Lecture in Honor of Saint Thomas Aquinas (University of Saint Joseph, Macao, 21st February 2019)

Every year around the feast day of St Thomas Aquinas, the Dominican friars in Macao organize a Lecture in honor of the Angelic Doctor. This academic activity is normally held at the Faculty of Religious Studies of the University of Saint Joseph, in Macau, and it is open to the public.

This year 2019, Prof. Stephen Morgan, the Dean of the Faculty, was invited to deliver the lecture. Because of the Lunar New Year break, the lecture was postponed until the 21st of February. It took place in the conference hall of St Joseph seminary campus. The participants were mainly the professors and students of the Faculty of Religious Studies. Some interested guests were also present.

The program began at 11 a.m., with the singing of “the Lord Prayer” by the participants. Then Fr. Edmond Eh presented the program and introduced the speaker, an expert and a fond admirer of Blessed John Henry Newman. In his talk, Pro. Morgan tried to establish a connection between the thoughts of St Thomas Aquinas and Newman. In fact, the topic of the lecture was formulated in these terms, “Was John Henry Newman a Thomist? Was St Thomas a Newmanian?” The issues raised by the one-hour-long lecture continued being discussed during the open forum that followed.  The academic program came to an end with some words of appreciation towards the speaker and lunch served to all the participants.

This year’s commemoration was very meaningful, particularly for us Dominicans. It gave us also the opportunity to gather together and praise God who has made known to us His mercy and wisdom through the teachings of St Thomas Aquinas.

            Happy Feast Day to all!

Bros. Agostinho Mendonça and Stephen Lej Kapaw

The Order of Preachers (from the Latin: Ordo Praedicatorum or OP), also known as the Dominican Order and its members as Dominicans, is a mendicant order of the Catholic Church founded by Domingo de Guzmán in the city of Toulouse, France, during the Albigensian Crusade, and confirmed by Pope Honorius III on December 22, 1216.

It was a radical novelty, a break with the monastic tradition of the Church: they went beyond the conventual walls. The new “preaching friars” emerged to preach, to spread the word of their god. From the beginning they are sent to various countries, classes and peoples, to believers and unbelievers, especially those who suffered from poverty, so deeply rooted at that time.



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