Rev. Alejandro Crosthwaite-Martinez, O.P., vice rector of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Urbe — the university of the Dominican Order in Rome — will present the annual St. Joseph Lecture at Providence College on Monday, March 25, at 4 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Lounge.
Father Crosthwaite-Martinez will discuss “Persons and Justice: Virtual Friendship and the Importance of Bodily Presence in St. Thomas Aquinas.”
His lecture will explore the role of justice as it relates to personal friendships, especially those formed using the Internet. The topic is in keeping with this year’s “Persons and Personhood” theme initiated by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies.
Father Crosthwaite-Martinez teaches in the social sciences at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, also known as the Angelicum, which serves religious and lay students from around the world. A native of Mexico City, he was raised in Mexico and California.
Father Crosthwaite-Martinez holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in divinity from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. He earned a master of arts degree in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., and a doctorate in theology from Marquette University, focusing on theological ethics with a concentration in political theology, mass communication, and film.
He is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics, The Catholic Theological Society of America, and the American Academy of Religion.
The St. Joseph Lecture is one of four annual lectures sponsored by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies through the generosity of Edward J. Quinn, Jr. ’63 and his wife, Kathleen Reilly Quinn. St. Joseph, whose feast day is celebrated March 19, is the patron saint of the Universal Church and of the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, who founded Providence College.
A reception will follow in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies.