Missionaries, Founders, Thinkers, and Marian Apparitions

European contact with the “New World” after 1492 is often portrayed as led exclusively by misguided, self-interested, and tragically violent conquistadors. This new discussion series will offer interested students a free lunch and a first exposure to a different and often forgotten set of important actors: the saintly women of the Americas whose loving witness, deep devotion, and peaceful genius helped carry the good news of Christ throughout North, Central, and South America. Interested students, faculty and others should contact Prof. Beth Sutherland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

April 21: Dorothy Day. Special Guest: Laura Brown (Casa Alma, Charlottesville)

March 24: Clemons Library, Room 407 (12:00-1:30pm) St. Katharine Drexel (Saint of Racial Justice) and St. Mother Frances Cabrini (first U.S. saint and "The Heavenly Patroness of All Emigrants") Special Guests: Fr. Gerry Fogarty, S.J. (Religious Studies) and Charles Kromkowski (Politics)

 
Reading Group #1 (Fall 2016 & Spring 2017)
An Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica
 
St. Thomas Aquinas’s great Summa Theologica is one of the most important and widely recognized works of theological wisdom ever written, a master work for the ages that continues to influence Western understanding of religion and philosophy. Despite its import and promise to unlock the pathway to wisdom and ultimate human happiness, university students generally know little about St. Thomas’s Summa. This lunch seminar reading group will be led by various faculty, our local O.P.s, and several guest experts. Lunch will be provided by the Institute, and we'll all read from a common Institute-provided text and an online version of the Summa. Interested students should contact Prof. Charles Kromkowski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Fr. Stephen Alcott, O.P.    
 
Sept. 23 (Friday, 12-2pm): On Sacred Doctrine and God's Existence--led by Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago)
 
October 28 (Friday, 12-2pm): On Divine Operations--led by Fr. Stephen Alcott, O.P. and Fr. Antoninus Niemiec, O.P.
 
November 18 (Friday, 12-2pm): On the Trinity--led by Kevin Hart (Religious Studies)
 
December 9 (Friday, 12-2pm) On Creation, Humanity, and Government
 
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Reading Group #2 (Spring 2017)
 
Holy American Women!: Missionaries, Founders, Thinkers, and Marian Apparitions
 
European contact with the “New World” after 1492 is often portrayed as led exclusively by misguided, self-interested, and tragically violent conquistadors. This new discussion series will offer students a first exposure to a different and often forgotten set of actors: the saintly women whose loving witness, devotion, and peaceful genius helped carry the good news of Christ throughout North, Central, and South America. Interested students should contact Prof. Beth Sutherland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
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