The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought seeks to promote a Catholic intellectual presence and community at the University of Virginia, to make the richness of the Catholic tradition of thought and action available for public consideration by all, and to contribute to Catholic intellectual and cultural life in Virginia and the United States.
John Miller, Classics, President John Bunch, School of Education
Mary Katherine Burke, Drama
Joseph E. Davis, IASC/Sociology
Gerald Fogarty, S.J.,Religious Studies
Alfredo Garcia, Engineering
Kevin Hart, Religious Studies, Vice President
Charles Kromkowski, Politics/Library, Exec.Director Kant Lin, Medical School Robert Ribando, Engineering
Jorge Secada, Philosophy Kathryn Sharpe, Darden
Rebecca Stangl, Philosophy
Ed Stelow, Medical School
W. Bradford Wilcox, Sociology
William M. Wilson, Religious Studies
Nov. 23, 2013 Prayer & Study Day
St. Thomas Aquinas Prayer & Study Day
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 (10am-3pm)
"Fatherhood and Forgiveness: For the Good of Society"
The Second Vatican Council teaches us that the development of Tradition, guided by the Holy Spirit, takes place through the "contemplation and study made by believers" (Dei Verbum). Such "contemplation and study" is characteristic of Dominican spirituality, which the University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas seeks to prosper through its new Prayer and Study Days. The day consists of the following: Spiritual Conference (10:30 AM), Mass (12:30 PM), Luncheon (1:30 PM), Keynote Lecture (3 PM).
On Saturday, November 23, this St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Prayer and Study Day will honor the exemplary life of St. Martin de Porres by focusing on the topic: "Fatherhood and Forgiveness: For the Good of Society."
Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP will deliver the spiritual conference. He is Master of Students of the Dominicans of the Eastern Province and Assistant Professor of Patristics and Ancient Languages at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC). He is the author of Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Dr. Paul C. Vitz will deliver the keynote lecture. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at New York University and Senionr Scholar/Professor of Psychology at the Institute for Psychological Sciences (Arlington, VA). His many publications include Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism (Ignatius, 1999, 2013), Freud’s Christian Unconscious (1993), and Psychology as Religion: The cult of self worship (2nd ed. 1994).
Please RSVP (
) to assist in planning for the luncheon. Childcare will be provided. The entire day is free of charge, and all are welcomed to attend.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 (5:15pm)
Fr. David Link
"Mercy, Justice, and the Imprisoned:
Serving the Least, the Last, the Lost, and the Lonely"
The Catholic intellectual tradition understands Works of Mercy as acts of charity by which we love our neighbor by aiding their spiritual and bodily needs.
Spiritual works of mercy include acts of forgiving, the patient bearing of wrongs, and the careful instruction, advising, consoling, and comforting of others in need. Corporal works of mercy often take the form of almsgiving for the poor, but their more active, proximate and personal forms include feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.
For most, volunteer opportunities abound for performing each of these charitable works of mercy, save one: visiting the imprisoned. Whereas both justice and prudence require some formal separation of those legally convicted of crimes, especially violent injustices against others, the Catholic tradition has consistently taught that however corrupt and broken the sacred vessel these individuals remain our neighbors with their own acute set of spiritual and bodily needs. For as St. Augustine wisely counseled:
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES! Crimes and Misdemeanors
Minor Hall Auditorium, 7:30pm
Looking for an alternative? The St. Anselm Institute Friday Night Film Series is back. We'll screen and open a discussion of Woody Allen's classic Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), a thought-filled, dark-edged morality comedy about the shallows and depths of the human soul. FREE ADMISSION, so invite a friend or two.
Public parking available in the University Bookstore Garage.
October 4, 2013
FACULTY COLLOQUIUM: THE DEATH PENALTY "Glorious things are spoken of you, O City of God" (Ps 87:3)
Since Pope John Paul II"s 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) taught that societies"ought not go to the extreme of executing the offender except in cases of absolute necessity: in other words, when it would not be possible otherwise to defend society," there's been a healthy discussion on the meaning of these words and the moral status of the death penalty. This St. Anselm Institute Colloquium will continue this discussion with Justice Antonin Scalia by focusing on several interrelated questions:
The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought is a voluntary organization of Catholic faculty and others dedicated to promoting the Catholic intellectual tradition at the University of Virginia and beyond. Founded in 2000, the Institute supports several activities, including a public lecture series, a faculty-student dinner, a Doctors of the Church faculty-student lunch seminar, various study groups, a Lenten faculty retreat, and an annual appeal to support Catholic education in Saltadère, Haiti.
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