ODU Aquinas Convocation to Feature Dominican Friar Dave Caron, OP

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 Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University is proud to welcome Dave Caron, O.P. a Dominican Friar of the Southern Province of St. Martin De Porres, as the keynote speaker for the 2010 Aquinas Convocation. The Convocation will be held on Thursday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m. in ODU’s Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall, 1216 Sunbury Road, 43219.

The event is open to the public, however registration is required. Immediately following the lecture, there will be a Eucharistic celebration in Christ the King Chapel in Sansbury Hall, where Fr. Caron will celebrate Mass. To register, please contact Sr. Catherine Colby, O.P. (Director of ODU’s Center for Dominican Studies) at (614) 251-4722 or e-mail colbyc@ohiodominican.edu. The convocation is sponsored by ODU’s Center for Dominican Studies in honor of the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, observed on January 28.

Fr. Caron holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Liturgy from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He has served as a faculty member at Aquinas Institute, the Dominican Graduate School of Theology and St. Louis University's Theology Department. At Barry University, he served as Director of the Center for Dominican Studies, and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy and Theology.

Fr. Caron's special areas of expertise include Adult Faith Formation, Catholic Mission Integration for schools, colleges and universities, Preaching and Liturgy. Fr. Caron currently serves as Vocation Director of the Southern Province of the Order of Preachers.

In 1911, the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, established the College of St. Mary of the Springs (which subsequently changed its name to Ohio Dominican College and then Ohio Dominican University) in the tradition of the great 13th century Spaniard, Dominic de Guzman, who established the Dominican Order of Preachers in 1216. Dominic made study and the love of learning central to his followers’ way of life. The Dominicans thus chose to live in university settings whenever possible.

One of the most well-known Dominicans was a young Italian nobleman, Tommaso de Aquino, who was born in 1225 to a powerful political family from Roccasecca in southern Italy. Thomas Aquinas renounced his wealth and status to join Dominic’s poor community of preaching friars, and became a student of the renowned Dominican philosopher, scientist and theologian, Albert the Great. Thomas eventually became a professor of theology at Paris and was sent to other cities to teach and preach. From the abundance of his own contemplation, he gave generously to others, helping them to achieve their own autonomy and meaning. One of the books Thomas composed for his own students was an introductory theology course, the Summa Theologiae, a grand synthesis of theological ideas.

Thomas died in 1274 at the age of 49. During his brief life, he taught, preached and wrote over 90 works, in which he discussed the mystery of God, creation and our own meaning. He was canonized by Pope John XXII on July 18, 1323, and was proclaimed Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius V on April 11, 1567. Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of all Catholic universities and students worldwide. His feast day is celebrated internationally on January 28. On that day, ODU celebrates its own origins as a Dominican community of higher learning.

ODU’s  Center for Dominican Studies  serves as a resource for those interested in learning more about Dominican education, the Dominican charism, the history of the university and its mission and values. To fulfill its mission, the Center sponsors and hosts a variety of programs and services for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public.