The Institute for Human Ecology

Human flourishing illuminated by Catholic social doctrine.



The foundation of human flourishing.

"Human beings cannot be expected to feel responsibility for the world unless, at the same time, their unique capacities of knowledge, will, freedom and responsibility are recognized and valued." – Pope Francis, Laudato Si


The fundamental social unit of a healthy, functioning society.

"Underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human person as such, endowed with basic and inalienable rights ordered to his or her integral development. It has also to do with the overall welfare of society and the development of a variety of intermediate groups, applying the principle of subsidiarity. Outstanding among those groups is the family, as the basic cell of society." – Pope Francis, Laudato Si


The intersection of free enterprise and ingenuity ordered towards human flourishing.

"For an adequate formation of a culture, the involvement of the whole man is required, whereby he exercises his creativity, intelligence, and knowledge of the world and of people." – Pope Saint John Paul II, Centesimus Annus


The driving force behind the way we form human relationships.

"Human beings interpret and shape the natural environment through culture, which in turn is given direction by the responsible use of freedom, in accordance with the dictates of the moral law." - Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate

Faith and the Academy

The Institute for Human Ecology and Thomistic Institute
Summer Program for Catholic Graduate Students in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities

This seminar will take applications from graduates students who wish to apply to be a Civitas Dei Fellow. The Civitas Dei program, which pays for the expenses for room and board, supports rising scholars seeking inspiration from the Catholic intellectual tradition within the contemporary academic context.

Washington, DC
July 15-21, 2018

Open to qualified graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

All expenses covered by scholarship.

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Featured Fellows

Mark Clark, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Medieval Theology, Biblical Theology, Scholasticism

Michael Gorman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Metaphysics, Human Nature

Angela McKay Knobel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Moral Philosophy, Thomistic Ethics, Virtue Ethics

Brandon Vaidyanathan

Associate Professor of Sociology, The Catholic University of America

Expertise: Work and Professions; Religion and Globalization; Religion, Science, and Health

A Catechism for Business

A Catechism for Business draws together the Church’s social doctrine on business, organized by topic and question. It serves as a reference guide for Catholic business leaders who wish to deepen their faith and grow in their understanding of Catholic social doctrine as applied to business.

“A Catechism for Business fills a critical need in today’s complex world, where moral answers to questions are not always clear-cut. This well-organized and concise book is an absolute must for business people and policy makers ‘in the trenches’ as well as for academics, and even theologians focused on the common good.”

– Luanne Zurlo, Founder and former President and Executive Director, WorldFund