Suppressing San Marco?

The historic Dominican priory of San Marco in Florence may soon be suppressed by the Order. Its fate rests in the hands of the Master of the Order, Bruno Cadoré. Although the fathers of the Province of S. Caterina da Siena have twice expressed their desire to suppress the priory, so far Cadoré has resisted. Sandro Magister has the up-to-date story (here in Italian and here in English).

Memorial Symposium for Fr. Lawrence Dewan, O.P. (November 5-7, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario)

Dominican University College has issued a call for papers for an upcoming memorial symposium for Fr. Lawrence Dewan, O. P.:

"The Philosophy of Lawrence Dewan: Metaphysics and Ethics. Professor Lawrence Dewan, O.P., enriched the areas of Thomistic metaphysics, natural philosophy and ethics for over forty years. With the outstanding lucidity, depth and comprehensiveness of his work, Father Dewan’s research has become a point of reference for scholars working on various aspects of the legacy of Thomas Aquinas. The specific theme of the Metaphysics and Ethics symposium is intended in part to elicit thinking on the personal contribution of Father Lawrence Dewan to both areas of philosophical research."

On a related note, a memorial notice for Fr. Dewan written by Steven Baldner was just published in The Review of Metaphysics.


CTSA Proceedings 1946-2014 available online

The Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America are available online (for free). You can find them here. The Proceedings archive spans from the foundation of the CTSA in 1946 to the present. As of this posting, the latest available Proceedings are from 2014. You can read the papers online or download them as PDF files.

Deification According to Thomas Aquinas: A New Book From Sapientia Press

Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University has just published a new volume in its "Faith and Reason" series. The book, The Glory of God's GraceDeification According to St. Thomas Aquinas, by Dr. Daria Spezzano of Providence College, treats the intelligibility of "the radical claim that God creates human beings with the possibility of sharing, as God's adopted children, in the divine life" (1). The work includes seven chapters, two appendices—that is, 390 pages of Prof. Spezzano's  erudite scholarship and contemplative appreciation for St. Thomas's rich theology of deification.

From the back cover:

The Glory of God's Grace offers the first full-length comprehensive study of Thomas's teaching on deification in its scriptural, patristic, philosophical, developmental, and systematic context. Daria Spezzano traces Thomas's theology of deification throughout the Summa, exploring in depth how the notion of deification links his treatments of the divine missions and image, the journey to beatitude through the moral life, adopted sonship through Christ and his sacraments, and the deiform worship of the beatific vision. Also examined are Thomas's other works, in particular his Scripture commentaries, as well as the evolution of his thought. Spezzano argues that Thomas's theology of deification in the Summa theologiae demonstrates his mature vision of God's loving and sapiential ordering of predestined human persons to communion with himself by a progressive participation in the divine likeness and activity, accounting for both the primacy of divine causality in all its modes and the fullness of graced human freedom. The fruit of this theology is ultimately doxological: the deification of adopted sons gives praise to God's glory by fully manifesting God's gracious plan to share the divine life with rational creatures.