To explore the rich heritage of Catholic thought,
guided by Benedictine tradition and in service to the new evangelization.
Founded in 2009 under the tutelage of Portsmouth and Saint Louis Abbeys, the Portsmouth Institute is a Catholic intellectual center whose mission is to explore Catholic thought and promote a renewal of Christian culture. The Portsmouth Institute articulates the nexus between faith and reason, religion and public life, Catholic principle and practice in response to our increasingly secular age. We do this in the spirit of Saint Benedict, our patron, and in service to the new evangelization. All our activities are focused on four interrelated areas:
• Scholarship and Research: Encourage the study of Catholic thought among students, teachers, and scholars
• Intellectual Evangelization: Grant opportunities for the public to explore Catholic thought and the literary, artistic, and religious heritage of the West
• Public Discourse: Influence public discourse by promoting authentic Catholic perspectives on topics of cultural relevance
• Student Formation: Provide high school students with meaningful encounters with the Catholic faith and its intellectual tradition
In an age of sound bites, Google instant searches, and Twitter wars, religious belief is often ignored, misrepresented, or worst of all, maligned. And while Christian thought once guided the ethical, moral, and political foundations of Western civilization, today Christianity is sidelined in the places where its presence is most needed, including in academia and the public square. Today, Christians must seek new ways to influence our culture. Our vision is to restore the foundation of Western Civilization on the basis a distinctly Catholic understanding truth, goodness, and beauty.
The Portsmouth Institute’s programs include: an annual summer conference attracting over 200 teachers, students, clergy, and lifelong learners to our Abbey in Rhode Island; intensive academic seminars for students and faculty; lectures for the students, teachers, and the public which articulate Catholic principle and practice; Conversatio, quarterly digest of faith and culture; and art exhibits and sacred music concerts. We leverage our valuable relationships with philanthropists, Catholic thought leaders, clergy and teachers in order to promote and sustain our work.