Aquinas Lecture

Aquinas Institute invites leading theologians and other experts to speak on current topics in theology and ministry at our annual Aquinas Lecture, held in honor of our school’s patron, St. Thomas Aquinas. Invited scholars bring the thought of Thomas Aquinas and Catholic intellectual tradition to bear on contemporary theological questions and issues.

2014 Aquinas Lecture

Hanging On and Letting Go: Ethical Issues In Care At End Of Life

Presented by Dr. Daniel P. Sulmasy, M.D., Ph.D.

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
The lecture will be held in the ballroom of St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in St. Louis.

Given advances in medical therapies, what constitutes appropriate care?  Are there limits?  How does one "think with the Church" in this challenging moral area? 

This year's Annual Aquinas Lecture focuses on a critical contemporary issue: Care at the End of Life.

Dr. Daniel P. Sulmasy, M.D., Ph.D., is a general internist, philosopher and professor of medicine and ethics in the both the University of Chicago Department of Medicine and the Divinity School, who will consider real situations and illuminate possible responses.  He is a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and studies end-of-life decision-making, ethics education, and spirituality in medicine.


The Aquinas Seminar, held for the Aquinas Community for further conversation with Dr. Sulmasy, will take place at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, January 27, 2014 at Aquinas Institute of Theology - 23 S. Spring Ave. - St. Louis, MO 63108.  A Mass to celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the same location. 


 (Pictured Above: Dr. Daniel P. Sulmasy, M.D., Ph.D.)


Video from the 2012 Aquinas Lecture

The Sound of Barking Dogs:
Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas

Presented by
Rev. Michael Demkovich, O.P.

Fr. Demkovich's presentation of the Aquinas Lecture was given on January 29th, 2012, at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis.

Video from the 2011 Aquinas Lecture

Per Se Potestativum
The Dimensions of Human Freedom in Thomas Aquinas

Presented by
The Most Reverend Daniel Flores, S.T.D.
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, Texas

Bishop Flores' presentation of the Aquinas Lecture was given on January 30th, 2011, at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis.

Past Aquinas Lecturers

2012 - Rev. Michael Demkovich, O.P.
2011 – The Most Reverend Daniel Flores, S.T.D.
2010 – Matthew Levering, Ph.D
2009 – Elenore Stump, Ph.D.
2007 – Richard Gaillardetz, Ph.D.
2006 – Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D.
2005 – Susanne M. DeCrane, Ph.D.
2004 – Richard Gula, S.S.
2003 – Kenneth Goodpastor, Ph.D.
2002 – Lisa Cahill, Ph.D.
2001 – Roger Haight, S.J.
2000 – Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.
1999 – Dianna Bergant, C.S.A.
1998 – Thomas O’Meara, O.P.
1996 – James and Evelyn Whitehead, Ph.D.
1995 – Martin Marty, Ph.D.
1994 – Jean Porter, Ph.D.
1993 – Mary Collins, O.S.B.
1992 – Rev. Michael J. Himes
1991 – John Renard, S.J.
1990 – David Power, O.M.I.
1989 – Gail Ramshaw, Ph.D.
1988 – Arvin Vos, Ph.D.
1987 – Paul J. Philibert, O.P.
1986 – Carla Mae Streeter, O.P.
1985 – Mary Ann Fatula, O.P.
1984 – Donald Goergen, O.P.
1983 – Thomas O’Meara, O.P.
1982 – Walter Principe, C.S.B.