The Portsmouth Institute for Faith and Culture promotes Catholic intellectual thought through academic events, including conferences, lectures, and seminars. Our audience includes students and faculty at St. Louis and Portsmouth Abbeys, college students, scholars, clergy, members of religious orders, and the general public.

Annual Conference

The Portsmouth Institute national conference, inaugurated in 2009, is the Institute’s flagship program. Held each summer at Portsmouth Abbey’s exquisite bay-side campus in Rhode Island, the national conference provides academics, students, clergy, religious, lay Catholics, and anyone interested in Christianity and public life network and learn from scholars of international acclaim. Previous conference topics include: The Catholic William F. Buckley, Newman and the Intellectual Tradition, The Catholic Shakespeare?, Modern Science, Ancient Faith, and Catholicism and the American Experience.

Lectures Series

Portsmouth Institute lectures and conversations provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and the broader community to engage fundamental questions related to politics, philosophy, education, ethics, literature, art, history, science, and more. Lectures are hosted at the campuses of Portsmouth and St. Louis Abbeys, and at strategic locations throughout the two regions. Most lectures are free and open to the public.

Conversation with the Classics Seminars

“Conversation with the Classics” is an invitation-only seminar discussion series, open to select members and friends of the Portsmouth Institute.

Student Seminars

Portsmouth Institute student seminars, co-sponsored by the Christian Doctrine program at Portsmouth Abbey School, assist in the spiritual and intellectual development of select high school students by providing a forum for advanced discussion and critical thinking.