31st Annual Aquinas Lecture to Feature Theology Professor John Boyle
The Philosophy Department will award its 2013 Aquinas Medal to John F. Boyle, professor
of theology and Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
Boyle will receive the award prior to delivering the 31st Annual Aquinas Lecture,
"Master Thomas and the Fullness of Life," on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Lynch
"The UD community is delighted to welcome Professor John Boyle as its 31st Aquinas
lecturer. Professor Boyle is one of this country's most distinguished Thomists, and
his meticulous scholarship enjoys universal respect," said Philipp Rosemann, professor
of philosophy and department chair. "What's more, Professor Boyle has long been a
friend of this university."
Boyle, who has worked with University of Dallas professors on projects and is the
father of a UD alumnus, holds degrees from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies,
as well as from the University of Toronto. He is best known for his edition, prepared
in collaboration with the late Fr. Leonard Boyle, O.P., of the recently discovered
"Lectura romana of St. Thomas." Boyle has delivered the annual Aquinas Lecture at
the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, as well as at Thomas Aquinas College
and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Christopher Malloy, associate professor of
theology, will respond to Boyle's lecture.
This talk will inaugurate UD's new series of published Aquinas Lectures, which will
be produced in co-operation with St. Augustine's Press of South Bend, Indiana.
"Our goal is to have each lecture published before the following year's lecture,"
said Rosemann. "Thus, each year's lecture events could include a book launch for the
lecture of the previous year."
The Aquinas Lecture series, begun in 1983, is an annual event sponsored by the UD
Philosophy Department. It features distinguished contemporary thinkers who address
topics in the spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas. In recent years, Aquinas Lecturers have
included luminaries such as Robert George from Princeton University, William Desmond
from the University of Louvain (Belgium), Thomas Hibbs from Baylor University, Timothy
Noone from the Catholic University of America and John Milbank from the University
of Nottingham (United Kingdom).