XI International Thomistic Congress in Rome, September 2020

The Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas, together with the Thomistic Institute of the Angelicum, is organizing its XI International Thomistic Congress, to be held in Rome from Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September 2020. The conference is entitled “Vetera novis augere. The resources of the Thomist tradition in the current context” and aims to consider the vitality of the resources of the Thomist tradition in contemporary theological and philosophical debates. The website of the Thomistic Congress ( http://romathomism2020.com) contains a Call for Papers with a deadline of April 15, 2020.

The website also offers the full collection of papal speeches to the previous conferences which in itself already offers an interesting perspective on the varied approaches to Thomism undertaken by the different Pontiffs, (for instance Pope Pius XII’ lengthy reflections on the essence of matter in light of contemporary science). On Saturday, September 26, the participants can join in a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Saint Thomas Aquinas to Roccasecca, Aquino and Fossanova.


Call for Papers: Aquinas at Kalamazoo

The Center for Thomistic Studies and the Thomas Aquinas Society, under the leadership of Steven Jensen and John Boyle, respectively, have announced a call for papers for their six sessions at the 2020 International Congress for Medieval Studies. The Congress is held every May at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. These sessions are devoted to Medieval theology and philosophy, especially that in the Thomistic tradition and found in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas himself. For consideration, submit a 300-word abstract to jfboyle@stthomas.edu and to jensensj@stthom.edu by September 15, 2019.

Call for Papers: Fr. Dewan Symposium

Dominican University College in Ottawa is hosting its annual Symposium from Thursday, September 19 to Friday, September 20 in honor of the great Dominican scholar, Fr. Lawrence Dewan. Fr. Dewan was an incredibly gifted teacher whose impact on the study Thomistic metaphysics, natural philosophy, and ethics cannot be overstated. This year’s Symposium takes as its theme, The Study of Philosophy, and will feature Gregory T. Doolan as its keynote speaker. “The specific theme of The Study of Philosophy is intended in part to elicit thinking on the personal contribution of Father Lawrence Dewan to Thomistic philosophical thinking.” The organizers have issued a call for papers in either English or French, requesting full-page abstracts to be submitted to rene.fehr@dominicanu.ca by Friday, August 2. More information can be found on the Symposium webpage here.

Job Opening at Christendom College

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Christendom College in Virginia is conducting a search for a full-time theologian in the “Catholic and Thomistic tradition“ at the rank of assistant professor, to start in August 2020. Specialization should be in historical or systematic theology, with competence in Scripture, sacramental theology, or Thomistic moral theology preferred. “Christendom College is committed to Thomistic programs of instruction in theology and philosophy, which are taught according to the spirit, method, and principles of the Common Doctor.” Applications are due by August 15, 2019 in order to be eligible for full consideration.

More information can be found on the Christendom College website and on HigherEdJobs.com.

Call for Papers: Thomas Aquinas & the Crisis of Christology

The Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal (at Ave Maria University) and the Thomistic Institute (at the Dominican House of Studies) are teaming up once again for a February 2020 academic conference to be held in Ave Maria. This year’s theme is, “Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology.” The Sacra Doctrina Project’s own Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., will be featured as one of two keynote speakers.

A call for papers is open, but the deadline for abstracts is August 1, 2019. More information can be found on AMU’s Graduate Theology blog and at the Ave Conferences page.

Summer Theology Program - St. Thomas on Galatians - to be put on by the Albertus Magnus Center

August 12 - 16; Wausau, WI

The Albert the Great Center is expanding its offerings by holding a summer theology program in the USA for the first time in collaboration with The Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine. The primary focus of this week-long intensive course will be the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians, supported by St. Thomas Aquinas' commentary on the same epistle.

The daily academic schedule will include both lectures and discussion-style seminars. The seminars focus on a detailed reading of the great texts of the theological tradition, the aim of which is to arrive at a deeper knowledge of truth through a collaborative work of reasoned dialogue. The lectures provide an opportunity for certain topics that arise out of the reading to be explored in greater depth. One of the highlights of the course is the formal scholastic disputation to be held on Thursday, August 15, in honor of the solemn feast of Our Lady's Assumption.

In addition to the academic program, there will also be ample opportunity to participate in the rich liturgical life of St. Mary's Oratory with the canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Daily Mass and prayers of the divine office will be available in the usus antiquior('extraordinary form') of the Roman Rite, as well as the sacrament of confession. 

Faculty for the program will be Fr. Thomas Crean, O.P., Dr. John Joy, Dr. Alan Fimister, and Dr. Taylor Patrick O’Neill.

For more information about attending, see here.

Tom Hibbs named president of the University of Dallas

UD alumni received an email today informing us that Tom Hibbs has been named our ninth president. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about this news. Hibbs seemed one of the obvious choices to me and was on my personal short list. UD is (in my humble opinion) among the best of The Newman Guide schools. Through the travails of the past few decades, under leadership that often seemed (to put it mildly) out of step with its spirit, UD somehow managed to maintain its excellent and demanding core, which really is its heart. Hibbs is also a UD alumnus, so I know he gets that.

Congratulations to the Board of Trustees and the search committee on this superb choice!

Our readers, I’m sure, are aware of Hibbs’s work in the Thomistic tradition.


