Catholic Studies at Aquinas College

  • Bishop Robert Barron at the Catholic Studies Lecture Series

    Catholic Studies Lecture Series

Catholic Studies Speaker Series

Catholic Studies Speaker Series presents:
Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
"St. Catherine of Siena: Becoming Fully Human"
Fr. Thomas McDermott, OP
7:00 pm
January 24, 2019
Wege Ballroom, Aquinas College
Free and Open to Public

Fr. Thomas McDermott is a Dominican friar and member of the Province of St. Albert the Great headquartered in Chicago. He has served in many positions in the Order: missionary in Nigeria, provincial, pastor, professor and a writer on the spiritual thought of the Dominican saint and mystic Catherine of Siena. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on St. Catherine at the Angelicum in Rome. Among his works are Catherine of Siena: Spiritual development in her life and teaching (Paulist, 2008), Filled With All the Fullness of God: An introduction to Catholic spirituality (Bloomsbury, 2013), Catherine of Siena: Essays on Her Life and Teaching (New Priory Press, 2013), and Giacinto D'Urso, Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church: Notes on her life and teaching (New Priory Press, 2013). He also edits a website on Catherine of Siena:

Launched in 2009, the Catholic Studies Speaker Series offers 2-3 lectures per year by national and international Catholic figures and scholars. The series brings students into contact, both in the classroom and informal settings, with great living Catholic thinkers like Bishop Robert Barron, Joseph Pearce, Eleonore Stump and the inaugural speaker Duncan Stroik, internationally known sacred architect and professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame. The series helps fulfill the mission of the Catholic Studies department, "to share the riches of the Church's own culture" with students and the community. 

Previous Catholic Studies Events

Fr. Paul Murray - Sept. 8, 2016


 Fr. Robert Barron, "Thomas Merton's Metaphysics of Peace"

July 16, 2015

Bishop Robert Barron
Fr. (now Bishop) Robert Barron
Juan Olivarez, Fr. Robert barron, Dr. John Pinheiro
From Left to Right, President Juan Olivarez, Fr. Robert Barron, Dr. John Pinheiro


crowd sitting down
A capacity crowd listens to Fr. Robert Barron speak on Thomas Merton
Fr. Robert Barron
Fr. Robert Barron 

Dawn Eden, "My Tangled Road to Rome"
September 17, 2015 


Sr. Mary Prudence Allen, RSM, Ph. D., "Can the Complementarity of Woman and Man be Proved? 


Dr. Ralph Martin, “The New Evangelization: Why Bother?”
Presented by Eerdmans Bookstore

October 1, 2012

Special Lecture on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
April 11, 2012

"John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and the Future of Catholic Higher Education"
by George Weigel


George Weigel speaking on the mission of Catholic higher education.

Among the attendees were the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

A capacity crowd listening to George Weigel.

Dr. John Pinheiro, Mr. George Weigel, President Juan Olivarez