St. Thomas Aquinas Forum

Each year, the St. Thomas Aquinas Theological & Catechetical Forum offers a weekend of intensive study of a particular area of theological interest. Led by Aquinas College faculty members and other distinguished scholars, the Forum unites academic study, discussion, and the liturgy of the Church. Attendance can be counted toward hours needed for diocesan catechist certification programs.

Past Forums

2016 St. Thomas Aquinas Forum

Virtue in Our Current Culture: Living the Nobility of Strength and Goodness

Featuring talks by Father Jacques Philippe, Dr. Kevin Vost, Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk, Sister Mary Madeline Todd, O.P., Deacon Brad Watkins, Father Cassian Derbes, O.P., and musical entertainment by Kara Klein.

9th Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Forum, February 2015

Proclaiming and Living the Gospel of the Family

“Our reflections must keep before us the beauty of the family and marriage, the greatness of this human reality which is so simple and yet so rich, consisting of joys and hopes, of struggles and sufferings, as is the whole of life… We are called to acknowledge how beautiful, true and good it is to start a family, to be a family today; and how indispensable the family is for the life of the world and for the future of humanity. We are called to make known God’s magnificent plan for the family and to help spouses joyfully experience this plan in their lives, as we accompany them amidst so many difficulties.”
—Pope Francis

Just months after the bishops meet with the Holy Father in Rome for the Synod on the Family, the 9th Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Forum will be examining this same theme. Join us as we celebrate this great gift, examining the role of the family in the Church, in society, and in God’s plan from the beginning. As the synod preparatory document stated, “The family is an inexhaustible resource and font of life in the Church’s pastoral activity. Therefore, the primary task of the Church is to proclaim the beauty of the vocation to love which holds great potential for society and the Church.”

The Forum featured talks by Helen Alvaré, John Garvey, Dr. Rich Bulzacchelli, Sister Terese Auer, O.P., Katrina Zeno, and Monsignor Albin J. Grous.

2014 St. Thomas Aquinas Forum

Topic: Modern Man: Who are We Evangelizing and Why?

Friday–Saturday, February 14–15, 2014
on the Dominican Campus

The keynote was delivered by Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. Other speakers include Dr. Ralph Martin, Sister Thomas More, O.P., Dr. Brad Peper, and Sister Elinor, O.P.

2013 St. Thomas Aquinas Forum


Date: February 15–16, 2013
Location: The Dominican Campus

Forum Audio

For full information about the topics and speakers, please download the full Forum brochure (2 Mb PDF)


Faith & Reason
featuring acclaimed Philosopher, author, and Christian apologist Peter Kreeft, Alan Schreck, Peter Pagan, Sister Mary Angelica, O.P., and John Cuddeback.