Sr. Catherine Joseph Droste O.P. (’87) has been named the first female Dean of Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum, in Rome. Another Christendom graduate to find success in academia, Sr. Catherine will use her extensive educational background to help grow and enhance the theology program at the Angelicum.
After earning her bachelor’s in history from Christendom, Sr. Catherine obtained a master’s in history from Middle Tennessee State University, a master’s in educational administration from Marymount University in Washington, D.C., and her STB, STL & STD in dogmatic theology from the Angelicum. Sr. Catherine has an extensive background in education, teaching at various Dominican schools, including Aquinas College in Tennessee, and at the Angelicum since 2011.
“We have to teach beauty, as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI stated. We have to present beauty to the world today, because many often won’t listen to merely logical arguments,” said Sr. Catherine in an interview with The Angelicum magazine. “As a university, that’s what we’re doing: we’re forming other theologians who have been captivated by the beauty of truth and who can share it with others.”
Sr. Catherine’s appointment marks the latest Christendom connection to the Angelicum. Alumnus Garrett Quigley (’18) is currently studying theology there, while AJ Lancaster (’19) is studying philosophy. College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell is an alumnus of the Angelicum and founding faculty member Dr. Kristin Burns was the first lay woman to receive her doctorate from the university as well.