An intensive five day course that explores a key treatise or text of Thomas Aquinas. Students attend the sessions of the Aquinas Studium, which gathers Aquinas experts for a week of reading, critical exegesis and conversation, and a daily seminar with the course instructor. Attendance at all sessions is required, and no exceptions are possible.
In the Middle Ages, there were three instances of a studium: the personal studium (which gathered students of one Master), the particular studium (which gathered students from a local area under more than one Master), and the studium generale (which gathered students from many regions, had multiple faculties including the higher faculties like theology). In all cases, the word studium was intended to designate a community of learning. The Aquinas Studium seeks to be a community of learning that brings together scholars, advanced research students, and students preparing for professional ministry in the Church. All those who attend the Studium have gathered together to learn.
The format is simple. In addition to times of prayer and meals, the day consists of three kinds of learning activities: lectio, quaestio, and conversatio.
Lectio is a time of close reading of the text together, to try to understand together what Aquinas means. Quaestio, led by one of the scholars in attendance, is a presentation of a problem for understanding for which the scholar does not have an answer. Conversatio is a time where the community tries to answer the quaestio together.
The scholars attending the Studium take the lead in these three times of shared inquiry, but students are most welcome to offer their contributions. In the afternoon, there is a student seminar, led by the students themselves, which is focussed on answering student questions for understanding.
Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.
Members of the public interested in theological education are invited to attend an open house in October and March each year.