Graduating seniors Ryan Connette and Molly Cook were honored as the Theology Department's Outstanding Seniors for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Congratulations Ryan and Molly!
Theology Department Mission Statement
Following St. Thomas Aquinas, our patron, faculty and students together seek the truth of existence as it emerges in the human response to God's invitation to participate in the fullness of life. Theology at Aquinas College attends to human existence and life and contemporary concerns in light of Sacred Scripture, church tradition, and the natural law which mirrors God's eternal wisdom. Committed to the theological enterprise of "faith seeking understanding," the Theology Department is an integral and indispensable part of a Catholic liberal arts education.
full time theology faculty have been offered and accepted an
individual mandatum from ecclesiastical authority. Professors Marko and Marshall
have accepted the commitment
and responsibility to teach authentic Catholic doctrine
from former Bishop Robert Rose of Grand Rapids; Professor Davis
received his mandatum from Cardinal Adam Maida, former Apostolic Vicar of Grand
Rapids and Archbishop of Detroit. Essentially the mandatum is an acknowledgment by church authority that a Catholic
professor of a theological discipline is teaching within the
full communion of the Catholic Church.
Dr. Stephan Davis, Associate Professor of Theology, offered two
sessions at the diocesan Catechetical Conference in
September: “Gospel Values and Catholic Social Thought” and “St. Luke’s
Story of Jesus.” In October he presented "the Bible for contemporary Catholics" at
Theology on Tap, hosted by St. Mary's Church in Marne. The summer before, he gave a two-part presentation on the
Chronicles of Narnia for Adults at the Catholic Information Center. In
the fall of 2010, he contributed the response paper to a visiting
lecture on “Tolkien and the Bible” at the Catholic Studies Fall
Colloquium. At the 2009 annual conference of the C.S. Lewis and the
Inklings Society he delivered the paper “Big Medicine and Strong
Magic: C.S. Lewis and the Sacramental Imagination.”
Dr. Dennis Marshall, Professor of Theology, gave a presentation on August 24, 2011 on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to teachers from West and Central Catholic High Schools. On
September 24, 2011 he presented "On Eagles Wings: Faith and Human Perfection" at the Grand Rapids Diocese Catechetical Conference. He will also presented a talk to the Culture of Life Conference on Humane Vitae on
October 8, 2011.
On October 26, 2011 Dr. Marshall gave the keynote address, entitled "The Good, the Bad, and the Holy," to the Michigan Chaplain Association's annual conference.
He also presented on the topic of the relationship between faith and reason to St. Joseph's Church, Belding, Michigan on January 29, 2012.
Dr. Marshall on The Catholic Forum - "Finding Philosophy: Living in Truth"
Dr. Robert Marko, Professor and Chair of Theology presented the paper, “The Holocaust in Galicia and Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytskyi” at the 40th Annual Conference of the Holocaust and Churches in March 2010 in Philadelphia. In July, 2011, he presented “НЕ УБИЙ!” (Do not kill!) at the Metropolitate of L’viv Conference Center in Bruihovychi, Ukraine comparing the genocides of Rwanda, the Shoah of the Jews and the Holodomor or Ukrainian Famine. His “Святість і гідність людського життя - вихідний пункт соціальної доктрини католицької Церкви" (The Value and Dignity of Human Life as the Foundation of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church) appeared in the September, 2011 issue of Місіонар (Mission). Most recently in September 2012 he offered two presentations at the Diocesan Catechetical Conference on the Eastern Catholic Churches and their theology , spirituality and liturgy.
Become an AQ Theology Major!
Aquinas has more than 50 majors in theology,
of which the majority are traditional age (19 to 22 years old),
students evenly split between males and females. Very few Catholic
liberal colleges and universities in the United States have
as many undergraduate majors. We also offer in conjunction with
the Dioceses of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo and Center for Ministry
Development a national
certification in Youth Ministry awarding eight credits.