Life of the Mind

Dominican Professor Inaugural Lectures


Stephen Thomas PhD

Event Date: 

Friday, September 28 to Tuesday, October 2

Modernity and Our Troubled Natures

A lecture series on the core concept of what it means to be human—the question of human nature. 

When: Tuesdays, September 18, 25, and October 2, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Where: St. Martin de Porres Center (next to the sister's Motherhouse) 
Who: All are welcome. 

Catherine of Siena: Transformed for Service to Humanity


Patricia Walter, O.P., Ph.D.

Event Date: 

Thursday, April 26


A stubborn adolescent chooses domestic work over marriage. A young woman mystic becomes an itinerant preacher involved in politics and the papacy. An illiterate saint becomes a doctor of the Church and patroness of Europe. Catherine of Siena gives us an extraordinary glimpse of life transformed by love for service.

Patricia Walter, OP,  is  a  Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan. Currently, she is an as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO. 

6:00pm–Solemn Vespers in Sansbury Chapel

Emerging Lay Leadership in the Church


Zeni Fox, Ph.D.

Event Date: 

Wednesday, March 21

Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council unleashed a renewed vision of baptism that led to new models of lay ministry and lay leadership in the church, we can ask, “How is that going?” Are we living up to this call? What new issues has it brought forth, and how are the hierarchy and lay people responding?

Dr. Fox will help to unpack these issues for us so that we here in the Columbus diocese might live this new reality better.


Zeni Fox, Ph.D. is a professor of pastoral theology at Seton Hall University. For over 10 years she served as an advisor to the USCCB’s Subcommittee on Lay Ministry as they developed the document on lay ecclesial ministry, Co-Workers in the Vineyard.


Eradicating Poverty: What is Our Role?


Sr. Margaret Mayce, OP

Event Date: 

Thursday, February 16

“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is a human creation
  and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

( Nelson Mandela )

What actions are we willing to take to eradicate poverty? What questions are we willing to ask? Or…do we have so much invested in “ the way things are,”  that silence and inaction seem the better course? Using the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals as our point of departure, we will consider the phenomenon of global poverty, and its connection to both climate change and global military expenditures. Our conversation will be grounded in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and the Dominican search for Truth.

Contemplative Prayer: Source of Transformation


Fr. Brian Pierce, OP

Event Date: 

Thursday, November 3

Fr. Brian Pierce OP is the international Promoter of the Nuns for the Order of Preachers, a ministry that takes him to monasteries all over the world, helping the nuns to build their minds, their prayer, and their communities. Fr. Brian has also studied prayer interreligiously, and wrote the book "We Walk the Path Together: Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart" out of his experience of talking and praying with Buddhist friends and of spending time in Thich Nhat Hanh's "Plum Villiage" Buddhist meditation center in France.

The Death Penalty: How Just is our System of Justice?


Sr. Helen Prejean

Event Date: 

Tuesday, March 6

Sr. Helen Prejean is a Sister of St. Joseph, Medaille, Louisiana. Her book entitled Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 31 weeks. In 1996, the book was adapted into a major motion picture starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen and Sean Penn as a death row inmate.

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