Quinn Family Lectures

Through the generosity of Mr. Edward J. Quinn, Jr. ’63 and his wife Kathleen Reilly Quinn, the Center is able to sponsor four major lectures each year.

St. Albert the Great Lecture on Faith, Reason, and Science

St. Albert the Great (1206-1280) was a Dominican Friar better known in the Latin as Albertus Magnus. He introduced Greek and Arabic science and philosophy to medieval Europe, was an authority on the natural sciences, was the most influential teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas and served as the Bishop of Regensburg, Bavaria. Hailed as the “Universal Doctor of the Church,” he is the patron saint of the natural sciences, philosophers, and scientists. His feast day is November 15.

St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture on Philosophy and Theology

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), was a Dominican Friar, priest, philosopher, and theologian. He retrieved the wisdom of Aristotle and lent it to the service of divine revelation, and in doing so effected a brilliant synthesis of faith and reason. He is hailed as the “Angelic Doctor of the Church” and is the patron saint of Catholic schools and students. His feast day is January 28.

St. Joseph Lecture on History, Justice, and Peace

St. Joseph is described in the scriptures as a “just man”, and as the foster father of Jesus he protected, loved, and cared for the Savior and his mother, Mary. He is the patron saint of the Universal Church and of the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, who founded Providence College and under whose auspices it continues to flourish. St. Joseph’s feast day is March 19.

St. Catherine of Siena Lecture on Spirituality and the Frontiers of Evangelization

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) was a Dominican tertiary and mystic whose The Dialogue is a classic text in Catholic spirituality. At a time when the role of women was circumscribed by custom, Catherine was variously a nurse, diplomat, and spiritual director. Honored as Virgin and Doctor of the Church, she is one of the principal patron saints of Italy and Europe, and is often invoked as a patron of Dominican sisters and lay members of the Order. Her feast day is April 29.

Recent lectures have included:

  • “Aquinas on the Nature of Love”
  • “The Influence of the Dominican Yves Congar’s Theology of the Church, the Laity, and Ecumenism on the Papacies of  John XXIII, Paul VI, and John Paul II”
  • “Women and the Church”
  • “Faith and Healing: A Physician’s Perspective”
  • “New Planets, Extraterrestrials, and Thomas Aquinas’ Theology”
  • “The Art of Disputation”
  • “Journey to the Headwaters: Bartolome de las Casas in a Comparative Context”
  • “Sisters, Sinners, and Saints: Dominican Women of the 13th Century”
  • “Savonarola: Renaissance Notoriety and Dominican Spirituality”