Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., spoke at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s Lenten Reflection Series, in a lecture entitled, “The Rosary: Boring, Filled with Distractions and Very Dry. Therefore, Why Continue to Pray It?”
Most Rev. Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, has praised The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology, the latest book by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. Bishop Barron calls Fr. White “one the brightest of a new generation of Thomas interpreters.” The Bishop has also released a video on this subject, and made the book the subject of a Word on Fire podcast on April 5.
Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P., spoke at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Dominican Spirituality.
Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., spoke on “Theosis: Understanding Christian Divinization” for the Institute of Catholic Culture, which has put his lecture and accompanying printed resources online. Fr. Hofer is the author of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ Through the Liturgy.
Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., is one of over 200 signatories to the declaration Cantate Domino, arguing for the continued relevance and importance of traditional sacred music. The declaration, released on the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II instruction Musicam Sacram, critiques the numerous serious deviation from it that have plagued the Catholic church for the past half-century.
Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., participated in a panel discussion of Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City.
Dr. Jem Sullivan has written an article for Catholic News Service on the National Gallery of Art’s exhibit, “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence,” which showcases the painted terracotta sculptures of Florence’s della Robbia family of artists. “This must-see exhibit,” says Dr. Sullivan, “allows visitors to make a visual retreat during the Lenten and Easter seasons with evocative devotional sculptures depicting the Pieta, the Resurrection, the Visitation, the virtues, the saints, and many tender scenes of the Madonna and Christ Child.” Dr. Sullivan discussed the exhibit on EWTN radio’s “Morning Glory.”
Oxford University Press has published a new book by Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas. Fr. Legge is Assistant Director of the Thomistic Institute. Fr. Legge discussed the book on EWTN radio’s “Morning Glory.”
Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., was the homilist and principal celebrant for The Catholic University of America’s Mass in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on January 31. This annual Mass marks the beginning of National Catholic Schools Week. CUA has a story on the Mass. You may also view the entire Mass, or Fr. White’s homily.
Fr. John Corbett, O.P., spoke at Ohio Dominican University’s St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation on Thursday, January 26. Fr. Corbett’s topic was “Virtues, Reasons, and Causes: the Fullness of Action in Thomas Aquinas.”
Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., was recently interviewed about his book, Wisdom in the Face of Modernity, now in its second edition from Sapientia, the academic press of Ave Maria University.
Fr. White will speak at the Colloquium on the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas at Aquinas College in Nashville on March 8, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. Fr. White’s topic is “Can Beauty Save the World? Aquinas on Art and the Liturgy.” The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P., will speak on “Theosis: Understanding Christian Divinization” at St. Agnes Church Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on Sunday, March 26. Fr. Hofer is Associate Professor of Patristics and Ancient Languages at the PFIC and is the editor of Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy (Hillenbrand Books, 2015). The event, which includes dinner, is being put on by the Institute of Catholic Culture, and requires an R.S.V.P.; please see the Institute’s website for details.
Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., and Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., are among the priests who regularly serve as the “Godly Counsel aka spiritual sidekick”on EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory. The show’s archives is available online.
Vice President and Academic Dean Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., commented on Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter on mercy, Misericordia et misera, in the Daily Caller. Fr. Petri is on Twitter and now has his own Facebook page.
Dr. Jem Sullivan directed the Advent Day of Reflection at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on December 3. Dr. Sullivan recently hosted the EWTN special documentary, “The Beauty of Faith: Sacred Art in the New Evangelization.”
Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., and Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., were among the speakers at “The Mercy of God and the Family: An Academic Symposium to Mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy.”
Members of our faculty who have signed the Affirmation of the Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality, countering the “Wijngaards Statement,” include: Dr. Brian T. Carl, Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., Dr. Jody Vaccaro Lewis, Fr. Dominic Langevin, O.P., Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., Fr. Stephen Ryan, O.P., and Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (For alumni signatories, see our Alumni News section.)