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Brother David Carroll, F.S.C. Appointed Aquinas Chair Of Catholic Studies
(Sparkill, NY – January 7, 2010) Brother David Carroll, F.S.C., Chair of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Board of Trustees, has been named the Aquinas Chair of Catholic Studies for the Spring semester 2010, announced Dr. L. John Durney, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“The purpose of the chair is to bring a scholar to campus who can teach a variety of Catholic religious studies courses, and who can inform the dialogue around world religions, and how Catholicism and Christianity intersect with other religious traditions,” said Dr. Durney.  “Brother David’s work and broad experience provide him with a wealth of insight into the world’s religions and we were pleased that the Humanities Division recommended his appointment.”

Brother David will teach two courses, Science and Religion and Catholic Traditions in a Global Context, which will be offered at the undergraduate level in the Spring 2010 semester.

He will also offer lunchtime discussions for faculty and staff that focus on the historical interrelationship among the three Abrahamic faith traditions.  Several of the issues to be discussed emerge from Karen Armstrong's “Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World.”

A public lecture entitled "The Middle East: Why is This Land Holy?" will be held on Wednesday April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Romano Student Alumni Center on campus. More details to follow.

Brother Austin David Carroll, FSC, Ph.D., a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, is the Assistant to the Secretary General of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) - a papal agency for humanitarian and pastoral support. Brother Carroll received his B.A. from Catholic University of America, his M.A.T. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from New York University.

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located in Sparkill, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The College’s 2,700 full and part time students can choose from almost 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across five divisions: Humanities; Business Administration; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences & Mathematics; and Teacher Education programs. For more information visit


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