ODU Hosts St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation

Sister Sharon Zayac, O.P.


Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Center for Dominican Studies will host its annual St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation at 11 a.m., Jan. 23. The Convocation will take place in the Matesich Theatre, located inside Erskine Hall on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. To register for this free event, contact the Center at 614-251-4722 or ambrosim@ohiodominican.edu. 

The keynote speaker, Sister Sharon Zayac, O.P., will present, “Reflections on Earth Justice: That We Might Live,” which addresses justice toward the earth. 

“This timely presentation will offer insights into our responsibilities as keepers of the earth and will help us to understand where our work in ecological issues falls in our justice agenda,” said Sr. Mattie Sterner, O.P., director of the Center for Dominican Studies. 

Following the lecture, a Eucharistic Celebration will be held at 12:15 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel, located inside Sansbury Hall. 

Sr. Zayac is the director of Jubilee Farm, a 111-acre center for ecology and spirituality in Springfield, Ill., which is owned by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill. Sr. Zayac has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, and a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She also has a master’s degree in Earth Literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary of the Woods, Ind. Sr. Zayac spent 10 years as a teacher before beginning her 13-year career in health care administration. She is known internationally for her writings and lectures on the practical and theological implications of the universe story, which blends science and religion. 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.