Welcome to the first edition of Encounter, the magazine of the University of St. Thomas. Pope Francis recently urged us all to work toward a “culture of encounter,” like Jesus did. It’s an invitation to dive deeper: not just seeing, but looking; not just hearing, but listening; allowing yourself to be moved with compassion. As you read through the pages of each edition of Encounter magazine, you will find an up-close look at some of UST’s most inspiring and, sometimes, surprising stories.
This University is a dynamic and exhilarating place to be. Every day I get to engage with faculty, staff, alumni and students who are turning the dialogue between faith and reason into bold and creative action. ‘Did you know… ’ is often the way I begin conversations with my wife, Melynda, at the end of the day. I am lucky to work in such a vibrant and innovative community.
Encounter is an attempt to capture that fearless pursuit of knowledge, born from our Catholic tradition, that empowers Celts to run at every new idea, technology, social cause or scientific breakthrough with confidence, knowing that whatever they discover will only reaffirm our mission and truth.
UST was born out of that same fearless spirit, through the bold actions of our Basilian Fathers. They planted this university in the heart of Houston not to be an island, but to be an agent of transformational change for the community, and the world. As you read about their early partnership with Dominique de Menil and the new collaboration taking place at Keon House, it is clear they are still taking bold actions that will help us remain true to our motto, “Crescamus in Christo,” grow in love and service of Christ.
I hope you enjoy this edition of the magazine and that it inspires you on your own journey toward a true culture of encounter.
In peace and unity,
Dr. Richard Ludwick, President