Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought

The Lane Center engages students and others committed to integral human development, solidarity, and a preferential option for the poor with a vibrant and relevant church. Drawing upon the rich diversity of USF, the center sponsors academic programs, research, and public praxis that promotes Catholic social thought — specifically in response to contemporary issues — in order to fashion a more just and humane world.


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.


Watch James Hanvey, S.J.'s Summer Scholar Series talk, Mercy as an Agent of Social Change: The Mission of the Church Under Francis.