Theology

Why study Theology? Built upon the thorough foundation of the Bachelor of Arts core curriculum, the Theology major at Aquinas College offers a robust and systematic exploration of Sacred Doctrine (sacra doctrina) that seeks to carry the many avenues of liberal learning to their ultimate destination-the contemplation of Divine Wisdom. The curriculum of the Theology major provides a balanced sequence of courses in Sacred Scripture, dogma, and morality, rooted in the insights of the College’s patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the teachings of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Students will participate in a senior seminar and thesis course, which brings their pursuit of the Theology major to completion.

Meet the Faculty

Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P.

Assistant Professor of Theology
S.T.D., The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – Rome, Italy
S.T.L., The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – Rome, Italy
S.T.B., The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – Rome, Italy
M.A., University of Dallas
B.A. Post-Baccalaureate, Aquinas College
B.A., University of Dallas
srjdominic@aquinascollege.edu
(615) 297-7545

Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., is a member of the Saint Cecilia Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Nashville, Tennessee. Sister has been active in the community’s teaching apostolate for over fifteen years and assists with the theological formation of the newest members of her religious congregation. In addition to contributing articles to several Catholic journals and magazines, including L’Osservatore Romano, Sister has also appeared on EWTN, served as Spiritual Promoter for the Third Order Dominicans, and presented on topics related to theology, religious life, and marriage and family, speaking at various conferences, as well as to parenting groups, university students, religious women, priests, and seminarians. Among her audiences have been students of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the North American College, Loyola Chicago, Vanderbilt University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, St. Mary’s College, and the University of Notre Dame. Sister’s the Rich Gift of Love talks on Theology of the Body can be viewed online at the Newman Connection.

Sister Mary Angelica Neenan, O.P.

Assistant Professor of Theology
S.T.D. Pontifical University of St. Thomas
S.T.L. Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Rome, Italy)
srmangelica@aquinascollege.edu
(615) 297.7545 ext. 628

Sister Mary Angelica is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia, Nashville, TN. Her doctoral research at The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome centered on the nature of the will according to St. Thomas Aquinas. Sister Mary Angelica’s teaching and scholarly interests include moral theory, virtue theory, the relationship between faith and reason, and the relationship between dogma and growth in the spiritual life. She also enjoys painting, specializing in Renaissance technique oil painting.

Richard H. Bulzacchelli

Associate Professor of Theology
S.T.D. International Marian Research Institute
S.T.L. Dominican House of Studies
M.A. Providence College
M.A. Marquette University
(615) 297-7545 ext. 402
bulzacchellir@aquinascollege.edu

Dr. Bulzacchelli teaches and publishes on a wide range of topics in theology and philosophy, including medical ethics, the Virgin Mary, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bl. Duns Scotus, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Paul VI. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of two books: Judged by the Law of Freedom: A History of the Faith-Works Controversy and a Resolution in the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas (University Press of America, 2006) and Elohim Created: A New Look at the First Creation Narrative (The Aggiornamento Project, 2012). Dr. Bulzacchelli is an active member of the Mariological Society of America and is a Senior Fellow at the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

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