Celebrate St. Thomas Aquinas Week January 27-30
Nashville, TN – Aquinas College will host a week-long celebration of the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, this January 27-30 in Nashville.
St. Thomas Aquinas Week lectures and dialogue between students and faculty raise awareness and interest in the great contribution of St. Thomas Aquinas to Catholic theology and philosophy.
“In 2019, Aquinas College released a strategic plan that focused the college’s efforts on formation of educators,” said Sister Thomas More Stepnowski, O.P., Provost and Vice President for Academics. “Grounded in a Thomistic philosophy of education, Aquinas College is uniquely positioned to prepare students to understand and serve contemporary needs in education and evangelization,” she said.
St. Thomas Aquinas Week is an opportunity for anyone to participate in the theological discourse that has shaped Dominican study and preaching for centuries: the Thomistic approach to knowledge that uniquely marks Aquinas College among schools of higher education. “During St. Thomas Aquinas Week we take time to linger with St. Thomas on the pursuit of wisdom as an academic community,” Sister Thomas More said.
The annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture will be given by Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., S.T.D. Fr. Petri will present “St. Thomas Aquinas on the Blessed Mother: Her Genius, Her Beauty, Her Freedom, and Her Love” on the feast day of the saint, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Cecilia Motherhouse. Fr. Petri is Dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He is co-host of the ETWN radio show, Faith Alive, and has published widely in Thomistic journals.
Several Dominican Sisters will be presenting lectures for the students, faculty, and staff during the week’s events. Sister Cecilia Anne Wanner, O.P. will present, “Charity in the Blessed: The Perfection of Love” to start the week, January 27. Sister Lucia Marie Siemering, O.P. will present “Mission: Invisible. Grace and Divine Presence in the Theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas” on January 29.