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Mount students discuss education, religion with international scholar

October 24, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Mount Saint Mary College’s Dominican Scholars of Hope recently enjoyed meeting with Fr. Alejandro Crosthwaite, OP (center) of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, located in Rome.

Mount Saint Mary College’s Dominican Scholars of Hope recently enjoyed meeting with Fr. Alejandro Crosthwaite, OP (center) of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, located in Rome.

 

The Dominican Scholars of Hope, a highly motivated group of students from Mount Saint Mary College, recently enjoyed an informative dinner on campus with Fr. Alejandro Crosthwaite, OP, of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (also known as the Angelicum) in Rome. 

Fr. Crosthwaite is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences; professor (Professore Straordinario) of Catholic Social Teaching, Political Ethics, and Faith/Religion, and Culture, Mass Media, and Film Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FASS) at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas; and assistant professor in the ISSR Mater Ecclesiae. 

The Dominican Scholars of Hope are a living and learning community for dedicated Mount students. Rooted in the values of the Judeo-Christian and Dominican heritage of the Mount, the group is inspired by the four pillars of Dominican life: study, spirituality, community, and service.

The program is spearheaded by Charles Zola, associate professor of Philosophy, director of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute, and Assistant to the President for Mission Integration.

The Mount scholars asked what attracted Fr. Crosthwaite to the Dominican Order, discussed the process of becoming a Dominican friar, and learned about Fr. Crosthwaite’s work at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

“It gave the scholars a snapshot into an area of Dominican life that most of them probably have never considered before,” explained Zola. “It gave them an idea of the international character of the Dominican Order, that an American Dominican is the Dean of a faculty at the Angelicum” in Rome.

While students can interact with Dominican Sisters on the Mount campus, their exposure to Dominican Friars is limited, Zola explained. The recent dinner with Fr. Crosthwaite “let the scholars see the fullness of the Dominican Order. The common theme is the search for truth – it transcends regions.”

Fr. Crosthwaite is currently a member of the Society of Christian Ethics, The Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion, The Society for the Study of Christian Ethics (U.K.), and Societas Ethica (E.U.). 

He is the author of several lectures and articles on the social and political thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, Latin American and Latino/a social ethics, and Media Studies.