Faculty talk to focus on theology of angels

A St. Scholastica faculty member will discuss the theology of angels during a free talk at 3:40 p.m. Friday, May 6 in Tower Hall room 4119. The public is welcome.

Kevin Frederick Vaughan, director of St. Scholastica's Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies, will discuss modern Irish Carmelite philosopher and theologian Noel Dermot O'Donoghue and his views on angels. His talk is titled "Celtic Angels for a Catholic Church: Revisiting Angelology with Noel Dermot O'Donoghue."

The presentation is an attempt to outline the phenomenological character of O'Donoghue's approach to angels. Phenomenology is the philosophical study of the structures of experience and consciousness.

Vaughan will argue that O'Donoghue's methods allow him to develop a renewed understanding of angels, one steeped in the Catholic intellectual tradition. He will conclude with some connections to the Catholic Church's mandate on theological renewal following the Second Vatican Council, arguing that O'Donoghue offers the kind of fresh re-examination of traditional doctrine called for by John Paul II as part of the Church's ongoing dialogue with culture.

The presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Vaughan's talk is part of a faculty colloquium series now in its ninth year. The series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica's School of Arts and Letters.