Wstępny plan konferencji

„Towards a Biblical Thomism: Aquinas and the Renewal of Biblical Theology”

International Conference, Faculty of Theology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, April 24-26, 2017

Monday, April 24th

8.00 – Holly Mass in the Chapel of the Seminary of Toruń
Chair (Jörgen Vijgen, Thomas Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands)
9.00 – Introduction
9.15 – Michael Sherwin OP (University of Fribourg, Switzerland): Thomas Aquinas and the Problem of the Biblical Conception of Love
10.00 – Enrique Alarcόn (University of Pamplona, Spain): Aquinas’ Harmonization of Evangelical Morality and Philosophical Ethics
10.45 – Discussion
11.15 – Coffee Break
11.30 – Round table session (Chair: Mateusz Przanowski OP, Thomistic Institute Warsaw, Poland)

11.30 – Stefano Zamboni SCJ (Alphonsianum, Rome, Italy): Natural Law, Divine Law and Revealed Moral. Continuity and Tentions
12.15 – Cajetan Cuddy OP (The University of Fribourg, Switzerland): The Bible and Morality: Aquinas on the Natural Law
12.45 – Paul M. Rogers (Emmanuel College University of Cambridge, United Kingdom): Prophecy and the Moral Life in Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians

13.15 – discussion
13.45 – Lunch (Faculty of Theology, room 55)
15.00-15.30 – Book Presentation (10′ each book + questions)

Michael G. Sirilla, The Ideal Bishop: Aquinas’s Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles (Thomistic Ressourcement Series), CUA Press, Washington D.C., 2017 (presented by Jörgen Vijgen)
Wykład pierwszego listu do Tymoteusza. Super primam epistolam b. pauli ad Thimotheum lectura, red. P. Roszak, E. Alarcόn, tłum. M. Hanusek OP, Scholastica Thorunensia 2, Toruń 2016 (presented by …)

15.30-17.30 – Paper presentations (Chair: Michał Mrozek OP, Thomistic Institute Warsaw, Poland)
15.30 – Juan-Carlos Inostroza Lanas (The Catholic University of the Most Holy Conception, Chile): St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther and Karl Barth to Romans 9
16.00 – Anthony Giambrone OP (The Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem, Israel): „Haec doctrina tota de gratia Christi: The Prologues to Aquinas’ Commentaries on the Letters of St. Paul”
16.30 – Piotr Goniszewski (University of Szczecin, Poland): The men redeemed or not-redeemed? The interpretation of Rom 7,14-25 in the Thomas Aquinas Super Epistolam B. Pauli ad Romanos lectura and modern exegesis
17.00 – discussion

18.00 – Concert (Centre of Dialogue, CD): Włodzimierz and Iwan Gajdyczuk: „Classics for two accordions” (Fryderyk Chopin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Aram Khachaturian, Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Johann Strauss – father and son)
19.00 – Opening dinner (CD)

Tuesday, April 25th

Chair (Dariusz Iwański, Nicolaus Copernicus University,UMK, Toruń)
9.00 – Giuseppe De Virgilio (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Italy): Hermeneutics of the “Revealed Morality” in the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s Document “The Bible and Morality. Biblical Roots of Christian Conduct”
9.45 – Michele Mazzeo OFM (Antonianum, Rome, Italy): Sacredness, dignity and mystery of human life: from the Bible to our times
10.30 – Discussion
11.00 – Coffee Break
11.15 – Round table session (Chair: Jan Perszon, Nicolaus Copernicus University,UMK, Toruń)

11.15 – Mateusz Przanowski OP (Thomistic Institute Warsaw, Poland): Formam servi accipiens (Phil 2:7) or plenus gratiae et veritatis (Jn 1:14)? The apparent dilemma in Aquinas’ exegesis.
11.45 – Janusz Kręcidło (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, UKSW, Poland): Aquinas’s exegetical mastery in Super Evangelium S. Ioannis Lectura. A case study of John 21
12.15 – Jörgen Vijgen (Thomas Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands) The intelligibility of Aquinas’ account of marriage as remedium concupiscentiae in his commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:1-9

12.45 – discussion
13.15 – Lunch (Faculty of Theology, room 55)
14.30-15.00 – Book Presentations (10′ each + questions)
Matthew Levering, Pismo Święte i metafizyka. Tomasz z Akwinu i odnowa teologii trynitarnej, Poznań 2016 (presented by …)
Michele Mazzeo, La cura della vita. Bibbia e bioetica, Bologna 2015 (presented by Wojciech Pikor)

15.00-17.00 – Paper presentations – parallel in 2 groups:

Group I (Chair: Damian Dorocki, Nicolaus Copernicus University,UMK, Toruń)

15.00 – Krzysztof Bardski (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, UKSW, Poland): „Allegoriae in universam Sacram Scripturam” attributed to Garnier of Langres as a pre-thomistic biblical summa symbolorum”
15.30 – Stefan Mangnus OP (Tilburg School of Catholic Theology/Thomas Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands): Reading one Gospel in three ways
16.00 – Joseph Arias (Christendom College, Alexandria, Virginia, USA): “Justifying Abraham: The Fruits of Saint Thomas’s Favorable Reading of the Patriarchs Revisited in Light of Magisterial and Canonical Sources”
16.30 – discussion

Group II (Chair: Jan Wółkowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University, UMK, Toruń)
15.00 – Mirosław Mróz (Nicolaus Copernicus University, UMK, Toruń): “Be Strong in the Lord” (Eph 6:10). The Role of the Virtue of Fortitude in Christian Life in the Light of the Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians by St. Thomas Aquinas
15.30 – Michał Mrozek OP (Thomistic Institute Warsaw, Poland): How Aquinas Reads the Scripture in relation to Aristotle’s Philosophy in the Treatise on the Habitus (Summa Theologiae, 1-2, q. 49-70)?
16.00 – Andrzej Kubanowski (Nicolaus Copernicus University, UMK, Toruń): The Traces of Aquinas’s Theology of the Church in his Commentary on Ephesians
16.30 – discussion

17.00 Guided Tour – Medieval Toruń

Wednesday, April 26th

Chair (Janusz Kręcidło, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, UKSW, Poland)
9.00 – Matthew Levering (Mundelein Seminary, Illinois, USA) The Context of Christ’s Resurrection: The Old Testament in Aquinas’s Commentary on John 20-21
9.45 – Paweł Krupa OP (Thomistic Institute, Warsaw, Poland) The four meanings of the Bible: a classical tool in the hands of St. Thomas Aquinas
10.30 – Discussion
11.00 – Coffee Break/ Finger food
11.15 – Round table session (Chair: Piotr Roszak, Nicolaus Copernicus University, UMK, Toruń)

11.15 – Michael G. Sirilla (Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, USA): The Theological and Pastoral Purposes of Aquinas’s Biblical Commentaries
11.45 – Marian Hanusek OP: Les défis et les devoirs des supérieurs de l’Eglise dans le Commentaire de la Première Epître à Timothée
12.15 – Marcin Trepczyński (University of Warsaw, Poland): Aquinas’ exegesis of Ps. 50 as a tool of Christian education?
12.45 – Dariusz Iwański (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland): The wise reading of Job – Aquinas vs. modern exegetes

13.15 – discussion + Plenary session/discussion
14.30 – Lunch and End of Conference





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

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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