S.M.A.R.T. Call for Papers The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism (S.M.A.R.T.) is planning a session for the 2019 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Minneapolis, MN, 21-24 November 2019. It is accepting papers on all aspects of Thomism from 1274 to the publication of the Carmelite Cursus Theologiae (1631-1701). This year we are particularly interested in papers on the signification and supposition of terms and their use in arguments, but we remain open to all areas. Please send papers and direct enquiries to Domenic D’Ettore at ddettore[at]marian[dot]edu. Papers and abstracts received by 15 May will receive full consideration. Selection preference will be given to complete papers. The submission of an abstract alone should be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae. A final version of the paper is required by 15 September 2019 in order to facilitate a response paper which will be given during the conference session.

Thomistic Symposium "Thomas Aquinas on Creation and Nature", Rome, October 3-5, 2019

The Thomistic Institute at the Angelicum in Rome has announced a Symposium, entitled “Thomas Aquinas on Creation and Nature” which will be held October 3-5, 2019 in Rome.

Keynotes will be given by Eleonore Stump, Serge-Thomas Bonino O.P. and Paul Clavier. Other speakers include Michael Dodds O.P., Kevin Flannery S.J., Dominic Legge O.P., John O’Callaghan and many others.

Proposals for papers can be submitted by March 1, 2019. For more information, click here


Jörgen Vijgen

DR. JÖRGEN VIJGEN holds academic appointments in Medieval and Thomistic Philosophy at several institutions in the Netherlands. His dissertation, “The status of Eucharistic accidents ‘sine subiecto’: An Historical Trajectory up to Thomas Aquinas and selected reactions,” was written under the direction of Fr. Walter Senner, O.P. at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy and published in 2013 by Akademie Verlag (now De Gruyter) in Berlin, Germany.

St. Thomas Aquinas and Hagiography, January 18, 2019


Father Innocent Smith O.P. informs us of a session on St. Thomas and Hagiography he is organizing on January 18, 2019 at the Antonianum in Rome. He writes:

“In this session, we will consider the hagiographical sources and writings of Thomas Aquinas from the perspectives of systematic, historical, moral, and liturgical theology, considering his treatment of saints from the New Testament period as well as early Christian saints and martyrs. Through this panel, we hope to demonstrate the significance of Thomas Aquinas as hagiographer and to show the fruitfulness of multi-disciplinary inquiry into the treatment of saints by authors beyond the recognized canon of hagiographical writers.”

The contributors and topics treated are:

AUSTIN DOMINIC LITKE (Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Roma) St. Thomas Aquinas and the Vitae Patrum

INNOCENT SMITH (Universität Regensburg) St. Thomas Aquinas and the Early Christian Martyrs

JOHN BAPTIST KU (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington) John the Baptist in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas

EZRA SULLIVAN (Pontificia Università S. Tommaso d’Aquino, Roma) Imperfect but Exemplary Saints: Paul and Mary Magdalene in the Theology of Aquinas

More information can be found here.

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Jörgen Vijgen

DR. JÖRGEN VIJGEN holds academic appointments in Medieval and Thomistic Philosophy at several institutions in the Netherlands. His dissertation, “The status of Eucharistic accidents ‘sine subiecto’: An Historical Trajectory up to Thomas Aquinas and selected reactions,” was written under the direction of Fr. Walter Senner, O.P. at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy and published in 2013 by Akademie Verlag (now De Gruyter) in Berlin, Germany.

Symposium Thomisticum IV, Rome, July 4-6, 2019

Fran O’Rourke informs us of the fourth Symposium Thomisticum coming up this summer in Rome. I have copied and pasted below the complete information as provided by Dr. O’Rourke. Notice the call for papers. The deadline for abstracts is January 1 and the deadline for completed papers is June 1.

The fourth Symposium Thomisticum will take place in Rome, 4 – 6 July 2019.

Theme of the symposium will be ‘Aquinas Philosopher Theologian’.

The venue is the Collegio Irlandese, centrally located near the church of St John Lateran.

Details are available at www.ucd.ie/philosophy/symposiumthomisticum (google Symposium Thomisticum).

Speakers will include Serge-Thomas Bonino, Therese Cory, Kevin Flannery, Joshua Hochschild, Ed Houser, Gyula Klima, Patrick Masterson, Siobhan Nash-Marshall, John O’Callaghan, Paul O’Grady, Fran O’Rourke, Alice Ramos, Andrea Robiglio, Mary Catherine Sommers, Rudi Te Velde, Candace Vogler, Giovanni Ventimiglia, Kevin White. Other speakers to be confirmed.

Papers are invited for supplementary parallel sessions on the afternoon of Saturday 6 July. While topics on any aspect of Aquinas are welcome, priority will be given to those relating to philosophy and theology. To avoid overlap, initial proposals should be sent by email to Fran O’Rourke, Emeritus Professor, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin (orourke@ucd.ie).

The deadline for abstracts is 1 January, and for completed papers 1 June 2019.

Papers will be circulated in advance; summaries will be presented at the symposium: papers will be discusssed rather than read.

Participation fee will be €150 to include refreshments and the conference banquet. Reduced student registration: €125.

Accommodation: Rooms are available at the Collegio Irlandese, approx $100 for bed and breakfast. All rooms are air conditioned; there is a swimming pool in the spacious grounds.

All inquiries to Fran O’Rourke, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin (orourke@ucd.ie).

Aristotle's revenge! Feser's new book on philosophy of nature

Ed Feser announced a couple days ago on his blog that his new book Aristotle’s Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science will be out early next year from Editiones Scholasticae. I’m looking forward to it and I’m sure many of our readers are too. For more info see his post.