Aquinas Center and Emory

The Aquinas Center is an affiliate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  

While we work very closely with the university, Emory does not control our internal administrative or program decisions. 

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. 

The Center is also the beneficiary of 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
  • Philosophy Department
  • Theater Emory
  • Science and Society
  • Carlos Museum
  • Center for Law and Religion
  • Center for Ethics