Theology on Tap: The Authority, Power, and Jurisdiction of the Layperson
-Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP
Monday, March 14, 2011 Veterans Memorial Hall ~ 1305 N. First St., Dixon, CA
St. Peter's Young Adults Group hosted Theology on Tap with Fr. Michael Sweeney presenting. In ecclesiastical documents, the word “office” always applies to the ordained, because only the ordained can have jurisdiction in the Church. Fr. Sweeney argued that, as then Cardinal Ratzinger once remarked, there is a lay office in the Church, tied to the church’s secular mission, and will sketch the manner in which lay men and women can (and should) be understood to have a power, authority and jurisdiction that is conferred in Baptism and Confirmation and directed to the Church’s mission to the world. Fr. Sweeney will also suggest that one’s personal vocation should be discerned in the light of the lay office.
Theology on Tap: Aquinas on the Eucharist as the Cause of All Grace
- Tony Lopez, Concurrent MAPh/MATh - Thomistic Studies Student
Monday, January 24, 2011 Veterans Memorial Hall ~ 1305 N. First St., Dixon, CA
We were pleased to welcome back a crowd favorite; you know him as the man who schooled the Atheists, Tony Lopez.
This discussion will answer two fundamental questions:
1) Why do good? 2) How can we do good?
As Tony Lopez unpacked, St. Saint Thomas Aquinas has the answer:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, says Jesus. With a single stroke, he unveils to them the way and the goal of the way... The way, as we have seen, is Christ. We understand this because it is through him that we have access to the Father...Indeed, men and women desire two things above all: one that is proper to his nature: to know truth. The other he shares with everything that is: to remain in being. Now, Christ is the way to arrive at the truth since he is the Truth...He is also the way to arrive at life since he himself is Life...Therefore, Christ is designated in himself as the way and the goal. He is the goal because he is in himself everything that can be the object of desire: the Truth and the Life” (In Ioannem XIV, 6, 2-3).
Brews & Views: Working to Live and Living to Work: Sabbath Celebration in a Workaholic Culture
- Br. Peter Junipero, OP, MDiv Student
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Park Avenue Bar & Grill ~ 4184 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland
The Church of St. Leo the Great sponsored the East Bay Brews & Views speaker series. All were welcome to enrich your faith and learn a thing or two with a seriously timely and relevant talk by our Dominican Brother from St. Albert's Priory:
Most Christians today associate Sunday with "going to church," after which we go to relax, maybe watch football or get some yardwork done.
Though all good things, the meaning of Sunday is theologically far richer and has wonderful practical implications for our lives. Using John Paul II's letter Dies Domini ("The Lord's Day") and scriptural sources from Genesis to Revelation, Br. Peter will show the spiritual and practical meaning of Sunday in the context of contemporary American society. God has given this Day to His people as an irreplaceable gift for the active renewal of soul and body, a day that can be a remarkable oasis of freedom and celebration amidst a culture that often tends to workaholism.
Brews & Views: Aquinas Eucharistic Theology
- Matthew Miller, MA Theology Student
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Park Avenue Bar & Grill ~ 4184 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland
The Church of St. Leo the Great sponsored the East Bay Brews & Views speaker series. All were welcome to enrich your faith and learn a thing or two with with a deeply meaningful and insightful presentation on the secrets of the Eucharist by examining the writings of the saint and doctor most responsible for shaping the Church's Eucharistic doctrine, St. Thomas Aquinas.
Brews & Views: Finding St. Joseph in a Contraceptive Age - How to Change the Course of our Hook-Up Society
- Dolores Meehan - DSPT Special Student
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Park Avenue Bar & Grill ~ 4184 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland