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Holy Apostles awarded grant by AAAS and DoSER program

by | Sep 3, 2021

Holy Apostles College & Seminary located in Cromwell, CT, has a history of engaging science in light of our Catholic faith tradition. We are delighted to have recently received a grant, provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER), to host a Zoom-based community workshop entitled “Assessing Contemporary Science in the Light of Faith” presented by Dr. Stacy Trasancos, an adjunct faculty member at Holy Apostles and executive director of the St. Philip Institute for Catechesis and Evangelization.

This workshop teaches non-scientist members of our Holy Apostles community how to articulate developments in current research in biological or biochemical fields (with particular emphasis on evolutionary biology, genetics, or neuroscience) by reading scientific papers and reviewing how to classify the conclusions in scientific papers as neutral, contradictory, or consistent with the tenets of our Catholic faith. Workshop topics include Christianity and the Birth of Modern Science, How Scientific Research is Conducted, Methods for Reviewing a Scientific Field of Research, Analyzing Scientific Conclusions in the Light of Faith, Defending Doctrine When Scientific Conclusions Go Beyond Science, and Completing the Scientific Revolution by Reuniting Science with Philosophy and Theology.  

“The DoSER program will provide science resources to assist Holy Apostles as we educate seminarians on the relationship between faith and science.” – Very Rev. Peter S. Kucer, MSA, President-Rector


“Thanks to the DoSER program, Holy Apostles will be able to share with its community some concrete methods to strengthen our understanding of the relationship between science and our Catholic faith.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, Vice-President of External Affairs, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Program Director


“Seeing science as the study of God’s handiwork changes the way you see the world. Thanks to the DoSER program, Holy Apostles can share this great synthesis of awe and wonder with seminarians.” Dr. Stacy Trasancos, Program Coordinator and Webinar Instructor

All members of the Holy Apostles community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters) are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for attending. Those interested may register through https://wcatradio.com/assessingscience/

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving millions of individuals. The nonprofit is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. Building upon its mission, AAAS established the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program in 1995 to facilitate communication between scientific and religious communities. For the latest information and news about AAAS DoSER and the Science for Seminaries Seed Grant initiative, visit AAAS.org/DoSER and ScienceforSeminaries.org.