Saturday, April 13, 2024

Front Royal, Virginia

The Christendom College Graduate School of Theology was pleased host its first academic symposium on the Most Blessed Trinity. This event brought together scholars and professionals to present the Trinity as the foundational mystery of Christian life.


The Most Blessed Trinity
Raymond Cardinal Burke
The Trinity and the Act of Creation
Fr. Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. , Cap.
The Mystery of the Blessed Trinity and Mary
Fr. Emery De Gaál
Trinity Project Story and Overview
Mr. Bob Conroy & Dr. Stephen Hipp
Trinity: Its Profound Ongoing Value
Dr. Phil Rolnick


Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke


A native of Wisconsin, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke received his priestly and academic formation from Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, WI, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he was ordained a priest by Pope Saint Paul VI in 1975.  After priestly ordination, he received his Licentiate and Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University.  Ordained a bishop in 1995 by Pope Saint John Paul II, he served for almost nine years as Bishop of La Crosse, where he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a prevailing expression and instrument of spiritual devotion across the United States.  In 2003, he was named Archbishop of St. Louis, where he served for over four years before being appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.  Since then, he served as a member of several dicasteries of the Roman Curia, including the Congregations for the Clergy, for Bishops, for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and the Causes of Saints.  He was made a Cardinal in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.  In addition to being a prominent defender of Church doctrine, Cardinal Burke is well-known for his deep love for and courageous promotion of the Church’s perennial tradition.  His Eminence has written and spoken widely on Roman Catholic canon law, the Holy Eucharist, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the sanctity of human life.

Bob Conroy


Robert (Bob) Conroy lives in St Paul, Minnesota and is a member of St Louis King of France Parish. He and his wife Dana are blessed with seven children and eight grandchildren (number eight is on the way).  Bob is owner of Communication Links, Managing Director of The Kletschka Foundation and serves on the board of Achieving Cures Together. After more than forty years as an executive and entrepreneur in graphic arts execution, marketing and communications, he recognizes his identity in Christ, complete reliance on grace and fidelity to the Church as his one true mission and guiding light. Bob prays for grace to always serve God by living disposed to humbly seek, recognize and pursue Goodness, Truth and Beauty. 

Fr. Emery de Gaál


Fr. Emery de Gaál was born in Chicago and raised in Györ, Hungary and Munich, Germany.  He is a Catholic priest of the diocese of Eichstätt, Germany.  Fr. de Gaál studied Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant theology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and earned a Ph.D. in Dogmatic Theology from Duquesne University.  He serves as Chair and Professor of Catholic dogmatic theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.  Fr. de Gaál  has directed over 25 doctoral theses and is published in six languages.  Among others, he is the author of The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI – The Christocentric Shift (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Lord, I seek Your Countenance, Explorations and Discoveries in Pope Benedict XVI’s Theology (Emmaus Academic, 2018).  His areas of concentration are Medieval thought and Ressourcement theology (with particular attention to Anselm), Ratzinger studies, and Mariology.  He is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and the Pontificia Academia Marianum Internationalis.

Stephen A. Hipp


Stephen A. Hipp, STD, is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Christendom College’s Graduate School.  A native of the Midwest, he earned his MA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and his Licentiate and Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).  Hipp has held academic and seminary positions at Mount St. Mary’s University, MD, the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and he served as theological advisor to the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD.  He is the author of The One Church of Christ: Understanding Vatican II, The Doctrine of Personal Subsistence, and “Person” In the Christian Tradition and In the Conception of St. Albert the Great.  He is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

Philip Rolnick


Philip Rolnick (PhD, Duke) is Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), Adjunct at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, and Director of the Science and Theology Network (STN).  He is a Member of Notre Dame’s Seminar on Human Distinctiveness, Princeton’s Center of Theological Inquiry, the Polanyi Society, and the Academy of Catholic Theology.  His books include: Analogical Possibilities: How Words Refer to God (Scholars Press and Oxford University Press, 1993); Person, Grace, and God (Eerdmans, 2007); and Origins: God, Evolution, and the Question of the Cosmos (Baylor, 2015).  His most recent book, The Long Battle for the Human Soul (Baylor, 2021), is the first of three volumes of a trilogy, A Post-Christendom Faith. The forthcoming volumes are entitled Tradition Awakening and Theology in the Wilderness.  Rolnick has also published articles and book chapters on Trinity, analogy, personhood, creation, and C. S. Lewis.  Some of his work has been translated into German, Russian, and Croatian.

Fr. Thomas Weinandy


Fr. Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M., Cap. is a Capuchin Franciscan and was ordained in 1972.  In 1975 he obtained a Doctorate in Historical Theology from King’s College, University of London. Fr. Weinandy has taught theology at several Colleges and Universities both in the United States and Europe.  He was the Warden of Greyfriars Hall, Oxford as well as tutor and lecturer in History and Doctrine at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2004.  He most recently taught at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC and the Gregorianum in Rome. In addition to publishing numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, Fr. Weinandy has written or edited twenty books, including, Does God Change? The Word’s Becoming in the Incarnation; In the Likeness of Sinful Flesh: An Essay on the Humanity of Christ; The Father’s Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity; Does God Suffer?; five volumes of theological Gospel commentary titled, Jesus becoming Jesus; and most recently, The Trinity: Eternity and Time. He is presently working on a two-volume theological interpretation of the Acts of the Apostles. He is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and the Academy of Catholic Theology. He was the Executive Director for the Secretariat for Doctrine at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC, from 1995 to 2014 and is a former member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s International Theological Commission.  Pope Francis conferred upon him the Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice Award in 2012.

About Christendom College’s Graduate School of Theology

The Christendom Graduate School offers masters-level courses with a comprehensive grasp of the Catholic faith, preparing students for advanced graduate studies and for various ministries in the Catholic Church. Its flexible and accommodating studies allows students of all ages and from all over the world to attend either part-time or full-time, year-round, summers-only, or winters-only, and also to study at a distance through our online courses.

Committed to educating in accord with the Vicar of Christ, the Christendom Graduate School enjoys the full support of the Holy See. In light of this special relationship, the Holy See has authorized Christendom to grant the Apostolic Catechetical Diploma, the highest ecclesial award in catechetics.

“…I have followed the life of Christendom College for many years.  I’m very well acquainted with the writings of Dr. Warren Carroll, and I have also long admired the work of Dr. O’Donnell, and am a faithful reader of the newsletter of the College. I have known a number of the alumni, and of course, I always think that the ultimate test of the excellence of a Catholic college is the quality of faith in Christ and in His Church of the alumni, and Christendom certainly stands out in that regard.”

Cardinal Raymond Burke

The Trinity Symposium is sponsored in large part by the Kletschka Foundation.

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Graduate School of Theology

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