Dialogues is a ministry of Aquinas Institute of Theology created to share our rich theological and spiritual heritage with alumni, donors, friends, and neighbors in the St. Louis area. The lectures are an opportunity for members of the public to benefit from the witness of those doing notable work in the field of theological and ministerial formation.

Your friends at Aquinas Institute hope you can join us!

Spring 2019 Series

Tuesday, February 12
Encountering God: Sacraments and Sacramentality in Everyday Life: Rhodora Beaton, Ph.D.

How do you think about the sacraments? As moments of encounter with God? Visible signs of invisible realities that cause grace? Rituals that mediate a sense of connection with God in the Church past, present, and future? Experiences of the sacred in the midst of a busy life?  Theologian Rhodora Beaton, Ph.D. will consider these descriptions and others in this dialogue about the role that sacraments play in Christian life.

Tuesday, March 5
Praying in Difficult Times: How the Psalms of Lament Can Be Signs of Hope: Sr. Maribeth Howell, O.P.

The Psalms have been prayed by Jews and Christians, both formally and informally, for countless generations. This collection of prayers, a book of the Sacred Scriptures, in Judaism and Christianity, covers the gamut of human emotions and brings these before God. Of particular significance are the psalms that are identified as “laments.” These prayers, comprise approximately one-third of the entire Psalter. What can we learn about prayer from our ancestors in faith and what do the Psalms of Lament teach us about freedom before God?

Tuesday, April 9
Straight Talk Today about the Real God: Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, O.P.
The God with a stick, the God who condemns to hell–will the real God please stand up? What is the true picture of the Holy One scripture gives us? How have we been reading it? How should we be reading it? What difference does Jesus make? Where do we fit among other world religions? What does the Church say on all this? What are we to say when we are asked who God is for us personally?

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $25 (includes lunch)

Location: Il Monastero Banquet Center (SLU Campus) 3050 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103

Free parking is available on site.

To register, or for more information, contact Diane Henderson at 314.256.8856 or

Past Speakers

Fr. Charles Bouchard, O.P., S.T.D.: The Catholic View on Health Care Reform: Justice, Public Health, and the Common Good

Sr. Juliet Mousseau, R.S.C.J.: Finding Joy in a Fearful World

Fr. Seán Charles Martin: Is the Pope Catholic? Reflections on Pope Francis and the Renewal of the Papacy

Fr. Greg Heille, O.P.: Count Me In: Becoming a Prepared Listener for Preaching

Click here to view recordings of previous lectures.