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For Immediate Release: January 17, 2014

Prominent Theologian to Deliver Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture at Providence College

Providence, R.I. – Prominent theologian and lecturer Fr. Michael J. Dodds, O.P., who is a  professor of philosophy and theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, CA, will deliver the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture at Providence College on Tuesday, January 28, at 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies (CCDS), Fr. Dodds’ lecture, “Unlocking Divine Action,” will be held in Aquinas Lounge. The annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture is one of the four annual lectures presented by the CCDS through the generosity of Edward J. Quinn, Jr. ’63, and his wife Kathleen Reilly Quinn.

After undergraduate studies at Seattle University, Fr. Dodds entered the Order of Preachers in 1970 and was ordained in 1977. He then taught for three years at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California, before doing his doctoral studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1986. He has served as Academic Dean of the Dominican School, Convener of the Theology Area at the Graduate Theological Union, and Regent of Studies and Vicar Provincial of the Western Dominican Province.

Fr. Dodds is the author of The Unchanging God of Love: Thomas Aquinas and Contemporary Theology on Divine Immutability (2008), and Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas (2012), both from The Catholic University of America Press.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was a Dominican Friar, priest, philosopher, and theologian. He is hailed as the “Angelic Doctor of the Church” and is the patron saint of Catholic schools and students. His feast day is celebrated on January 28.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception in the adjacent CCDS. For more information, contact the CCDS at or (401) 865-2870.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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