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Michael A. Mascari, O.P.

Academic Dean (1 July 2018)

mascari@ai.edu


Degrees

  • Ph.D. (Early Christian Studies), The Catholic University of America, 1996
  • JD (Law), De Paul University School of Law, 1978
  • MA/MDiv, Aquinas Institute of Theology, 1987
  • AB (European History), Georgetown University, 1975
     

Administrative, Academic, and Professional Experience

  • 2012–2018: Socius for the Intellectual Life, Order of Preachers, Rome
  • President of the Board of Directors, Pontifical
    University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, Rome
  • Member of Conseil scientifique, École biblique et archéologique française, Jerusalem
  • President of the Permanent Commission for the Promotion of Studies, the Order of Preachers
  • 2003–2011: Prior Provincial, Province of St. Albert the Great (Dominican Central Province), Chicago
  • Chair of the Board of Members, Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • Trustee of Aquinas Institute of Theology; Fenwick High School, Oak Park IL; and Providence College, Providence RI
  • Member of the International Dominican Foundation
  • 2000–2003: Master of Students, Dominican Central and Southern Provinces, St. Dominic Priory, St. Louis
  • 1998–2003: Assistant Professor, Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • 1998–2000: Adjunct Professor, Saint Louis University
  • 1997–1998: Visiting Professor, Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • 1996–1997: Adjunct Professor, Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • 1987–1991: Instructor in Theology and Latin, Fenwick High School, Oak Park IL
  • 1979–1981: Attorney, Member of the Illinois Bar, and Editor of Tax Week, Chicago

 

Aquinas Institute of Theology has been pivotal to my vocation as a teacher and life-long student of theology. The invitation to undertake such a journey came quite late. I had begun my professional life as an attorney, where I practiced income tax law in Chicago before discerning a call to enter the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans). It was during my initial studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology that I became acquainted with the key texts of classical and medieval philosophy, the writings of the fathers and doctors of the Church, especially St. Thomas Aquinas, and some of the major theological perspectives that have arisen in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. After the opportunity to teach high school for four years and to develop some skills in the classroom, I was invited to pursue a doctorate in early Christian studies where I was able to combine interests in theology, philosophy, late antique history, and classical languages. Upon completion of my degree, I returned to Aquinas, first as an adjunct and an invited professor, and later as an assistant professor of systematic theology. With additional responsibilities for the formation of our Dominican student brothers and some pastoral commitments in the archdiocese, I spent seven full but very happy years studying, teaching, and helping the students at Aquinas Institute to deepen their understanding of our Catholic theological tradition and to savor its many riches.

Although I was later asked to serve in a position of provincial leadership, the flourishing of Aquinas Institute as a theological center of study remained a primary concern, where I as prior provincial had both the privilege and joy of serving on the Board of Members and the Board of Trustees of Aquinas. After later being called away to Rome to serve as the promoter for the intellectual life of the Order, my relationship to Aquinas Institute became more attenuated, but the experience of the vibrancy of the Order in different parts of the world and the rigor with which theological study is pursued has reinforced a vision of study that reflects the Dominican intellectual tradition at its best, one that is dynamic, dialogical, contemplative, and personally integrative. It is such a vision that I believe Aquinas Institute can share with every student who comes to us seeking a more intimate knowledge of God and a more dedicated commitment to the Church and to the world.

Previous Memberships

The Catholic Theological Society of America, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Dominican Leadership Conference, and the Illinois Bar Association