Our Thomistic Circles Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. bring together prominent professors (principally in theology and philosophy), graduate students, seminarians, and Dominican brothers, to provide a forum to examine contemporary questions from the perspective of classical Catholic theology, and to encourage the renewal of theology and philosophy in the Thomistic tradition.
These conferences are distinctive not because of their academic quality, but also because they take place in the context of a vibrant Dominican studium and religious community, so that, as befits the Dominican tradition, the serious study of theology and philosophy is integrated with the contemplation of the mysteries of the faith.
Thomistic Circles have been held under the auspices of the faculty at the Dominican House of Studies (founded in Washington D.C. in 1905) for most of its history.
Friendly Rivals: Franciscan and Dominican Intellectual Traditions
September 28th-29th, 2018: There was a great turn out for our fall Thomistic Circles Conference, held on the relative intellectual traditions of the Dominican and Franciscan orders and the way they have interacted since their founding. Speakers included Msgr. John Wippel (Catholic University of America), Dr. Timothy Noone (Catholic University of America), Dr. Gregory LaNave (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception), Dr. Thomas Prügl (University of Vienna), and Dr. Michael Gorman (Catholic University of America).
On Cooperation with Evil
On March 16-17, 2018, the Thomistic Institute held a conference entitled "On Cooperation with Evil" as part of the annual Thomistic Circles series. The conference featured Fr. Ezra Sullivan, OP (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum), Steven Long (Ave Maria University), Edward Feser (Pasadena City College), Christopher Tollefsen (University of South Carolina), Msgr. Andrew McLean Cummings (Archdiocese of Baltimore).
Audio recordings of all the lectures can be found here
On the holy spirit
In September 2017, the Thomistic Institute hosted a Thomistic Circles conference that investigated the integral role played by the Holy Spirit in the Trinity and the spiritual life. Nearly 200 participants attended the opening session given by Fr. Gilles Emery, OP.
Audio recordings of all the lectures are available here.
The Mind of Christ: Christology & Contemporary Exegesis
In October 2015, the Thomistic Institute's "Mind of Christ" installment of the Thomistic Circles engaged modern interpretation of the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ in the light of Thomistic tradition.
Thomism, Post-liberal theology & postmodernity: in honor of abp j. augustine dinoia, op
In April 2017, the Thomistic Institute hosted a Thomistic Circles conference that traced the steps of modern theology back through the post-liberal Yale school and studying its connection to traditional Thomism. The guest of honor, Archbishop DiNoia, OP (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) also delivered the keynote address.