summer programs

Civitas Dei Summer fellowship: June 14 - 19, 2020

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship (sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the Institute for Human Ecology) supports rising scholars seeking to better understand the Catholic intellectual tradition. 

The 2019 fellowship examined the search for happiness as a fundamental end of the person and the polis. The week-long seminar introduced students to foundational themes in philosophy, political theory, and theology, dealing with law, personhood, political life, and the search for happiness.  The focus was an introduction to foundations of political and moral theory of Augustine, Aquinas, and modern constitutional jurisprudence, and included visits to institutions in Washington, DC, as well as encounters with outstanding Catholic public figures.

The seminar is an excellent way to think theoretically about the intersection of political theory, moral principles, and practical engagement, in the heart of the nation’s capital.  Applications will be accepted from graduate students and advanced undergraduates in all disciplines beginning in January, 2020.


 third annual thomistic philosophy and natural science symposium: june 16 - 20, 2020

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The Thomistic Philosophy and Natural Science Symposium brings together expert scientists and philosophers to discuss the potential compatibility and mutual enrichment of the study of Aquinas' philosophy of nature and various forms of modern scientific knowledge in physics, biology, and chemistry. The first day of the symposium also include lectures geared towards an introduction to Thomistic philosophy and the history of science.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the sciences or philosophy who are interested in attending the symposium should submit an application, which will be made available in January, 2020.


Tenth annual Summer philosophy workshop: 

Aquinas on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom

June 24 - 28, 2020

Each summer, together with the Catholic and Dominican Institute of Mount Saint Mary College and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, the Thomistic Institute sponsors a four-day workshop for students and lovers of philosophy. The conference takes place in Newburgh, NY on the campus of Mount Saint Mary College and features renowned presenters from prestigious universities around the world. Registration will be made available in January, 2020. 


Second Annual Student Leadership Conference:

July 8 - 12, 2020

This conference will gather students who will be Campus Chapter leaders in the 2020-2021 academic year, for a well rounded foundation in both speculative and practical aspects of running a Thomistic Institute Chapter. There will be ample time for learning more about Aquinas on faith, reason, and the spiritual life, as well as time for prayer, socializing, outings in Washington, D.C., and tips for making your Campus Chapter more successful.


Annual Conference for Priests: July 22- 23, 2020

Each summer, the Thomistic Institute holds a conference for priests. The goal of the conference is to give ongoing formation for those engaged in ordained ministry, as well as an opportunity to meet  and enjoy the company of brother priests from across the country. Participants attend talks and take part in breakout sessions on pastoral issues, designed to give them the spiritual and intellectual tools to help them be the love of Christ to those in their care. 

The 2020 Conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA, and registration will open in January, 2020.