Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, June 24, 2018

caron-habit webNEW HAVEN – Dominican Father David Caron, president of Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo., will deliver the third and final talk in the 2012-13 St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series, on April 22 at Albertus Magnus College.

The title of his talk is "Choosing Civility and Respect: A Catholic and Dominican Perspective."

Father Caron will examine such questions as: Are we living in an epidemic of rudeness?  What has happened to civility and respect, which are basic for a functioning society?

Such questions have become topics of conversation in the United States and Church cultures.  Increasingly, there is a tendency to vilify a person because he or she holds a different position, a behavior Father Caron says is unchristian. Church teaching and the Dominican tradition have much to say to those who must not only speak the truth, but must do so in love, he says.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Father Caron was appointed president of Aquinas Institute of Theology, a graduate school of theology and ministry whose mission is to educate men and women to preach, to teach, to minister and to lead, in December 2012.

Previously, he had served as assistant to the provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres and taught at Aquinas Institute, St. Louis University and Barry University. He has served as a liturgical consultant for parishes and dioceses, teaching classes and conducting workshops throughout the country on various topics related to liturgical renewal. 

Father Caron holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. 

Free and open to the public, this event is made possible through the generosity of the Marie Louise Bianchi ’31 Fund. The talk will be in Devaney Lecture Hall, in Aquinas Hall, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.  Reservations may be made at 203-773-8502 or 

Previous talks in the series were "Albertus Magnus: Expansive Mind, Expansive Heart" by Dominican Sister Lisa Zuccarelli, ’75, chair of the department of biology and biomedical sciences and the department of chemistry at Salve Regina University; and "Reading the Word of God and the Book of Nature" by Dominican Sister Mary Catherine Hilkert, professor of theology at Notre Dame University. They may be found online at