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Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University

Archbishop Di Noia Preaches on Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P.Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, traveled from the Vatican to be the principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass in honor of Catholic University's patron St. Thomas Aquinas on Jan. 27, 2011, in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Read the full text of Archbishop Di Noia's homily.)

Archbishop Di Noia, is an American Dominican theologian who was ordained to the episcopacy on July 11, 2009, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Previously, he was the under-secretary at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, serving under Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI. Before that, he was the director of the Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, and executive director of the secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Archbishop Di Noia earned a doctorate in theology from Yale University in 1980 and a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Faculty at the Dominican House of Studies in 1971. He was awarded the degree of Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) by the Dominican Order in 1998. Archbishop Di Noia is the author of "The Diversity of Religions: A Christian Perspective" (The Catholic University of America Press, 1992) and the co-author of "The Love That Never Ends: A Key to the Catechism of the Catholic Church" (Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1996). He taught systematic theology at the Dominican House of Studies for 20 years and was an adjunct professor at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies.

Related Links

 > June 2, 2010, lecture: "Facing the Challenges to Faith in Christ Today: The Dominican Way"

> Catholic News Service report on Archbishop Di Noia's episcopal ordination

> "What Kind of King Is This?" – A homily by Archbishop Di Noia on the Solemnity of Christ the King

> University Libraries research guide to resources related to inaugural year programs and speakers