Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Michael Naughton

Michael Naughton

Professional Background:

Michael J. Naughton is the Director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he also holds the Koch Chair in Catholic Studies. The Center for Catholic Studies is the oldest and largest Catholic Studies program in the world.  Michael Naughton is the author and editor of nine books and over 40 articles. Previously he held the Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought and was the Director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, also at the University of St. Thomas. Naughton has been called upon to participate in national and international symposia, inviting educators and business leaders into a conversation through which human work may be appreciated in its moral and theological dimensions.


Ph.D. in Theology and Society from Marquette University

M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas


Points Of Interest:

Through his position at the University of St. Thomas, Naughton has undertaken the work of discovering the means by which students may integrate their professional training in business and administration with a profoundly theological understanding of their personal and human vocation. He has worked to design curricula in order that his students may grasp the graced possibilities for themselves and for others by integrating their faith and their work within the business world and in their profession. He strives to teach his students the profound relation between work as a practical wisdom and the contemplative leisure that must sustain it.

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