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160—The Vocation of Thomas Aquinas—Matthew Minerd

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Jun 05, 2023 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P.’s definitive scholarly biography of St. Thomas Aquinas has recently received its third edition. Translator Matthew Minerd returns to the Catholic Culture Podcast to discuss what we can learn from Fr. Torrell about the life of St. Thomas and the context in which works like the Summa theologiae were written.

This episode is a deep dive into Thomas’s vocation in a number of senses—his Benedictine formation and eventual decision to become a Dominican instead, his intellectual formation as a student of St. Albert the Great and eventual Bachelor of the Sentences, and his duties in teaching, writing, disputation and preaching as a Master of the Sacred Pages at the University of Paris and elsewhere. Looking into these things can teach us much about Thomas’s spirituality, his working methods, and the intellectual climate of the time.


Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P., Saint Thomas Aquinas: Vol. 1, The Person and His Work

Matthew Minerd’s essay in defense of Garrigou-Lagrange

Ep. 38 with Minerd on Garrigou-Lagrange

Kirwan and Minerd, The Thomistic Response to the Nouvelle Theologie

Philipp W. Rosemann, The Story of a Great Medieval Book: Peter Lombard’s ‘Sentences’

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus. Download the Catholic Culture Podcast soundtrack.

Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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