Monastic Theological Studies Program 2012: The Second Week!

Wow! It\’s been quite a week–a very intense week of moral theology with Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP!

Fr. Nicanor, from the province of St. Joseph (also known as the Eastern Province), began with a beautiful discussion of eternal beatitude and moved from there into the basics of moral theology based on the teachings of our brother St. Thomas Aquinas ending with a stimulating discussion on law and grace.

Father teaches the old fashioned way–with a blackboard!
What do you have to say, sisters?? 
Father\’s lectures were extremely good and very thought provoking…
 …but he also took time to speak with the students during the breaks! Above, Sr. Mary Thomas and Sr. Mary Gabriel (both Lufkin)  discuss an ethical question with Father while Sr. Maria Teresa (Summit) and Sr. Mary Dominic (Lufkin) share a joke.
 Father Nicanor with the class–still smiling at the end of it all!
We also want to give a hearty Thanks!! to Sr. Mary Jeremiah (Lufkin) who not only coordinated all the classes, but also acted as tutor for our papers on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, which we presented in the afternoons this week. The pictures of these were almost identical to our psalm presentations, so if you look back at those you\’ll get an idea of what went during our seminar sessions this week! Sr. Mary Jeremiah was also responsible for recording all the classes and duplicating them for the students so they will be able to listen and continue to learn over the next year. 
Our students and Fr. Nicanor will be leaving tomorrow. We look forward to seeing the sister-students next year and definitely hope that Fr. Nicanor will be able to visit Lufkin again someday!

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