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Legatus Summit Seminar:
On the Sacraments and Their Ministers

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 01:30pm to 03:00pm

A Guided Discussion from
St. Thomas’ Summa Theologiae


In conjunction withLegatus
Ritz Carlton – Naples
Naples, Florida
January 23, 2020
Seminar: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Scandal in the Church, particularly among its ministers, can tempt some believers to lose faith in the sacraments and their efficacy. At such times it is worth reflecting on St. Thomas Aquinas’ discussion of these matters in the Summa Theologiae. St. Thomas argues that the sacraments, as works of God alone, are causes of grace, even if conferred by “evil ministers.” Indeed, “Those who approach the sacraments,” he writes, “receive an effect whereby they are enlikened not to the ministers but to Christ.”
Please join members of the faculty of Thomas Aquinas College for a deeper look at these important and timely passages at the Legatus Summit, focusing on St. Thomas Aquinas’ short but packed meditations on these matters from his Summa Theologiae. The seminar will be on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 1:30–3:00 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. It is open to all of the conference’s registered attendees. To attend, please register online.

This seminar is not a lecture; nor is it a discourse among a panel of experts. Everyone in attendance is invited, but not required, to participate actively in the conversation, working together to distill and analyze the meaning of this important document. You do not need to be an expert to attend, just interested in the topics to be read and discussed. Leading the seminar will be the College’s president, Dr. Michael F. McLean, and its vice president, Dr. Paul J. O’Reilly.

Dr. McLean and Dr. O’Reilly have collectively spent more than 50 years leading seminars as members of the Thomas Aquinas College teaching faculty. At the College, all classes are taught via the discussion method. The curriculum consists exclusively of the great books of Western civilization, including various Church documents and encyclicals.

Some Comments from Previous Seminars:

  • “Great and fascinating discussion.”
  • “The seminar was excellent. Excellent format, excellent discussion.”
  • “Perfect topic for today’s event.”

The seminar is open only to registered attendees of the Legatus Summit who register for the seminar. Space is limited. Register now for the seminar:

1. Register online.

2. Read the brief, highly accessible reading (PDF). Once you register for the seminar, a copy will be mailed to you.

Questions? Please e-mail Paul O’Reilly or call, 805-525-4417.

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– George Cardinal Pell

Archbishop of Sydney