News from the Albert the Great Center

Two items of note from the folks at the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies:

First, the proceedings from their 2016 Summer School, "Thomas's Commentary on the Romans", are available for pre-order. Included in the volume are several of the papers given as lectures during the school on themes such as sacrifice, faith, and as well as the from their scholastic disputation.

From the table of contents:

1. "The Sacrifice of Christ as an Act of Vicarious Satisfaction" by John P. Joy, S.T.L.
2. "How Is the Mass a Sacrifice?" by Rev. Thomas Crean, O.P., S.T.D.  
3. "The Symbolism of the First Entrance of the Holy Synaxis in the Mystagogy of St. Maximus the Confessor" by Rev. Yosyp Veresh, S.T.D.  
4. "Biblical and Liturgical Typology in the Letter to the Hebrews" by Rev. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B., S.L.D.  
5. "The Christian Liturgy as Sacrificium Laudis in the Epistle to the Hebrews” by Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D.  
6. “‘Credere oportet accedentem ad Deum’ – On the Nature and Necessity of Faith” by Br. Evagrius Hayden, O.S.B., S.T.M.  
7. “Christ as Head of the Human Race” by Daniel Lendman, S.T.L.  
8. Quæstiones Disputatæ

Q. 1. Whether he who performs the rites of the Old Law offends God?
Q. 2. Whether the shedding of blood is necessary for the remission of sins?
Q. 3. Whether to please God it is sufficient to believe that he is and is a rewarder of those who seek him?

Second, they have announced their 2017 Summer Program, "Divine Power in a Hidden Way: Thomas's Commentary on the Sentences IV," which will take place from July 2nd-14th. Held in co-operation with the Benedictine Monks of Norcia, the program will take place adjacent to the monastery on the mountainside just outside of the town of Norcia, Italy. This will be the sixth summer they have held a program. The two-week seminar will undertake a close reading of selections on the sacraments "in general", Baptism, and the Eucharist, and include daily lectures from Fellows of the Center, and also the fathers of the monastery.

This study is a particularly noteworthy one, as it will be the first time a study of Aquinas' Commentary on the Sentences will be undertaken with recourse to a full-translation of the Latin into English, thus making it accessible to all.

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Christopher Owens

Christopher is married with three children, and is currently an adjunct member of the Theology Faculty at St. John’s University, where he teaches for their Rome campus. He is also director of the St. Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies, which for five years has hosted an annual summer theology program in Norcia, Italy. Christopher is enrolled at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas ("the Angelicum”), where he will soon complete his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) with a concentration in Thomism. His thesis investigates the question of predestination in the early Thomist school. During the 2015/2016 academic year, Christopher had the opportunity to take a postgraduate diploma in Medieval Studies offered through FIDEM. Christopher completed his Masters in Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria, where his thesis was on the question of the liturgy as a theological source in the Church Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas. Originally from North Carolina, Christopher previously worked at the Maryvale Higher Institute for Religious Sciences in Birmingham, England. He spent a number of years in pastoral ministry, such as youth mission work in Scotland, university chaplaincy work in England, and also working as a director of religious education at a parish in Wyoming. In his free time, he likes to do a bit of photography and brew beer.