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Outstanding Senior Awards 2015
Senior Awards



Graduating seniors Monika Stutzman was honored as the Theology Department's Outstanding Seniors for the 2014-2015 academic year.


Congratulations Monika!

AQ Theology Professor Named Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Robert Marko, Professor of Theology, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for the second time. Dr. Marko will be spending the Fall 2015 semester teaching at Ukrainian Catholic University in L'viv. His teaching focus will be on what the Ukraine can learn in terms of democratic values from western countries like the United States. Dr. Marko was previously named a Fulbright Scholar in 2008 when he taught at the same University in the Ukraine, then focusing on what Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the west. >Read More
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.
All 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.
Department News

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 of Theology, was named a Fulbright Scholar for the second time and will be spending the Fall 2015 semester in the Ukraine teaching at Ukrainian Catholic University in L'viv. >Read More


Dr. Marko 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). 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.