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For Immediate Release: January 12, 2012

Providence College President to Serve as Homilist and Lecturer at The Catholic University of America’s 125th Anniversary

Providence, R.I. – Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley O.P. will be the homilist at The Catholic University of America’s annual Mass in honor of the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday, January 26, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The Mass is part of the University’s patronal feast that formally marks the beginning of the spring semester and, this year, simultaneously celebrates the 125th anniversary of the University.

 In addition, Father Shanley will deliver a lecture entitled “Saint Thomas Aquinas: Companion and Patron,” on Friday, January 27, 2012, as part of the 125th anniversary celebration at the University. The lecture will reflect on what it has meant to the University to have St. Thomas Aquinas as its patron and how his patronage may provide guidance for the future. 

After completing undergraduate studies in history at PC in 1980, Fr. Shanley earned a licentiate degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion.

Fr. Shanley also holds a master of divinity degree and a licentiate degree in sacred theology from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington. Prior to being named College president in 2005, Father Shanley served as an associate professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America. He also has taught at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

Widely published in philosophy-focused academic journals, his research interests include Thomas Aquinas, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, medieval philosophy, and ethics. Father Shanley, who was ordained a member of the Dominican Order of Preachers in 1987, has served as associate editor and editor of The Thomist and as a member of the editorial board for the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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