Society of Catholic Social Scientists - 20th Annual Conference

Twentieth Annual Conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists

            Founded in 1992 and devoted to the development of authentic Catholic scholarship and the promotion of Catholic social thought, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (S.C.S.S.) is convening its twentieth annual conference on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Kellenberg Memorial High School, in Long Island. The high school address is 1400 Glenn Curtiss Boulevard, Uniondale, New York, 11553, (516)-292-0200. The event graciously is being hosted by the Marianist Community, which administers the high school, a high school known for its fidelity to the Catholic Marianist heritage, its outstanding and professional faculty, and its track record of providing a host of scholarly and religious activities for the outside community.

The conference features:

  • Over 70 competing panel sessions on a wide variety of academic, moral, and religious issues of import to the Catholic worldview that involves the participation of over 200 Catholic academics, educators, and activists, many of the latter of national and international stature.

  • Plenary talks by Robert George, J.D., D. Phil., McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, Peggy Clores of the Catholic Writers of Long Island, and Most. Rev. William Murphy, D.D., S.T.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

  • Luncheon talks by Paul Vitz, Ph.D., of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences of Arlington, Virginia and Bill Donohue, Ph.D., President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

  • Dinner talks by David L. Gregory, J.S.D., J.D., the Dorothy Day Chair at the St. John’s University School of Law, and His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, D.D., J.C.D., Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of New York.

  • Various Award ceremonies. Monsignor George P. Graham, Ph.D., J.C.D., will be acknowledged for his service as the Second President of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the S.C.S.S.. Acknowledged for their lifetime contributions to the promotion and defense of human life are Florence Maloney, Ed.D., of the Joint Parish Respect Life Committee; Jane Gilroy, Ph.D., President of the Long Island Chapter of University Faculty for Life; Richard Hinshaw, M.A., Editor of the Long Island Catholic newspaper; Rev. Joseph Koterski, S.J., Ph.D., Fordham University Professor of Philosophy and current President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars; and Richard S. Myers, J.D., Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law and former President of University Faculty for Life. Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., Ph.D. of the Sisters for Life and Frank J. Russo, Jr., President of the New York Affiliate of the American Family Association will receive the Blessed Frederick Ozanam Award for Catholic Social Action. Finally, Patrick Fagan, Ph.D. of the Washington D.C. based Family Research Council and Stephen M. Krason, Ph.D., Esq., Franciscan University Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program of Legal Studies and President and Co-Founder of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists will receive the Pope Pius XI Award for the Furthering of a True Catholic Social Science as called for in the encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (1931).

  • The cooperation of many academic and educational organizations with Catholic ecclesiastical leadership and various Church or Church-related apostolates and ministries.

          For more information, about the conference (e.g. costs for registration and meals; schedule for panels, plenary sessions, and speakers; local Marriott hotel information; etc.), go to the conference web site, Media interested in interviews about the conference, can contact either Dr. Stephen M. Krason, President of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, ( or Rev. Msgr. Robert Batule of Saint Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie) and the Conference Program Chair (

Kellenberg Memorial High School - 1400 Glenn Curtiss Blvd., Uniondale, New York | 516-292-0200