Center as the Beirne Director and Professor of Catholic Studies.
Interdisciplinary in scope, the Center will engage students and faculty in every field of study — business and law, science and engineering, and humanities, social sciences and the arts. The Center for Catholic Studies will enable faculty and students to explore, from Catholic and Marianist viewpoints, the most pressing regional, national and international social policy issues. These questions involve poverty, economic justice, religious freedom, aging and disability, the dignity of human life, immigration, sustainability, technology and its roles, the protection of nature, as well as the central question of the role of faith in society and culture, and in individual formation.
The Center should also specifically examine the Catholic Church in society and culture, including issues particular to the Catholic Church’s presence in the Southwest and the growing nationwide Hispanic presence in the Church and other Christian denominations.
Story by Amanda Bustos