The 2012 Conference, "Dei Verbum at 50: Toward a Clarification of the Inspiration of Scripture," was held at the University of Dayton's River Campus on October 25-27, 2012.
The First Annual Graduate Student Conference, on "The Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas" was held on October 24, 2012 at the University of Dayton's River Campus.
The First Annual Spring Conference, Explorations in Catholic Mariology was held on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Phillips Humanities Center.
Dei Verbum at 50: Toward a Clarification of the Inspiration of Scripture
Keynote Speaker: Gary Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Notre Dame
Khaled Anatolios, Boston College
Christopher Baglow, Notre Dame Seminary
John Behr, St. Vladimir's Seminary
Timothy Bellamah, OP, Dominican House of Studies
Denis Farkasfalvy, O.Cist., Cistercian Abbey, Our Lady of Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Anthony Giambrone, OP, University of Notre Dame
Leroy Huizenga, University of Mary
Guy Mansini, OSB, Saint Meinrad's Seminary
Robert Miller, Catholic University of America
Austin Murphy, OSB, St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Illinois
Danielle Nussberger, Marquette University
Aaron Pidel, SJ, University of Notre Dame
Mark Reasoner, Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Jared Wicks, SJ, Pontifical College Josephinum
William Wright, Duquesne University
Thursday October 25
7:15 PM: KEYNOTE LECTURE
"Did God Command Joshua and his Armies to Slaughter the Canaanites? Inspiration and the morally troubling parts of scripture." Gary Anderson, University of Notre Dame.
Friday October 26
9:15 - 10:15 AM: MORNING SESSION ONE (Elizabeth Farnsworth, moderator)
- 9:15 - 9:45 AM: "Inspiration and the Fecundity of Scripture." Khaled Anatolios, Boston College.
- 9:45 – 10:15 AM: "Enfleshing the Word of God: Divine Revelation in the Lives of the Saints." Danielle Nussberger, Marquette University.
10:15 - 10:30 AM: BREAK
10:30 AM - 12 NOON: MORNING SESSION TWO (Joshua Brown, moderator)
- 10:30 - 11:00 AM: "Irenaeus on Scripture." John Behr, Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.
- 11:00 - 11:30 AM: "Late Medieval Perspectives on History, Authority and Authorial Intention." Timothy Bellamah OP, Dominican House of Studies.
- 11:30 AM - 12 Noon: "Obedience and Spirit: Balthasar on Scriptural Inspiration." Guy Mansini OSB, Saint Meinrad School of Theology.
12 NOON - 1:15 PM: LUNCH
1:15 - 2:15 PM: AFTERNOON SESSION ONE (Jason Heron, moderator)
- 1:15 - 1:45 PM: "The Quest for the Vera et Sincera de Iesu: Dei Verbum and the Inerrancy of the Gospels." Anthony Giambrone OP, University of Notre Dame.
- 1:45 - 2:15 PM: "Catholic Biblical Studies and the Fourfold Sense after Dei Verbum." Leroy Huizenga, University of Mary.
2:15 - 2:30 PM: BREAK
2:30-3:30 PM: AFTERNOON SESSION TWO (Matthew Archer, moderator)
- 2:30 - 3:00 PM: "On the Inspiration of Myth." Robert Miller, Catholic University of America .
- 3:00 - 3:30 PM: "Social Inspiration according to Joseph Ratzinger." Aaron Pidel SJ, University of Notre Dame.
3:30 - 3:45 PM: BREAK
3:45 - 4:45 PM: AFTERNOON SESSION THREE (Alan Mostrom, moderator)
- 3:45 - 4:15 PM: "Dei Verbum, St. Augustine, and Modernity on Biblical Inspiration." Austin Murphy OSB, University of Notre Dame.
- 4:15 - 4:45 PM: "Scripture Reading Urged vehementer (DV 25): Background and Foreground." Jared Wicks SJ, Pontifical College Josephinum.
