Author and theologian Dr. Daria Spezzano will present Christendom College’s annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture on Monday, January 27. Titled, “The Burning Coal: Aquinas on the Eucharist, Eros, and Deification,” the lecture will be delivered at 4:10 p.m. in the college’s St. Kilian’s Café.

Dr. Spezzano, an associate professor of theology at Providence College, will speak on Aquinas’s Eucharist theology and how this sacrament serves as the “burning coal” that sets ablaze the heart for God. Spezzano will also elaborate on the role the Eucharist has to play in mankind’s deification.

Dr. Spezzano holds a PhD in theology from the University of Notre Dame and is the author of The Glory of God’s Grace: Deification According to St. Thomas Aquinas. Her areas of expertise include Thomistic theology, general patristic and medieval theology, the history of Christian spirituality, monasticism, theology of martyrdom, and the theology of beauty and art.

Christendom College’s philosophy and theology departments host a distinguished speaker every year on or around the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas (January 28) to speak on a philosophical or theological topic, with the 2020 lecture marking the 10th year the lecture has been delivered. Past speakers have included author Russell Hittinger, Reverend David Meconi, Reverend Lawrence Dewan, and Reverend John D. Corbett. This lecture is open to the public. Previous Thomas Aquinas lectures can be found here.

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