The first research university focused on bringing together faith and science, Catholic Institute of Technology is preparing to welcome students in September with an aim of providing scholarship across STEM fields.

The university aims to form the next generation of ‘saints, scholars and scientists.’ The school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in Alban Hills of Castel Gandolfo, near the historical papal summer residence where a number of faith and science events over the decades have been hosted. Students have the choice of degree programs in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, biomedical engineering, and biology.

Reportedly, the school is open to accept 50 students per year. According to the university, the aim is to foster a community of Catholic scientists and engineers who boldly engage with advancements in STEM while upholding the Catholic tradition. They also seek to dispel the misconception that faith is incompatible with scientific exploration that has caused many to stray from the church, according to the school’s website.

CatholicTech was founded last fall by Bill and Alexis Haughey, along with Bishop Arther Kennedy, who is the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, who serves as professor emeritus and University President.

Susan Barreto
Susan Barreto

Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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