December 2015 conference in Utrecht: call for papers

In from Harm Goris is news of a December, 2015 conference in Utrecht on "The Virtuous Life: Thomas Aquinas on the theological nature of moral virtues." The conference takes place from 16–19 December 2015, and abstract submissions are due by June 1, 2015. Here's a short scrape from the conference's site:

The teachings of the moral part of Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae continue to inspire and to enlighten theologians and ethicists. Especially for those who are interested in a specifically Christian account of human moral and spiritual life, Aquinas’ ethical investigations in the Summa are an inexhaustible source. In his rich and detailed treatment of both the moral and the theological virtues, however, Aquinas fails to explain unambiguously to what extent the Christian faith determines human moral life. As a result, this topic is the subject of an ongoing debate in the literature.

For more information on this excellent opportunity, go to the conference's website.

Business Ethics position at University of St. Thomas (Houston)

Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers informed me about an Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Here's a portion of the advertisement, the full copy of which is in this PDF:

The Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Texas is inviting applications for a senior scholar to assume the Endowed Chair in Business Ethics.
The University of St. Thomas is a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and to the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education.
The Cameron School of Business educates students of diverse backgrounds, teaching professional skills necessary for a changing global economy and instilling a deep appreciation for ethical behavior inspired by the educational tradition of the founding Basilian Fathers.  Small classes and a low student-to-faculty ratio assure individual attention. The Cameron School of Business has achieved accreditation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
We seek an individual with a background in business, a doctorate in a relevant discipline, a distinguished scholarly record in the field of business ethics, and proven teaching excellence at all levels. The ideal candidate should be willing to build relationships with the university community, local business leaders, and colleagues in the field of business ethics.
Applications should address the candidate’s support of and ways he/she will contribute to the mission of Catholic higher education with particular reference to Ex corde ecclesiae.  Applicants should consult and address Ex corde ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution “On Catholic Universities” of Pope John Paul II, in preparing their statement.  Ex corde is available at this link: Ex corde ecclesiae.


Fr Dewan is ill and declining

Maxime Allard, OP, of the Dominican University College in Ottawa, is sharing news that Fr Lawrence Dewan, OP, is in the hospital, and his health is rapidly declining. Please storm heaven with your prayers for him.