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Society of Catholic Scientists

Rochester Chapter

Our Mission

We are scientists who are Catholic Christians in the Rochester, New York region.

We promote intellectual dialog between science and faith and provide opportunities for friendship among students and scientists.

Guest Lecturer

Jonathan Lunine, Ph.D.
Faith and the Expanding Universe of George Lemaitre
Thursday, April 7, 2022, 7:15 pm.
University of Rochester River Campus

Watch the lecture on YouTube here. This is better for a mobile device.

Or you can view it directly below.
Picture of Dr. Jonathan Lunine

He is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and Chair of the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University. (Ph.D. Planetary Science 1985, Caltech) Prof. Lunine does research in astrophysics, planetary science and astrobiology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and among other awards is the recipient of the Jean Dominique Cassini Medal of the European Geosciences Union (2015) and the Basic Sciences Award of the Int. Academy of Astronautics (2009). He is the author of Astrobiology, A Multidisciplinary Approach (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2005) and Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World (2nd ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013).

Dr. Lunine's faculty page at Cornell.

Dr. Lunine's visit was cosponsored by the Agathon Institute of Western New York.

We are grateful to the John Templeton Foundation for their financial support of Dr. Lunine's visit.

Gold Mass

This year we will sponsor a "Gold Mass" to bring together Rochester region scientists and students for spiritual fellowship.

The Society of Catholic Scientists sponsors Gold Masses for Scientists. This follows in the tradition of special Masses for members of particular professions. The oldest, the Red Mass for lawyers and lawmakers, was introduced in the 13th century. The first White Mass for health care professionals and Blue Mass for law enforcement personnel were begun in the 1930s. By promoting Gold Masses for Scientists around the world, SCS hopes to create spiritual fellowship among Catholic scientists, science educators and science students at the local level.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you. Email us at the address below and we will reply within a day or two!

Interesting Links

Here are some links to websites you might find interesting.

Society of Catholic Scientists--International Web Site

Our Rochester group is a regional chapter of the Society of Catholic Scientists. Their web site has a wealth of information regarding the harmony of faith and science.

The Vatican Observatory...Did you know there was such a thing?

The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest active astronomical observatories in the world, with its roots going back to 1582. The Vatican Observatory stands at the forefront of scientific research covering a broad range of topics, from an examination of the tiniest specks of interplanetary dust to the origin and structure of the universe.

Seek earnestly!