Center for Human Flourishing



The Center for Human Flourishing aims to advance human flourishing through the study, pursuit, and production of practical wisdom in order to achieve sensible, real-world outcomes which promote the dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth1 for the individuals and communities we serve.



The program's goal is to provide knowledge through research publications, sponsored educational activities, courses, seminars, and conferences of higher learning. Guided by the Sisters of Mercy's emphasis on healing, particularly in the fields of health and education, the Center strives to foster far reaching impacts for our community.

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October Speaker Series: Dr. Russell Hittinger, Honorary Fellow

Intermediate Associations as a Key to Human Flourishing​
This presentation will challenge reductive approaches that view social issues through the monads of the state or the individual. By approaching social issues either from an ivory tower perspective or that of technical pragmatism, our culture risks obscuring the middle state of phronesis, or practical wisdom, which is essential for attaining the common good. 

  • Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

  • Time: 6:30 pm

  • How to Watch: Join Zoom Webinar | Meeting ID: 989 6212 0029 | Password: 732402

  • Cost: Free

Dr. Russell Hittinger


Dr. Hittinger is Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Tulsa. He is Visiting Professor of Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. He is a Senior Fellow at the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago and also serves there as a Visiting Scholar on the Committee on Social Thought. In 2001 St. John Paul II appointed Dr. Hittinger to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, of which he became ordinarius in 2004 and, since 2006, he has served on its governing board. In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences as ordinarius. He is one of only two lay academics in the world to be appointed to two pontifical academies. Hittinger is the author of many books, including A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory, The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age, Thomas Aquinas and the Rule of Law, and most recently Paper Wars: Catholic Social Doctrine and the Modern State (forthcoming).




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