Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought

The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought advances the scholarship and application of the Catholic intellectual and Ignatian traditions in the church and society with an emphasis on social concerns. Drawing upon the rich diversity of the university, the San Francisco Bay Area and the international Society of Jesus, we support research, teaching and action to promote and engage Catholic social thought especially in response to contemporary issues.

Exploring intersections of faith and social justice 

We coordinate roundtable discussions that bridge the academy, church and society.  We offer public lectures and publish a book series featuring the latest scholarship on Catholic social thought.

The Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Studies and Social Thought, faculty colloquia, and visiting scholars provide the USF and Bay Area community with opportunities to study the intersection of Catholic social thought and pressing issues of our time from the context of Jesuit education.

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Lane Center

Kalmanovitz Hall, 2nd Floor
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117-1045
(415) 422-5200 (415) 422-2206