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What led you to pursue a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the PFIC? What projects are you working on now? Are there any new books in the pipeline? My previous formation had included an emphasis on the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas, which I’d enjoyed and wanted to continue. One “project” is my role as director of formation for the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, a group of young men and women who give a year or more to serve the poor in major cities of the northeast. Working with them has been an immense blessing in my life. This summer, when I’m not working with the Missionaries, I hope to finish a book based on the Marian wisdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe. It’s called Consoling the Heart of Mary: Basic Training for Mary’s Marines. My goal in writing it is to help people live their consecration to Jesus through Mary more deeply. Marian Press hopes to release it this fall. What impact has your PFIC education had on your work as a writer, retreat leader, and preacher of the Divine Mercy message? The biggest impact came from working on my licentiate thesis, which treated the Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church. Truth be told, some fellow students and even a professor or two had raised their eyebrows at the idea that Thérèse was made a doctor of the Church and questioned the wisdom of her being granted such an honor. At the same time, I knew that other professors and students, as well as great Dominicans such as Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, saw the Little Way as a substantial contribution to spiritual theology. This apparent tension led me to dig deeper, to enter into lively discussion and debate, and to come to my own appreciation of Thérèse’s genius, an appreciation that serves as a basis of the Divine Mercy spirituality and mission that I strive to live and share with others. Does the thought of St. Thomas continue to play a role in your preaching and mission? It does. What I most appreciate about the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas is how he synthesizes the insights of others and creates a beautiful “big picture” that people can easily understand. I think that summarizes what I try to do in my own work. THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR SPRING GALA A SUCCESS! A young supporter places a bid during our live auction at the Dominican House of Studies. Photo by Matthew Barrick Faith & Reason - Volume IV, Issue II 7