While Bernard Lonergan, S.J. may be most commonly known in some circles by his later work, such as his book Method in Theology, students of the thought of Thomas Aquinas only ignore at their peril Lonergan’s reading of Thomas in his earlier works such as Grace and Freedom, Verbum: Word and Idea in Aquinas and Insight. Lonergan’s work on Thomas will certainly not fade into the background with the appointment of the rather magnanimous Dr. Jeremy Wilkins as the director of the Lonergan Research Institute in Toronto. The University of St. Thomas in Houston’s loss is Regis’ gain:
Lonergan Research Institute Appoints Jeremy Wilkins as New Director
The Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jeremy D. Wilkins as the new Director of the Lonergan Research Institute, effective July 2nd, 2012. The Board thanked the current Director Gordon Rixon, S.J. and Associate Director Michael Vertin for their years of capable transitional service, which will continue for the coming year until Professor Wilkins assumes his new role.
Wilkins is currently Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St Thomas School of Theology in Houston, Texas, where he has served since 2004. After completing undergraduate studies at Washington University in St Louis and divinity studies at Regis College, he received his doctorate from Boston College in 2004 with a dissertation on the development of Thomas Aquinas’s trinitarian theology. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Thomist, Theological Studies, Pro Ecclesia, Irish Theological Quarterly, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, and other journals and edited volumes. His current project is a book entitled Order and Analogy in Trinitarian Theology: The Achievement of Thomas Aquinas. He has also served the local church in various capacities.
Wilkins will have an academic appointment at Regis College and teach two courses each year, beginning in the fall of 2012.
Professor Jeremy Wilkins Jeremy and his wife of twelve years, Maureen, have two sons: Abraham (11) and Thomas (8). Hitherto they have home schooled. They enjoy camping, cycling, travel, working on their house, and, of course, books!