June 23-25, 2022 | Northfield, Massachusetts


Co-sponsored with Thomas Aquinas College - New England

The prophet Jeremiah warns, “Cursed is the man who has hope in man, and makes strong the flesh of his arm, and whose heart departs from the Lord” (Jer. 17:4). As such, the Apostle says, "He has chosen us out, in Christ, before the foundation of the world, to be saints, to be blameless in his sight, for love of him; marking us out beforehand (so his will decreed) to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ. Thus he would manifest the splendor of that grace by which he has taken us into his favor in the person of his beloved Son" (Eph. 1: 4 - 6).


How is human action the fruit of divine causality? How do different forms of grace impact the soul? St. Peter tells us that “God has bestowed on us high and treasured promises; you are to share the divine nature” (2 Pet 1:4). What does it mean for grace to elevate humanity to partake in the very nature of God?  


This conference seeks to explore any and all facets of the theology of grace including (but not limited to) the essence and divisions of grace, the Christological dimension of grace, the historical debates surrounding grace and salvation, sacramental grace, grace and moral action, grace and the spiritual life, and the ultimate ordering of man to sanctification, deification, and glory.  

Additional Papers Requested

Please submit an approximately 300 word abstract by January 1, 2022. 

Priority consideration will be given for proposals received by December 15, 2021.

Accepted presenters should expect 20 minutes each to read their papers, followed by discussion. 

Hosted by Thomas Aquinas College - New England
Keynote Speakers
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Steven A. Long

Professor of Theology

Ave Maria University ~ Ave Maria, FL

Dr. Steven A. Long is full professor of theology at Ave Maria University and ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Starting in 2022, he will also begin his term as president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. Dr. Long is author of the following books: Analogia Entis: On the Analogy of Being, Metaphysics, and the Act of FaithNatura Pura: On the Recovery of Nature in the Doctrine of Grace; and The Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act. He also co-edited Reason and the Rule of Faith: Conversations in the Tradition with John Paul II with Christopher J. Thompson. He has published scholarly articles in The ThomistNova et Vetera, CommunioNew BlackfriarsRevue thomisteStudies in Christian EthicsNational Catholic Bioethics QuarterlyInternational Philosophic Quarterly, and First Things, as well as in numerous book-length collections of essays. Dr. Long also serves as a senior advisor to The Sacra Doctrina Project.

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Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.


Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) ~ Rome, Italy

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. is rector and professor of theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and has served as Director of the Thomistic Institute in Rome at the Angelicum and in Washington, D.C. at the Dominican House of Studies. Fr. White is co-editor of book series and academic journals, as well as an ordinary member and council member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has presented extensively and has published scholarly articles in The ThomistPro EcclesiaNova et VeteraInternational Journal of Systematic Theology, and American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. He has also co-edited and written numerous books, including Wisdom in the Face of ModernityThe Light of ChristExodus: A Theological CommentaryThe Incarnate Lord, and, forthcoming, The Trinity: On the Nature and Mystery of the One God (March 2022). Fr. White is a solemnly professed priest-friar in the Order of Preachers and serves as a senior advisor to The Sacra Doctrina Project.

Plenary Speakers

daria spezzano

Associate Professor of Theology

Providence College ~ Providence, RI

Dr. Daria Spezzano is associate professor of theology at Providence College. She holds a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's degree in liturgical studies from the Liturgical Institute. She has published scholarly articles in Nova et VeteraCistercian Studies, and Journal of Moral Theology, as well as chapters in edited volumes such as: Aquinas on Initiation and MystagogyReading Job with St. Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas, Biblical Theologian; and Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology. Dr. Spezzano is the author of The Glory of God's Grace: Deification according to St. Thomas Aquinas, published by Sapientia Press in 2015.

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patrick m. gardner

Tutor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Thomas Aquinas College ~ Northfield, MA

Dr. Patrick M. Gardner serves as a tutor and as the assistant dean for student affairs at the New England campus of Thomas Aquinas College. Dr. Gardner received his Ph.D. and M.M.S. from the University of Notre Dame's Medieval Institute, studying under Ralph McInerny, after completing his B.A. at Harvard University. He was the recipient of the Jefferson Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas in 2010. Dr. Gardner has published in The Thomist and in the edited volume, Reviewing Dante's Theology, and has lectured and written on Dante, Aquinas, and Plato.

Conference Details


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Thomas Aquinas College - New England

231 Main St.

Northfield, MA 01360 

N.B.: The 2022 conference will be held exclusively in person. 

Bradley International Airport

Schoephoester Rd

Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Boston Logan International Airport

Boston, MA 02128

Multiple shuttles will transport guests to and from the airport at fixed rates. Schedule forthcoming. 

Conference guests will be able to stay in on-campus dormitories at a discount price. Each guest will have a one- person room with a shared bathroom. Prices forthcoming. 

Centennial House Bed and Breakfast

94 Main St.

Northfield, MA 01360

(1.4 miles from campus) 

The Inn at Crumpin Fox

71 Northfield Rd.

Bernardston, MA 01337

(6.6 miles from campus) 

Shuttle service will not be provided to off-campus accommodations.

The conference will offer a meal option that will include buffet-style meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, one plated dinner and two cocktail hours shall be included. 

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