Aquinas Center and Emory

Thanks to the generosity of Roberto Goizueta, the Aquinas Center acquired its own endowment at Emory University beginning in 1987. With the endowment’s creation, the Center became the first Catholic academic center at a non-Catholic college or university.

In the Summer of 2017, we signed an agreement with Emory University and the Candler School of Theology. The new agreement will not change our independence in administration and programming, but it will inaugurate a range of new collaborative endeavors including lectures on Aquinas and the Catholic and Orthodox faiths. Our offices are now located on the main campus in the Candler School of Theology.

The Center relishes being on the campus of Emory University because of its gracious support of a variety of religious perspectives, including Roman Catholicism that enrich the academic and spiritual lives of all faculty, staff, and students. 

The collaboration of Emory academic and administrative units and individual faculty are essential to our having sufficient resources and support. This has allowed the Center, for example, to participate in the development and support of a Catholic Studies Minor, the only one at a non-Catholic university or college. 


The Aquinas Center traces its origins to 1984, when the Dominican priests of the Southern Province established a residential study center for novices near Emory University. In May of 1987, the Center adopted its present name and became an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.  At the same time the Center adopted a closer relationship with Emory University, a premier research institution consistently ranked among the top 25 national universities by U.S. World and News Report, by becoming an affiliate.

Campus program partners include:

  • Candler School of Theology
  • Pitts Library of Theology
  • Emory Catholic Center
  • Department of Religion
  • Emory School of Medicine
  • Theater Emory
  • Science and Society
  • Carlos Museum
  • Center for the Study of Law and Religion
  • Center for Ethics
  • Religion and Public Health Collaborative