The Big Ideas of the Second Vatican Council

Event Date: 

Thursday, September 6 to Thursday, October 25

A lecture series sponsored by: the Center for Dominican Studies and the Martin de Porres Center

Every Thursday in September and October, 3:30-5pm

For more information call (614) 251-4722

Caritas In Veritate: Understanding Pope Benedict’s Vision For The Global Economy


J. Bryan Hehir

Event Date: 

Thursday, March 17

J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life. He is also the Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society. He served on the faculty of Georgetown University (1984 to 1992) and the Harvard Divinity School (1993 to 2001). His writings include: "The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Continuity and Change; Military Intervention and National Sovereignty; Catholicism and Democracy;" and "Social Values and Public Policy: A Contribution from a Religious Tradition."

God in a World of Violence


Sr. Diana Culbertson, OP

Event Date: 

Thursday, April 25

Violence is not new to the world.  In Catherine Siena's day she faced violence of oppression in both Church and Society.  It was no less real then than the violence that we face today.  After centuries of violence we still struggle to find peace in a world that was created in love.  How did we become so violent?  Who are our victims today and how can they be saved?  Where is God in all of this, we often wonder.  The insights of Rene Girard help us to reflect on our tragic history and to seek a response.

Vast Universe: Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation


Fr.Thomas O'Meara, OP

Event Date: 

Thursday, January 24

Are there intelligent creatures—extraterrestials—living on planets other than the earth? If so, what is their relationship to what Christianity claims is a special history on Earth of life with God? Would it reduce the importance of Jesus? These questions will be explored in this year's Aquinas Convocation by Dominican theologian and author Thomas O'Meara, OP.

A Presentation On Capital Punishment: A Journey Through Pain, To Forgiveness, To Redemption


Reverend Walter Everett and Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, D.D., Ph.D.

Event Date: 

Tuesday, October 9

How should someone respond to murder, and in particular, the murder of one's own child? In 1987, Rev. Walter Everett's son, Scott, was shot and killed by Mike Carlucci. In working through his pain, Rev. Everett forgave his son's killer, even going so far as to speak on Carlucci's behalf during a parole hearing, helping him to obtain early release. Since then, Rev. Everett and Mr. Carlucci have appeared togeter at universities, churches and community groups speaking about the healing power of forgiveness.

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. 

The Church: Sacrament in the World


Ron Carstens PhD

Event Date: 

Thursday, September 20

The eighth and final lecture in The Big Ideas of the Second Vatican Council lecture series sponsored by the Center for Dominican Studies and the Martin de Porres Center.

Dr. Carstens is Professor of Political Science and the Humanities at Ohio Dominican University, having joined the faculty as assistant professor in 1974, becoming a full professor with tenure in 1985. The students of Ohio Dominican voted him the Conley Award for Outstanding Teacher in 2001. This year, Dr. Carstens has become our first holder of the Dominican Professorate.

Being Human in the 21st Century

Event Date: 

Monday, August 20 to Friday, November 16

This fall, The Center for Dominican Studies is sponsoring an essay contest for ODU undergraduates about:
Being Human in the 21st Century

We are offering three first prizes of $100 each, encouraging ODU students to give us different answers to the question. Essays are to be emailed to the Center no later than November 16, 2012.

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.