5:15 PM: MASS
Saturday October 27
8:30 AM: MASS
9:30-10:30 AM: MORNING SESSION ONE (Robert Parks, moderator)
- 9:30 - 10:00 AM: "Biblical Inerrancy in Dei Verbum: Conciliar Context and Postconciliar Development." Christopher Baglow, Notre Dame Seminary.
- 10:00 - 10:30 AM: "The Literal Sense of Scripture: Its Definitions, Developments and Domain from Leo XIII to Benedict XVI." Mark Reasoner, Marian University.
10:30 - 10:45 AM: BREAK
10:45-11:45 AM: MORNING SESSION TWO (Benjamin Heidgerken, moderator)
- 10:45 - 11:15 AM: "How to Complete 'Dei Verbum.'" Denis Farkasfalvy O.Cist., University of Dallas.
- 11:15 - 11:45 AM: "Inspired Scripture as a Vehicle of Divine Presence: The Case of John 20." William Wright, Duquesne University.
Annual Graduate Student Conference
Interest in Thomas Aquinas's theology began to surge in the mid-1980s due to Aquinas's importance for the virtue theory of Alasdair MacIntyre. The work of the Dominican theologian Romanus Cessario helped to introduce the study of Thomistic theology more widely, both through Fr. Cessario's own writings and through his labors to have translated the writings of Servais Pinckaers and Jean-Pierre Torrell. At present, a wide array of Catholic and Protestant philosophers and theologians find in Aquinas's writings much wisdom about the mysteries of faith and the practice of the Christian life. This conference highlighted the creative and constructive ways in which doctoral students today are drawing upon St. Thomas Aquinas in the articulation of Christian doctrine.
Requirements and Procedures for Participation
- Participants must be currently enrolled in a graduate (Masters or Ph.D.) program of study.
- Abstracts of proposed papers need to be submitted to Matthew Levering via email.
- Abstracts will be considered through October 1, but they will be accepted on a first-come basis.
- Speaking slots are limited to twelve.
- First prize: $500 and publication in Nova et Vetera.
- Second prize: $250.
- Third prize: $100.
Schedule of Events
9:30 AM: Welcome (including guest judges Paul Keller OP (Athenaeum) and Daria Spezzano (Providence College)
9:45-11:45 AM: First Session
Andrew Chronister, Saint Louis University
Stewart Clem, Duke University Divinity School
Colin McGuigan, University of Dayton
Marco Emerson, University of Notre Dame
11:45-1 PM: Lunch
1-3 PM: Second Session
Michael Anthony Abril, University of Notre Dame
Jason Heron, University of Dayton
Br. Reginald Lynch OP, Dominican House of Studies
Mr. Michael Magree SJ, Boston College
3:15-5:15 PM: Third Session
John Meinert, Catholic University of America
Ty Monroe, Duke University Divinity School
Alan Mostrom, University of Dayton
Matthew Muller, Saint Louis University
5:30-7 PM: Fourth Session
Julia Parks, University of Dayton
Fr. Ezra Sullivan OP, St. Gertrude's Parish
Jacob Wood, Catholic University of America
Spring Conference 2013: Explorations in Catholic Mariology
Reinhard Huetter, Professor of Theology, Duke University Divinity School
"The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Theological Reflections on Dogma, Faith, and Hope"
(Moderator: Matthew Archer)
Bruce D. Marshall, Lehmann Professor of Christian Doctrine, Southern Methodist University
"Look on the Faith of Your Church: Mary's Assent and the Task of Theology"
(Moderator: Alan Mostrom)
Paul J. Griffiths, Warren Professor of Catholic Thought, Duke University Divinity School
"On Mary's Mortality: In Conversation with John Henry Newman"
(Moderator: Benjamin Heidgerken)
5:45-6:30 PM: "The Sex Life of Mary and Joseph: A Theological Meditation"
John C. Cavadini, Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame
(Moderator: Joshua Brown)