Faith & Reason | Thomas Aquinas College, California | June 16-19, 2022

The profound contributions of St. Thomas Aquinas to theology and philosophy have been repeatedly affirmed by the magisterium over the centuries. In his encyclical Fides et Ratio, Pope St. John Paul II singles out the thought of the Angelic Doctor: “In his thinking, the demands of reason and the power of faith found the most elevated synthesis ever attained by human thought, for he could defend the radical newness introduced by revelation without ever demeaning the venture proper to reason.”

Thomas Aquinas College invites those who seek the truth in the footsteps of St. Thomas to join other scholars for three days of engaging lectures and lively conversation exploring the relationship between faith and reason, the theme of this summer’s inaugural Thomistic Summer Conference.

How can philosophy be used in the service of sacred theology? Can reason dispose us to faith or deepen our understanding of it? Can reason demonstrate God’s existence and the immortality of the soul? Does faith complete or perfect reason? What is the relation between man’s natural and supernatural end? How are we to approach the myriad of questions today’s world asks about the relationship between natural science and divine revelation? Join us in person to consider these questions and others in the light of the thought of St. Thomas, a champion of the essential harmony between faith and reason.


Conference Schedule


Featured Speakers

Rev. Michael Sherwin, O.P.

Michael S. Sherwin, O.P. is Emeritus Professor of Fundamental Moral Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and the Alemany Research Fellow at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at Berkeley for academic year 2021-2022. Author of articles on the psychology of love, virtue ethics and moral development, his monograph, By Knowledge and By Love: Charity and Knowledge in the Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas (CUA Press, 2005) has been reissued in paperback, while his collection of essays, On Love and Virtue (Emmaus Academic, 2018) has been described by Alasdair MacIntyre as “theological reflection at its best.”



John O'Callaghan

John O’Callaghan is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He has previously taught at Creighton University and the University of Portland. He has written or edited a number of books and articles in the area of Thomistic studies, including Thomist Realism and the Linguistic Turn (2003) and Recovering Nature (with Thomas Hibbs, 1999). He is a past President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and is a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas (PASTA). 



Steven A. Long

Steven A. Long is Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. He has previously taught at the University of St. Thomas (MN), at St. Joseph’s College, Christendom College, and The Catholic University of America. He is the author of The Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act (Sapientia Press, 2007), Natura Pura: On the Recovery of Nature in the Doctrine of Grace (Fordham University Press, 2010), and Analogia Entis: On the Analogy of Being, Metaphysics, and the Act of Faith (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). He is a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas (PASTA).





Registration / Accommodations Info

  • Registration Fee: $95 if before April 15 and $120 afterward (covers all meals, including Saturday evening’s banquet dinner)
  • On-Campus Lodging: $200 single occupancy for up to four nights (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; private room with a shared bathroom in a single-sex dormitory; linens provided)
  • Off-campus lodging can be found at various nearby accommodations
  • To register and reserve accommodations, please visit our online form
  • Check-in: Wednesday, 3:00–5:00 p.m., or Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.





Thomistic Summer Conference | Faith & Reason | Thomas Aquinas College, California | June 18-20, 2020


Thomas Aquinas College believes that to learn is to discover and grow in the truth about reality. It is the truth, and nothing less, that sets men free. And because truth is both natural and supernatural, our academic program aims at both natural and divine wisdom. In particular, we look to St. Thomas Aquinas, the Common Doctor of the Church, whose extensive writings testify to the natural harmony between faith and reason.

Thomas Aquinas College is truly unique among American colleges and universities. In place of textbooks, students here study the Great Books of Western civilization — the works that have shaped the course of history and guided the development of the major disciplines (mathematics and science, language and literature, philosophy and theology). With truth as their aim, our students engage in this four-year pursuit, attempting to answer the enduring questions raised by the authors of these great works, not in vast lecture halls, but in vigorous classroom discussions of 15-18 students.

This curriculum presents the arts and sciences of liberal education as a comprehensive whole. There are no majors, no minors, no electives, and no specializations. The works studied are arranged so as to build upon one another, and together they form a comprehensive and integrated whole. After four years of study, graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree, having completed 146 semester hours.