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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
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For Immediate Release: January 21, 2002

Guest lecturer to visit Fredericton during Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas

[ Fredericton ] - St. Thomas University has invited a special guest lecturer to speak during the University's annual Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Mary Catherine Sommers, of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, will be presenting "GET A LIFE! Form and Confusion in Contemporary Society."

"The phrase 'Get a life!', spoken repeatedly by my children in various contexts, used to puzzle me," Dr. Sommers said. "Presumably 'life' is the one thing we don't have to acquire, whatever else we may lack. Nevertheless, 'unpacking' the meaning of this expression allows us to draw some interesting conclusions about contemporary society and to make connections with medieval culture, where getting or choosing a 'life' was a serious subject for artists, poets and philosophers, including Thomas Aquinas."

Dr. Sommers is a professor at the Center for Thomistic Studies in Houston. She has published extensively on the works and life of St. Thomas Aquinas. She is currently researching for a book entitled Taking Martha's Part: Thomas Aquinas and the Perfect Life. It includes analyses of perfections and religion in specific works of St. Thomas.

Dr. Sommers' lecture will be held Monday, January 28, at 4 p.m. in Edmund Casey Hall's Ted Daigle Auditorium. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Aquinas Day will also include complimentary snacks for the students, a liturgy and Eucharist celebration, the grand opening of the Professional Studies Building, and the STU Revue (a classic talent show).