Memorial Mass for Dr. John N. Deely

Commemorate the Life of Dr. John N. Deely
April 26, 1942 – January 7, 2017

All are welcome to attend

Monday, May 8, 2017

Memorial Mass
11:00 a.m.

Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Luncheon to follow

Kindly respond by May, 4, 2017
(724) 805-2177 or

John and Brooke have established
The John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair in Philosophy
at Saint Vincent College

Memorial Contributions are welcome and can be sent to:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA  15650


John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair in Philosophy

            From the beginning of his philosophical career, Deely has been deeply influenced by Maritain’s thought.  The John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair provides a venue for scholars to continue working in this tradition. A providential reading of Quatre essais sur l’esprit dans sa condition charnelle and key passages in Distinguer pour unir ou les degrés du savoir gave him the direction needed for developing his doctoral dissertation, which undertook a rapprochement between the Thomistic account of esse intentionale and the problematic of Being in Heidegger’s thought.  This doctoral work eventually bore fruit in Deely’s first monograph, The Tradition via Heidegger, which he dedicated to the Maritains “at a distance” and was graced to present in person to Jacques on July 20, 1972.  This early engagement with Maritain’s thought marked the beginning of Deely’s life-long engagement with the Thomistic tradition, in which Maritain featured as his principle interlocutor and guide.

            Deely, who is known internationally for his close connection to Maritain’s thought, has striven to develop the Catholic tradition in ways that meet the needs of our current age and that help to shape the future form of philosophical culture.  His advocacy of John Poinsot carries on Maritain’s own advocacy of Poinsot, whose writings are a sine qua non for understanding Maritain’s own “intellectual locale” as a Thomist.    As a result of Deely’s work, Poinsot is now recognized as a founder of the philosophical tradition (as distinguished from the literary tradition) in the contemporary interdisciplinary field of semiotics. Indeed, Maritain himself, as a consequence of such development, is recognized in this field as a major figure. 

            In addition to his landmark publications, Deely lectured worldwide on topics relevant to philosophical semiotics and scholastic philosophy.  He was a founding member of the American Maritain Association and a drafter of the Association’s constitution in 1977-1978. In 2009, he received this association’s “Scholarly Excellence Award.” In the same year, he received the Aquinas Medal for Excellence in Christian Philosophy from the Étienne Gilson Society. 

            Deely envisioned the Chair as providing a setting for continuing work in a forward-looking Thomism that is undaunted in embracing the Thomistic Commentatorial tradition that was so dear to Maritain.  The positioning of the Chair at St. Vincent College is Providential, given the Maritains’ connection to the Benedictine Order as oblates. St. Vincent College is staffed by members of St. Vincent Archabbey, which is one of the largest Catholic monasteries in the world.  The John Deely and Jacques Maritain Chair in Philosophy will enable a prayerful engagement in philosophy within the immediate context of St. Vincent’s Benedictine horarium.

               St. Vincent College houses the personal library of John Deely, into which has been incorporated the Anthony F. Russell collection, together numbering over 12,000 volumes.  The collection contains a complete set of Maritain’s works (in French and English), as well as numerous secondary studies on the Maritains and their thought.  It also includes extensive resources in the Thomistic tradition as well as the interdisciplinary field of semiotics.  In addition to these volumes, the collection contains extensive, rare holdings from the works of Fr. Austin Woodbury, S.M., the founder of the Aquinas Academy in Sydney Australia.  A student of Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange and exponent of Maritain’s thought, Woodbury died leaving unpublished comprehensive, technical notes that recapitulate in detail Roman Thomism that formed the backbone of Maritain’s own intellectual training. These works provide a rare and incalculably important repository of Thomistic texts.

Dr. Christopher Morrissey on Dr. John Deely

Call for Abstracts: Philosophy of Science at ACPA 2017

Call for Abstracts:

Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science at ACPA 2017

CEPOS Satellite Session(s) at the 2017 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association

November 16-19, 2017
The Westin Dallas Downtown
1202 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202

Send 200 word abstracts to by April 15, 2017.

In the wake of a June 2016 conference on Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science (CEPOS), we invite abstracts for papers to be presented at a CEPOS satellite session at the 2017 ACPA meeting in Dallas.

We welcome abstracts on any CEPOS-related topic. We are especially interested in work on the following topics:

  1. Modality in the sciences and Christian thought: Creation, Concurrence, Providence; Chance, Contingency, Probability.
  2. Modern science and ancient categories: Are contemporary natural sciences “intermediate sciences”? More?  Less? Other?
  3. Probability does not contradict Probability? Epistemology of scientific change, unity of truth, and science-theology dialogue
  4. HoCEPOS: Perspectives on the history of Catholic engagement in philosophy of science from John Henry Newman to Ernan McMullin.

