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 Dr. Jocelyn Moore (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

November 10, 2017 (12:00-1:30pm): St. Katharine Drexel (Saint of Racial Justice) and Sr. Thea Bowman
Location: Alderman, Room 423 (All are invited to attend)
With special guest: Religious Studies Professor Emeritus Fr. Gerry Fogarty, S.J.
Suggested Drexel reading: Hurd, "Chapter 6: The Southern Harvest Begins"; Suggested Bowman reading: Selected writings

Contact Postdoctoral Fellow Jocelyn Moore for more details on time and location.

Reading Group (Fall 2017/Spring 2018)
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 fall lunch reading group will focus on unpacking St. Thomas's ideas on human nature, happiness, law, and Grace, and it will be led by various faculty and several guest experts. Lunch will be provided by the Institute, and we'll all read from a online version of the Summa. Attendance at each session is not required. Interested students should contact Dr. Anna Stelow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and we'll add you to the reading group list.     
October 6 (Friday, 12-2pm, Alderman Library/Scholars Lab, Rm 423): On Happiness and Our Will--Summa Th., II-I qq.1-12. 
October 27 (Friday, 12-2pm, Garden Room): On Choice, Consent, and Consequences--Summa Th., II-I, qq. 13-26. 
November 17 (Friday, 12-2pm, Garden Room): On Love, Pleasure, Pain, and Sorrow--Summa Th., II-I, qq.27-41. 
December 1 (Friday, 12-2pm, Garden Room): On Fear, Anger, and Habits--Summa Th., II-I, qq.42-54.
Joomla Templates: by JoomlaShack