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Programs & Resources

As Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice, Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., Ph.D. works with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and other academic and faculty leaders to integrate the Catholic approach to social justice into the curriculum and research programs of the College and the University. Programs of this office call on the legacy of Father Ferree to address challenges facing today's society. Ongoing projects and programs of the Fr. Ferree Professor include:

  • To teach courses in the social sciences, especially in the area of leadership and community, utilizing Catholic social teaching as a major resource for the curriculum.

  • To be a faculty resource for the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community and to help integrate Catholic social teaching and the Catholic approach to social justice into the teaching, research, and service of the Center.

  • To pursue partnerships with other Catholic universities and Catholic communities of discourse and service utilizing Catholic social teaching to address important social issues.

  • To present the Fr. Ferree Lecture on Social Justice. In March, 2004 Brother Fitz presented the first Ferree Lecture to a diverse audience comprised of members of the campus community, as well as leaders from Dayton and surrounding communities. This lecture was entitled "Retrieving and Extending Fr. Ferree's Heritage of Social Justice," and it explored Fr. William J. Ferree's approach to the promotion of the common good.  Brother Fitz related this approach to current urban and regional issues.