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Christian Faith and the Power of Thinking:
A Collection of Essays, Marking the 800th Anniversary of the Founding of the Order of Preachers in 1216

Edited by Fr. Jay Harrington, O.P.

How do friars of the Order of Preachers -- an Order founded around study, preaching, prayer and community -- best commemorate eight-hundred years of their intellectual and spiritual tradition? Fr. Jay Harrington, OP, Regent of Studies for the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great and Associate Academic Dean at Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis, MO), invites the modern reader to glimpse into the lineage and tradition of the Dominicans through various lenses in his compilation, Christian Faith and the Power of Thinking: A Collection of Essays, Marking the 800th Anniversary of the Founding of the Order of Preachers in 1216.

In addition to his own chapter on the 13th-century Dominican, Augustine of Dacia, OP, Fr. Harrington includes the essays of Dominican friars from the Provinces of St. Albert the Great and St. Martin de Porres: Fr. Charles Dahm, OP; Fr. James Marchionda, OP; Fr. Thomas O'Meara, OP; the late Fr. Paul Philibert, OP; Fr. Scott Steinkerchner, OP; Fr. Benedict Thomas Viviano, OP; Fr. Mark Wedig, OP; and Fr. Richard Woods, OP. The authors treat their subjects with expertise, the fruits of the labor resulting from extensive intellectual work and practical ministerial application, and definitively within the charism of the Dominican Order.

This collection of essays offers the casual reader a wide selection of topics ranging from history to the arts, from the ministerial to the theological. For the discerning Dominican reader, Christian Faith and the Power of Thinking can provide a deepened insight into particular eras and schools of thought within the Order's history with which he or she may already have familiarity.

While the authors cover prominent Dominican figures, such as St. Albert the Great, Meister Eckhart, and M.-D. Chenu, they also provide cultural, historical, and theological context, thus piecing together what otherwise might seem to be a patchwork quilt of content. Instead, the authors, under the guiding vision of Fr. Harrington, present readers a stained glass window through which to view the eight-hundred-year Dominican tradition, each essay a fragment of the whole, designed and polished individually, before being crafted together, unified.

Christian Faith and the Power of Thinking was made possible through a grant from Aquinas Institute of Theology, in order to teach and engage Catholic readers in the spirit of St. Dominic.









Sexuality and Morality: Answers for Modern Catholics
by Charles E. Bouchard, O.P.

This candid question-and-answer book tackles the tough, yet common,issues, challenges, questions, and complaints of sexuality, morality, and Christian living in the 21st century. As the author notes, "many of the questions we will address below would never have been asked, let alone answered, in a Catholic book prior to the 1960s!" In his simple, easy-to- follow style, Fr. Bouchard covers every topic-from divorce, abortion, homosexuality, celibacy, and Church teaching, to how to live in the modern world without compromising your morals or faith.

 Charles E. Bouchard, O.P., is the Prior Provincial for the Central Province of Saint Albert the Great and a board member at Aquinas Institute.










The Preaching of Pope Francis: Missionary Discipleship and the Ministry of the Word
by Gregory Heille, O.P.

Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has encouraged, inspired, and delighted those who have heard him preach. Especially fascinating have been his plain-spoken and insightful weekday morning Mass homilies. He has also offered the church a substantial contribution on the theory and practice of homiletics in a large section of his first major teaching document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). In The Preaching of Pope Francis, Gregory Heille, O.P., introduces readers to the pope’s preaching, his insights about the preaching vocation of the ordained, and his call to all the baptized to go to the margins as missionary disciples and evangelists of the Word.

Heille, a highly regarded professor of homiletics and preacher himself, offers an inspiring and practical resource for priests, deacons, and anyone involved in the ministry of preaching. He shares the pope’s vision and example for the preparation and delivery of effective and engaging homilies and for laity invested in the church’s ministry of the Word in a post-Vatican II pastoral context.

Gregory Heille, O.P., is professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology. He also serves as promoter of preaching for the Dominican Central Province and has served as president of the Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics and president of the Academy of Homiletics.




Preaching to the Choir & Redeeming Administration
by Ann Garrido

For over 15 years, Ann Garrido preached regularly at Aquinas Institute of Theology-a school of theology and ministry in the Dominican tradition. Preaching to the Choir includes selections of Garrido's preaching, providing a window into the way the Word of God intersects with very particular events in the community's history and the author's own life.

Ann Garrido's 2009 article in America magazine on the spirituality of administration in Catholic settings created a wave of demand in this successful academic administrator's already full speaking schedule. Now she brings together twelve spiritual habits--each illuminated by the story of a Catholic saint--that help administrators find spiritual meaning in their work.

Ann Garrido admits that she sometimes finds administration draining, even boring, as it fractures her days into "tiny shards of time" that make it impossible to focus on "the big ideas." And yet Garrido has found spiritual gifts in her many years as a theologian, parish minister, and administrator in higher education. In Redeeming Administration, she reveals those gifts by examining twelve spiritual habits--presenting a saint who embodies each habit--and showing readers how to experience their administrative work as a crucial ministry of the Church.

Ann Garrido is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO where she served as a regular faculty member and program administrator from 2000 – 2013. She now continues teaching with the institute from a distance while also working as a consultant in the areas of conflict mediation, administration, and leadership development. She is the author of three other books: Mustard Seed Preaching (LTP, 2004); A Concise Guide to Supervising a Ministry Student (Ave Maria, 2008); and Redeeming Administration (Ave Maria, 2013), as well as numerous journal and magazine articles.


Adam of Saint-Victor, Sequences
by Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ

Adam of Saint-Victor’s († 1146) sequences are recognized as sophisticated liturgical poetry, the highest development of this literary genre. In addition to their merit as unique medieval cultural sources, they offer an expression of the lived theology of the twelfth-century Abbey of Saint-Victor in Paris. This translation of the collection of Adam’s sequences presents them as a whole, using language that seeks to retain the theological significance of the Latin terminology. The parallel Latin text allows readers to examine the original language used. The included introduction and notes situate the sequences in their historical context and offer references to Adam’s many sources.

In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World
Edited by Juliet Mousseau RSCJ and Sarah Kohles, OSF

Written by a diverse group of younger women religious from North America, In Our Own Words offers a collection of essays on issues central to apostolic religious life today. The thirteen authors represent different congregations, charisms, ministries, and histories. The topics and concerns that shape these chapters emerged naturally through a collaborative process of prayer and conversation. Essays focus on the vows and community life, individual identity and congregational charisms, and leadership among younger members leading into the future. The authors hope these chapters may form a springboard for further conversation on religious life, inviting others to share their experiences of religious life in today’s world.