Recalling the Words of St. Thomas Aquinas

The 13th Annual Symposium

Every year, Saint Mary’s College hosts the Symposium on St. Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas was a highly influential theologian, and in 1323, he was declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius V. The thirteenth annual Symposium will be held in the Student Center tonight, Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m. For all interested, the event is free and open to the public, so you can save your pocket money and bring friends to share in an enlightening experience.

Angela McKay Knobel, assistant professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, will be speaking on “Aquinas and Marriage as Friendship.” As Knobel explains, “While recent Catholic thinkers have claimed that the central purpose of marriage is the love between man and woman, Aquinas's discussions of marriage often appear to disregard love entirely. In this talk, I want to ask whether and how St. Thomas thought love was important in a marriage.”

Joseph Incandela, religious studies professor and associate dean of faculty at Saint Mary’s, explains the history of the Symposium at the College, “It was endowed by Joyce McMahon who was very influenced by St. Aquinas when she was a student and wants now to have the same opportunities for others.” Incandela also notes that there are two series of lectures per academic year, one in theology and one in philosophy. 

The Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for the women of the Saint Mary’s community to better understand the importance of friendship between spouses. It’s also an opportunity to honor St. Thomas Aquinas on his feast day.

The event is sponsored by the Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology, and is held by Professor Joseph Incandela.

—Sarah Sheppard ‘11