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Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers

 

Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers
Dr. Mary Catherine SommersDepartment of Philosophy
Center for Thomistic Studies

Title
Director of the Center for Thomistic Studies

Education

  • Ph.D.,University of Toronto, 1982
  • M.S.L, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1976
  • M.A., University of Toronto, 1972
  • B.A., Whitman College, 1971

Experience

Teaching

  • 1978   1986   Niagara University, NY (Asst. Professor 1978- 84; Assoc. Professor 1984-1986)
  • 1987   University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas (Visiting Asst. Professor 1989; Asst. Professor 1989-1991; Assoc. Professor 1991-1997; Professor 1997-)

Recent Publications:

  • “Owens, Joseph, CSsR” in New Catholic Encyclopedia, Supplement 2010, v.2, 874-6.
  • “Topsy-Turvy: The Problem of Providence in Aquinas’ Commentary on Job.”  In St. Thomas and the Problem of Evil: Choice, History, & Providence.  Proceedings of the American Maritain Association, 2011.

Recent Lectures & Papers:

  • “’Out of the Fullness of Contemplation’: The Fate of Aquinas’ Innovations to the Concepts of the Vita Contemplativa and the Vita Activa.”  For the 2010 South-Central Renaissance Conference.  Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference, Corpus Christi, TX, 18-20 March 2010.
  • “The Authority of Women in the Church: An Historical Perspective.”  keyntoe Speech, 4th Biennial General Assembly of the Galveston-Houston Archiocesan Council of Catholic Women, St. Mary Church, La Porte, TX (April 24, 2010).
  • “Catherine of Siena’s Vision of the Life-Saving Bridge” for 3rd Annual Zambosco-Thomas Colloquium: In Dialogue with St. Catherine of Siena & Florence Nightingale (February 22, 2011).
  • “Thomas Aquinas and the Triumph of “Womanly’ Courage.” For the Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy Lecture, Manhattanville College, 07 April 2011.
  • "The Authority of Women in the Church: An Historical Perspective." Keynote Speech, 4th Biennial General Assembly of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, St. Mary Church, La Porte, TX, 24 April 2010.

Research Areas

  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Ethics
  • Medieval Logic

Curriculum Vitae