Catholic and Dominican Institute

Dominicans in the New World

March 08, 2017 7:00 PM
Kaplan Family Library DC 218

On Wednesday, March 8, Fr. David Orique, OP will present "Dominicans in the New World" at 7 pm.

Faculty are also invited to a special luncheon with Fr. Orique earlier in the day. Please email for more information.

This event is co-sponsored by CDI and the Hispanic Studies Program.

This is a FYE College Connection event.

Father David Orique, OP

Rev. David Thomas Orique, OP is Assistant Professor of Colonial and Modern Latin American as well as Iberian Atlantic World History and the Director of the Latin American Studies at Providence College. In addition to having lived, traveled, and conducted research in Spain and Portugal, as well as other European countries, he has worked in sixteen Latin American nations for investigative and missionary purposes.

In 1986, Fr. David graduated from California State University Fresno with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish, and then worked for 12 years in the business world before entering the Dominican Order in 1992. Subsequently, at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, he earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology with special emphasis in Luso-Hispanic historical, theological, and juridical issues. After ordination to the priesthood in June 2001, he served the academic pastoral needs of St. Thomas More Newman Center at the University of Oregon as well as the spiritual needs of the rapidly growing Latino community of the Archdiocese of Oregon, and other locations. In 2007, he completed a Masters in History at the University of Oregon and a PhD in 2011, both which focused on the life, labor and legacy of Bartolomé de Las Casas.

Fr. David’s writings and publications include, among others: “To Heaven or Hell: An Introduction to the Soteriology of Bartolomé de Las Casas” (2016); “Justice and the Church in Latin America in the Era of a Jesuit Pope” (2015); “A Comparison of Bartolomé de Las Casas and Fernão Oliveira: Just War and Slavery,” (2014); “Journey to the Headwaters: Bartolomé de Las Casas in a Comparative Context” (2009). He also has a manuscript on review with Penn State, “To Heaven or to Hell: Bartolomé de Las Casas’s Confessionary Roadmap to Justice and the Afterlife”; and, is completing another, “The Unheard Voice of Law from the Often-heard Text: A New Rendition of Bartolomé de Las Casas’s Brevísima relación de la destruición de las Indias”; and, is an editor for the Oxford Handbook of Latin American Christianity.

For today’s talk, Fr. David will draw from his academic research, published writings, and firsthand travel experience to speak about the complexities of and complementarities of the formation of what we call America.

Fr. David Orique