About The Los Angeles Lonergan Center

Preserving the Catholic and Jesuit Intellectual Tradition in the 21st Century

Lonergan Center diagram
Lonergan's outline of his conception of eight functional specialties

The mission of the Los Angeles Lonergan Center is to promote and support the scholarly study and implementation of the ideas of Bernard Lonergan, S.J., in the areas of methodology, philosophy, theology, and economics.

"There is bound to be formed a solid right that is determined to live in a world that no longer exists. There is bound to be formed a scattered left, captivated by now this, now that new development, exploring now this and now that new possibility. But what will count is a perhaps not numerous center, big enough to be at home in both the old and the new, painstaking enough to work out one by one the transitions to be made, strong enough to refuse half measures and insist on complete solutions even though it has to wait."
-- Bernard Lonergan

The Los Angeles Lonergan Center was established by Mark D. Morelli, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, in June, 1995, with the assistance and support of Rev. Thomas P. O'Malley, S.J., then President of Loyola Marymount University. The assembly of the Center's holdings was begun in the early 1980s by Rev. Timothy P. Fallon, S.J., a student of Bernard Lonergan and Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University. The Center was located at Santa Clara University and directed by Tim Fallon from 1982 until 1995. After Tim Fallon's death, the Center and the annual conference associated with it were transferred to Loyola Marymount University.

The Center is located on the third floor of University Hall, Room 3408, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.