The University and the Church
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Edited by R. Jared Staudt
The University and the Church collects eleven of Don J. Briel’s most foundational and eloquent essays on the need for an integrated and formative approach to Catholic education. Astutely compiled and edited by R. Jared Staudt, the volume treats the guiding themes of Briel’s vision. With the vigorous, joyful cogency of Briel’s own words, speaking to the majesty and intimacy of truth, at its center, The University and the Church stands as a touchstone for true Catholic education and its redeeming vision for the human person and society.
“The essays in this volume are more than a memorial to a great educator, a good man, and a faithful disciple. They are a template for the ongoing reform and development of Catholic higher education in the United States and indeed throughout the world.” –George Weigel
Don J. Briel, PhD., (1947–2018), scholar of John Henry Newman’s thought and visionary for Catholic higher education, founded the world’s first Catholic Studies program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Briel served as Director of the program from 1993 to 2014 and then as the Blessed John Henry Newman Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.
R. Jared Staudt, Ph.D., serves as the Director of Formation for the Archdiocese of Denver and Visiting Associate Professor at the Augustine Institute. He studied under Don Briel for his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Catholic Studies and has worked to further Catholic education as a professor, writer, administrator, formator of teachers, and founder of a Catholic high school.