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Father Shanley Lectures at Catholic University

Providence, R.I. -- Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 delivered the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on Friday, January 27.

To view the lecture, visit here.

In “St. Thomas Aquinas: Companion and Patron,” Father Shanley discussed what it has meant to have St. Thomas Aquinas as the university’s patron and how that patronage can provide guidance for the future. He mentioned also “another Dominican companion” who watches over the university, Rev. Kurt J. Pritzel, O.P., dean of the university’s School of Philosophy and a PC trustee, who died in February 2011.     

Father Shanley is a former associate professor of philosophy at the university, where he earned a licentiate degree in philosophy after completing his studies at PC. His research includes St. Thomas Aquinas, and he has served as associate editor and editor of The Thomist.

Father Shanley also was the homilist at the university’s Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas University Mass on January 26. The Mass, which formally opened the spring semester, also began the university’s 125th anniversary celebration.


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