What we do



The St. Lawrence Center’s Institute for Faith and Culture was founded on May 24, 2009 at the University of Kansas under the patronage of Mary, Help of Christians, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, and Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

The IFC exists to awaken wonder and to give students a reason for the hope that is within them. We do this by forming students in the rich, Catholic intellectual and moral tradition, by fostering an appreciation for beauty through exposure to nature, culture, and the arts, and by encouraging students to embrace the lifelong task of educating themselves for their vocations and personal flourishing. The IFC also serves the larger community at the University of Kansas by bringing the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic tradition into dialogue with others.


Nascantur in admiratione!
(Let them be born in wonder!)
— Motto of the Pearson Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas
Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone
who asks you for a reason for your hope.
— 1 Peter 3:15