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Toth/Lonergan Visiting Professor to Lecture on Aquinas  

Father Louis Roy On Monday, January 28, Rev. Louis Roy, the current Toth/Lonergan Visiting Professor, will present the lecture: Thomas Aquinas Today. Rev. Roy will focus his lecture on the question "How can Bernard Lonergan help us understand the thought of Thomas Aquinas?" The situation of Catholic theology after Vatican II was characterized by two opposed and equally untenable stances, namely, classicism and relativism. Bernard Lonergan sought to find a new way forward in Catholic theology by recovering the insights of Aquinas while at the same time adopting a historically conscious, pluralist notion of culture. During this lecture, Rev. Roy will explain the importance of both Aquinas's and Lonergan's theology in the twenty-first century. He will also present various brands of Thomism and highlight a few conditions for a fruitful dialogue between Thomists and non-Thomists.

This lecture will be held in Immaculate Conception Seminary Chapel and will begin at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the event contact Monsignor Richard Liddy at or call (973) 275-2407.

About Rev. Fr. Louis Roy
Rev. Louis Roy, O.P., holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. After teaching for twenty-one years at Boston College, he is now Professor of Theology at the Dominican University College in Ottawa, Canada. He has published books in English, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is interested in intellectual, affective and mystical approaches to God, in religious experience and revelation, in interreligious dialogue, and in the relations between Christianity and cultures. This semester, the Center for Catholic Studies welcomes Rev. Roy as the Toth/Lonergan Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies to teach student courses and participate in faculty development.

About The Center For Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.

The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review and The Lonergan Review.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Erica Naumann
  • (973) 275-2407