St. Thomas Aquinas and Hagiography

Later this month, I will be taking part in a conference in Rome, the third Cantieri dell’Agiografia organized by the Associazione italiana per lo studio della santità, dei culti e dell’agiografia (AISSCA). The full schedule for the conference is available here. I have organized a session on St. Thomas Aquinas and Hagiography.

In addition to utilizing biblical, theological and philosophical sources, the 13th century Dominican theologian St. Thomas Aquinas made significant appeals to the lives of the saints throughout his writings. Although his brother Dominicans John of Mailly, Bartholomew of Trent, and James of Voragine may be better known today for their hagiographical writings, Thomas’s writings reveal a keen interest in both the lives of the saints in themselves and their significance as monuments to Christian belief and practice. In this session, we will consider the hagiographical sources and writings of Thomas Aquinas from the perspectives of systematic, historical, moral, and liturgical theology, considering his treatment of saints from the New Testament period as well as early Christian saints and martyrs. Through this panel, we hope to demonstrate the significance of Thomas Aquinas as hagiographer and to show the fruitfulness of multi-disciplinary inquiry into the treatment of saints by authors beyond the recognized canon of hagiographical writers.


Friday, January 18 2019

Pontificia Università Antonianum, Aula A

Ore 9.00-11.00

Panel: St. Thomas Aquinas and Hagiography

Coordina: INNOCENT SMITH

AUSTIN DOMINIC LITKE (Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Roma) St. Thomas Aquinas and the Vitae Patrum

INNOCENT SMITH (Universität Regensburg) St. Thomas Aquinas and the Early Christian Martyrs

JOHN BAPTIST KU (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington) John the Baptist in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas

EZRA SULLIVAN (Pontificia Università S. Tommaso d’Aquino, Roma) Imperfect but Exemplary Saints: Paul and Mary Magdalene in the Theology of Aquinas

Discussant: LAURA CARNEVALE (Università di Bari Aldo Moro)


Image: The Virgin Mary with the Apostles and Other Saints; about 1423-4, Probably by Fra Angelico; National Gallery, London

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