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St. Thomas Aquinas Week in Grand Rapids

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Each year my alma mater, Aquinas College  of Grand Rapids, Mich., invites students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community to take part in a wide range of activities throughout the week of January 28th to celebrate the feast of our patron saint.   Although this week officially bears the name of a celebration in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, it is also a special time when members of the Aquinas College community celebrate the college’s heritage in the Dominican tradition.  This heritage is preserved through the college’s relationship with the Dominican sisters at the Marywood Dominican center and the Dominican charisms of prayer, study, community, and service.

During St. Thomas Aquinas week, the college community highlights each of the charisms in a special way through one or many of the various events that are organized. Fittingly enough, this year’s 21st Anniversary St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture will be given by Dr. Eleonore Stump of Saint Louis University called “The Problem of Suffering: A Thomistic Approach” on Friday, January 27 at 12:15 pm in the Wege Ballroom.  Dr. Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University  and author or editor of several books on Medieval philosophy, including Aquinas (2003), Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (2010) and the Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas (2012).  The lecture is free, open to the public, and is sponsored by Catholic Studies – which is directed by Acton University lecturer Dr. John Pinheiro.

The next lecture in the works for the Catholic Studies program will be the Fourth Annual lecture in the Catholic Studies Speaker Series at Aquinas College.  This will be a special lecture on the Catholic intellectual tradition given by George Weigel on April 11, 2012.  Visit for more information about these and other lectures that will be hosted byAquinasCollege throughout the rest of the academic year.

Michelle Hornak


  • FredWaring

    Love to hear your take on this author who
    seems to have an interesting view on the universe. The book series (The Nature
    of Reality) deals with a new cosmology that includes God in the universe but
    defines “Universe” as the original word means, everything that exists. Does see
    God as outside of what he created, so not a naturalist nor a pantheist, so
    quite an interesting take on things.

    He or she (they don’t specify) does believe the christian
    God and Bible, but rejects God being outside of time, and so on as
    misunderstandings from the Greeks, claims the Judeo-Christian view ought to be
    the opposite, God inside the dimensions, that they are not created things. Aquinas might have some problems.. .

    My head hurts thinking about this, but it seems to make

    What do you think about Leslie Cross?

    Thanks for your blog, Fred