Father Joseph R. Laracy Endorses OLMC


Father Joseph R Laracy is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Systematic Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary.  He earned his BS in Computer Engineering & Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his SM in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his STL and STB from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He is the author of several noted publications, including An Experiment in Interdisciplinary STEM Education: Insights from the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, which examines the “silo effect” (i.e., the growing tendency of disciplinary isolation in research and teaching) in academia today and posits a solution based on bringing the sciences into dialogue with the wider Catholic intellectual tradition and fostering a healthy exchange between philosophy, theology, mathematics, computing, and the natural sciences.


Father Laracy has offered the following endorsement of OLMC:


“As a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Seton Hall, my principal technical interests are in system science:  systems theory, dynamical systems (modelling with differential equations), and systems engineering. I also enjoy teaching topics in applied statistics, logic, and the history of mathematics and science. Both as an educator and a lifelong STEM student myself, I am thrilled to offer my endorsement of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Its classical liberal arts curriculum uniquely trains students in crucial STEM elements, such as critical thinking and reasoning skills as well as relating Catholic theology and doctrine with the natural sciences. The curriculum and methods of its mathematics and science programs are second to none. OLMC not only prepares its students to compete with others around the globe in these important subjects; more importantly, it teaches them how to discover the joy and wonder mathematics and science have to offer.”