The Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University provides a Catholic scholarly presence, ecumenical in spirit, for the benefit of Emory University, the Archdiocese, and the region. It assists inquiring persons to enhance their knowledge of the living Catholic tradition and to engage in the intellectual and moral life of the church.
The vision of the Aquinas Center is to transform lives through the search for God’s wisdom. This vision is integrated into all of our activities including classes, lectures, conferences, seminars, the arts, or many other activities. These activities allow a space for a special engagement in which there are unexpected conversations that benefit our university and the Archdiocese. Being at Emory University, we can attract world-class talent to offer to all who seek understanding a thoughtful and nuanced engagement with our faith.
The need is great for Catholic higher education programming in the Atlanta area. In 1987 when the Aquinas Center was founded in the Archdiocese of North Georgia, there were less than 150,000 Catholics. We now have more than 1,000,000 Catholics in the Archdiocese. At Emory, it is estimated that 14% or at least 1800 of the 13,000+ students at Emory are Catholic. This figure reflects a national trend where it is estimated that 90% or 4.1 million Catholic students attend non-Catholic universities or colleges. There is thus an important question for the Church: how does it provide opportunities for 4.1 million Catholic students to learn about the intellectual and spiritual depth of the Church at non-Catholic colleges and universities?