Catholic Dominican Sister & Educator To Address the 2012 Aquinas Convocation

Pat Connick Convocation


Sr. Patricia Connick, O.P., Ph.D., a Dominican Sister of Peace and Assistant Principal of the Dominican Academy (New York, NY), will be the keynote speaker for Ohio Dominican University’s 2012 Aquinas Convocation.

The Convocation will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. in ODU’s Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall, 1216 Sunbury Road, 43219. Sr. Patricia will speak on the topic: “Converging Theology and Science to Transform the Modern World.” Immediately following the lecture, there will be a Eucharistic Celebration in Christ the King Chapel in Sansbury Hall with the Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell, D.D., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus.

The event is open to the public, however registration is required by Friday, January 20, 2012. To register, please contact ODU’s Ann Dysart at 614-251-4575 or by email, The convocation is sponsored by ODU’s Center for Dominican Studies in honor of the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, observed on January 28.

Sr. Patricia Connick, O.P. ‘80 received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Ohio Dominican College. She earned a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. She taught chemistry at Ohio Dominican from 1984 to 1988, from 1993 to 2002, and again from 2003 to 2008. She served as chair of the Division of Natural Sciences from 1998 to 2001, and the Division of Mathematics, Computer and Natural Sciences from 2005 to 2008. In that capacity, Sr. Patricia worked closely with the Education Division to develop teaching licensure programs in the sciences, and developed methods for incorporating computer technology into laboratory experiments. She directed two national summer workshops for high school teachers in conjunction with PASCO Scientific.

Sr. Patricia currently serves as assistant principal for the Dominican Academy, a private, all-female, Catholic college preparatory school managed by the Dominican Sisters of Peace and lay staff, located on the Upper East Side in New York City.

Ohio Dominican University is a private four-year liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The university has 3,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as six graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.

Background Information: Saint Thomas Aquinas
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 to Ohio Dominican University) in the tradition of the great 13th century Spaniard, Dominic de Guzman. Guzman established the Order of Preachers—commonly called “the Dominicans” —in 1216. He made study and the love of learning central to his followers’ way of life. The Dominicans thus often choose to live in university settings.

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. St. Thomas Aquinas 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 understanding. Aquinas’ most famous work is the Summa Theologiae, a summary of his theological views in many areas. Originally written as an introductory work for students and never finished, the Summa Theologiae stands nevertheless as one of the greatest theological works ever written.

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.