In general, we aim in the satellite session(s) to continue efforts to cultivate sober perspective on the history and current state of engagement with philosophy of science among Catholic intellectuals with an eye to "What now?" sorts of questions. CEPOS aims to articulate, explore, and evaluate a variety of approaches to philosophy of science present in Catholic thought over the last 150 years (roughly from John Henry Newman to the present). These approaches include explicit philosophies of science, as well as ones implicit in and shaping theological work, hierarchical church documents and actions, and evaluations of the relevance of the special sciences to metaphysics, philosophy of nature, and theology.

CEPOS is interested to explore a broad range of issues, approaches, and figures and aims to encourage productive cross-fertilization, collaboration, and exploration among philosophers, theologians, and scientists.

Call for Papers: University Faculty for Life

27th Annual Conference

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

June 9-10, 2017

Call for Papers (PDF)

Call for Papers: Lex Naturalis

We are accepting proposals for the third issue of Lex Naturalis. Topics related to any issue concerning natural law will be considered, especially those related to contemporary cultural concerns. Abstracts are due by April 15, 2017.  Please send to the editor, Walter Raubicheck, at  Completed papers (25-30 pgs.) will be due by June 15.

Call for Papers: Solidarity, The Journal of Catholic Social Teaching and Secular Ethics

 Call for Papers
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Ageing: Conceptions, Flourishing, and Challenges for Church and Civil Society
Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Teaching and Secular Ethics

This special edition of Solidarity calls for papers addressing the ethical issues associated with ageing from within the fields of Moral Philosophy, Moral and Pastoral Theology, Law, and Healthcare.

Questions/topics for discussion could include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptions of ageing: What does it mean to age?; What meaning do we assign to the phenomenon of ageing?; What worth is and ought to be assigned to old age?; Is it possible to age authentically?; Cultural perspectives and Indigenous conceptions of old age and ageing; Ageing and Intergenerational communion.
  • Flourishing: What is it to flourish in old age?; What place does faith/spirituality play in old age?; The meaning of leisure and activity for the ageing; The meaning of time for the ageing; Notions of wisdom and respect and their interaction in the context of old age; The contributions of the ageing to society; The experience of joy in ageing.
  • Challenges for Church and Civil Society: What does protection for the elderly mean, and why should they be protected?; The problem of elder abuse; Dealing with the ageing process (facing illness, disability, suffering, and loss of control); The provision of appropriate and adequate facilities for the elderly; The provision of palliative care services; Societal and economic ramifications of employment of an ageing population; Ageism and Stereotyping: Challenging stereotypes in the interests of living an authentic life; The philosophical and practical responses of the Catholic Church regarding ageing.

Abstracts of 100-300 words, accompanied with a current Curriculum Vitae, are to be emailed to Solidarity at by 15 March 2017.

Lumen Christi Institute's Summer Seminars 2017

Flyer (PDF)

Now in their ninth year, the Lumen Christi Institute’s Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition are open to graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and other relevant areas of study. Room, board, and a travel stipend are included for those whose applications are accepted. Each seminar  includes five days of intensive discussion based on close reading of the assigned texts as well as daily presentations given by the professor and student participants. A deep knowledge of the material is not required to apply. These seminars give participants mastery over the material under discussion, both for teaching and research purposes, and also deepen participants’ understanding and awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information and to apply visit,


June 22-28

“Is God Knowable by Natural Reason? Philosophy, Theology, and Trinitarian Thought in the High Medieval Ages”

Mark Clark, Catholic University of America

Timothy B. Noone, Catholic University of America


In this seminar, scholar of medieval history Mark Clark and scholar of medieval philosophy Timothy Noone will offer an intensive survey of theological and philosophical debates about the natural knowledge of God in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Participants will read and discuss the writings Peter Abelard, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas as well as modern philosophical engagement with these questions.


July 9-15

“The Thought of John Henry Newman”

Fr. Ian Ker, University of Oxford

Merton College, Oxford 

Now in its fifth consecutive year, this intensive seminar will examine Newman’s achievements as theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics: An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar will approach Newman’s thought through a critical engagement with these texts 


July 29-August 5

“Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation”

Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa

University of California, Santa Barbara

Now in its fourth year, this seminar will have students read, analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in Catholic Social Thought from the late 19th century to the present. Lectures, seminar reports, and discussion will focus on original sources (encyclicals and other magisterial documents), beginning with Rerum novarum (1892) and concluding with Caritas in veritate (2009) and Evangelii Gaudium (2013). This intensive course is multi-disciplinary, since this tradition of social thought overlaps several disciplines in the contemporary university including political science, political philosophy, law, economics, theology, and history.

Conference: Seventh Annual Philosophy Workshop "Aquinas on Metaphysics"

Theme: "Aquinas on Metaphysics"

Location: Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY

Dates: June 29 - July 2, 2017

Organized by the Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC; the Catholic and Dominican Institute, Newburgh, NY; and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, Notre Dame, IN

For more information and to register, please visit:

Conference: 5th Annual International Summer School and Conference 2017

For information, please visit:

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