DSPT Events

2014 Convocation of the College of Fellows

What Is It to Think with the Church? 

"We should not even think,” Pope Francis has recently said in his interview with America magazine America magazine , “that ‘thinking with the church’ means only thinking with the hierarchy of the church.” What then, does it mean? 

Video of presentations by DSPT Fellows Michael Naughton and Rick Gallagher.

 Video of presentation by DSPT Fellow Greg Wolfe and Q&A session.


Convocation schedule: 
Friday, January 31 – internal DSPT Symposium - readings for the symposium

Saturday, February 1, 1:30 - 4:30 pm – public presentations.

Friday, January 31: DSPT Symposium 
Internal event for DSPT students, faculty, alumni, fellows, trustees and staff.

DSPT - all-school discussion  
This properly theological question entails considering the nature of the Church, the demands of fidelity, the role of conscience, the nature and exercise of authority, and the relationship between eternal truth and the development of doctrine.  As an ecclesial institution in the Dominican tradition, we are dedicated to the study of philosophy and theology, and we are committed to engaging contemporary culture. What it means to think with the Church is therefore a question that is intimate to our work and mission - both as a school and also as individuals, and we are uniquely positioned to serve as a theological and philosophical resource to the whole Catholic community. For these reasons, we wanted to take up this important question and discern it together. The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber barber  (Bishop of Oakland and expert on the thought of John Henry Cardinal Newman) and Rev. Anthony Oelrich congar (an expert in the thought of Yves Congar, OP) joined us for the symposium.
Readings for the symposium:

Saturday, February 1, 1:30 - 4:30 pm 
Catholic Imagination and Contemporary Culture: What Is It to Think with the Church? 
Public presentations by members of the DSPT College of Fellows, followed by reception. RSVP herespace is limited. Presentations will be streamed live. 

DSPT - Convocation of the College of Fellows  

Speakers include: 

Michael Naughton DSPT Fellow Michael Naughton : Director of the John A Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN; Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought; Full Professor with a Joint Appointment in the Departments of Ethics & Business Law and Catholic Studies. 
Gregory Wolfe DSPT Fellow Greg Wolfe : Editor of the journal Image; Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches English literature and creative writing; Founder and Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at SPU.
Richard Gallagher gallagher , Emeritus Scientist of Cancer Control Research at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA) and Clinical Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Gallagher participates in and oversees important cancer-related research worldwide.

Each of the Fellows presenting will:

  • Briefly highlight major challenges within his or her field of professional endeavor;
  • Indicate how the gift of the Catholic Faith and the resulting Catholic worldview and imagination aids him or her in addressing these challenges;
  • Consider what it is to think with the Church in relation to his or her vocation;
  • On the basis of his or her experience, suggest questions and points that must be considered today.
Dynamic Q&A with the presenters and other members of the College of Fellows followed the presentations.

Event flyer DSPT PDF