Practical information 2017 Conference

Welcome to all the participants of our 2017 Conference Towards a Biblical Thomism. Thomas Aquinas and the Renewal of Biblical Theology, which will take place April 24-26 in the beautiful city of Torun, the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and a Unesco World Heritage Site. We are looking forward to a most interesting conference with scholars from Poland, the United States, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Chile, Switzerland, etc.

Awaiting the conference schedule, which we hope to publish in the coming weeks, we can already inform you about the following:

Venue of the Conference

Nicolaus Copernicus University, Faculty of Theology, ul. Gagarina 37, 87-100 Torun, Poland and Centre of Dialogue John Paul II, Pl. Frelichowskiego 1, 87-100 Torun, Poland


There are four airports nearby Torun: Warsaw Chopin Airport (distance 220 km), Warsaw Modlin Airport, Bydgoszcz Paderewski Airport (distance 50 km), Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (distance 170 km), Poznan Lawica Airport (distance 180 km).

The most convenient way for those coming from abroad is to fly to one of the airports in Warsaw. From the Central Train Station in Warsaw one has a direct connection to Torun (duration: appr. 2h 45 min). We would advise to book a train ticket beforehand because the queue at Warsaw Central Station can sometimes be rather long. See

Suggested hotel accommodations

Hotel Meeting *** (5 min. on foot) (Special price for participants 120 zloty)

Hotel Gotyk *** (downtown in the historical center, half an hour on foot, 10 minutes by public city transport) (Special price for participants 150 zloty)

You can make a reservation by contacting the hotel directly or, for more questions, contact fr. Piotr Roszak (


Registration fee is €50 and covers conference materials, opening dinner, lunches. Payment can be made on-site at the start of the conference or by bank transfer to:

Fundacja Pro Futuro Theologiae

PL35 1160 2202 0000 0002 7369 3725

Call for papers for the 2017 Conference

Towards a Biblical Thomism. Thomas Aquinas and the Renewal of Biblical Theology

International Conference

Faculty of Theology

Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń (Poland)

April 24-26, 2017

Call for Papers

For many years now, scholars have recognized the importance of Aquinas’ biblical commentaries and exegetical methods for understanding Aquinas’ integral thought as well as advancing contemporary theology, biblical studies and ecumenical dialogue.

Meanwhile, contemporary biblical theology is striving toward an integration of the historical-critical method with the patristic-medieval exegetical approach.

The aim of this conference is to develop our understanding of Aquinas’ biblical exegesis, it’s influence on modern and contemporary exegetical approaches and explore ways in which Aquinas’ thought and contemporary biblical exegesis can mutually enrich each other towards an integration of biblical exegesis and speculative theology with special reference to recent magisterial documents .


Possible topics to be treated (among many others) are:

* From an historical perspective: the relation of Aquinas’ exegetical approach compared to his predecessors; the influence of this approach on the history of exegesis and theology.

* From a systematical perspective: the relation between the theological doctrine of Aquinas and his biblical exegesis; the relation between exegesis and preaching; the contemporary relevance for ecumenical dialogue; differences and similarities between Aquinas’ exegesis and recent magisterial documents (e.g. the Pontifical Biblical Commission), in particular the reception of the PBC’s document “The Bible and Morality” (2008) from the perspective of Aquinas’ thought (esp. natural law, conscience, personhood)

Papers may be given preferably in English and the presentation should take 25 minutes. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to by January 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of February 2017.

The keynote and other main lectures will be given by Michael Sherwin O.P. (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Matthew Levering (Mundelein Seminary, United States), Enrique Alarcon (University of Pamplona, Spain), Giuseppe De Virgilio (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome), Stefano Zamboni SCJ (Alphonsianum, Rome), Pawel Krupa O.P. (Thomistic Institute, Warsaw) and Michele Mazzeo OFM (Antonianum, Rome).

Venue of the conference: Faculty of Theology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, ul. Gagarina 11, 87-100 Torun, Poland.

Organizing committee:

Faculty of Theology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun

Thomistic Institute, Warsaw

Dr. Piotr Roszak, Dr. Jörgen Vijgen, Prof. Dr. Wojciech Pikor (principal organizers)




Papers of the 2015 Conference

Top_01Some of the papers of the 2015 Conference are now published in the journal Biblica et Patristica Thoruniensia. Congratulations to all the contributors!

*Wolność w Chrystusie. Aktualność nauczania św. Tomasza z Akwinu o wolności chrześcijańskiej na podstawie piątego rozdziału “Super Epistolam S. Pauli Apostoli ad Galatas Lectura”
Bartosz Adamski

*Rodzenie Słowa w świetle Tomaszowego komentarza do Prologu Ewangelii św. Jana (J 1, 1–2)
Karolina Ćwik

*„Obłuda” i „pieczęć” – dwa przykłady Tomaszowej egzegezy biblijnej w kontekście teologii sakramentów
Michał Golubiewski OP

*W poszukiwaniu sensów Pisma Świętego. Św. Tomasza z Akwinu Super Epitolam ad Ephesios i wybrane nowożytne interpretacje egzegetyczne na przykładzie Ef 5,1–2
Andrzej Kubanowski

*¿Revolucionario o «genio simplificador»? Santo Tomás de Aquino en la Exégèse médiévale de Henri de Lubac
Andrzej Persidok

*St. Thomas’ Proof for the Lord of Lords from the Cause of Causes
Catherine Peters