THE AQUINAS CENTER
In response to Pope Saint John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization, the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal (the Aquinas Center) aims at providing scholarly resources that will assist in a transformation – a new evangelization – of the academic discipline of theology. It seeks to reinvigorate the place of Catholic theology in the academy by supporting research, writing, lecturing, and teaching. As a central part of its mission, the Center seeks to develop bonds of friendship and dialogue between scholars from around the world.
The Center encourages academic scholarship that assists the Church in communicating the Wisdom of Christ to the contemporary world. The projects of the Center focus particularly upon identifying ways of drawing St. Thomas Aquinas’s vibrant theological and philosophical contributions into the conversations and debates that are ongoing today in the fields of theology, philosophy, and biblical studies. The Center seeks to develop a community of scholars worldwide who share a metaphysical and biblical vision of theology. As such, the Center welcomes and encourages the participation of philosophers, biblical scholars, and theologians.
The Center has assumed the responsibility for the Thomistica.Net website initiated by Dr. Mark Johnson. Dr. Nutt is responsible for its ongoing editorship. The Center also reaches out to scholars and doctoral students around the world and bestows awards in recognition of their contributions to the study of Aquinas and Catholic intellectual and faith life.
Directors: Dr. Michael Dauphinais, Dr. Steven A. Long, Dr. Roger Nutt.
The Charles Cardinal Journet Prize
The Journet Prize honors the scholarly monograph published in any language during the past calendar year that best exemplifies the task of drawing upon the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas to engage constructively in contemporary theology, philosophy, and/or biblical studies.
2006 Fr. Michael Sherwin, O.P.
2007 Dr. Ralph McInerny
2008 Dr. Thomas Hibbs
2009 Fr. Guy Mansini, O.S.B.
2010 Dr. Alasdair MacIntyre
2011 Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, O.P.
2012 Richard Hütter
The Veritas Medal
The Veritas Medal honors an eminent Catholic thinker whose career reflects the Aquinas Center’s goal to foster the search for truth. Since the attainment of truth is a participation in the Wisdom of Christ, the Veritas Medal serves to recognize those who have instantiated, in their lives and work, the integration of faith and reason.
2006 Dr. George Weigel
2007 Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.
2008 Dr. Janet E. Smith
2009 Dr. Robert Wilkin
2010 Fr. Charles Morerod, O.P.
2011 Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.
2013 Russell Hittinger
Ex Corde Ecclesiae Medal
The Ex Corde Ecclesiae Medal is awarded someone who has done much to support the Aquinas Center and the Graduate School in their mission of evangelizing the Catholic academic world.
2006 Carlos Figueroa
2007 Dr. Thomas M. Loome
2008 Fr. Matthew L. Lamb
2009 Mercedes Cox
2010 Dr. William Riordan
2012 Mrs. Phyllis M. Taylor
2013 Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C.
The St. Thomas Aquinas Dissertation Prize
The Aquinas Dissertation Prize honors the dissertation defended in any language during the past calendar year that best exemplifies the task of drawing upon the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas to engage constructively in contemporary theology, philosophy, and/or biblical studies.
2005 Fr. Henry Donneaud, O.P.
2006 Dr. Roger W. Nutt
2007 Dr. Aaron M. Canty
2008 Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric
2009 Fr. Piotr Lichacz, O.P.
2010 Fr. John Baptist Ku, O.P.
2011 Dr. Jörgen Vijgen
2012 Fr. Bernhard Blankenhorn, O.P.
2013 Fr. Dominic M. Langevin, O.P.