P.O. Box 2316
West Lafayette, IN 47996-2316
The Aquinas Educational Foundation was established in 1967 as a non-profit foundation governed by a board of directors. The mission of the Aquinas Educational Foundation is twofold:
1) to support the Notre Dame theology courses, which provide Purdue students and others in the Purdue community and the Diocese of Lafayette with a chance to develop an intellectual and historical understanding of their faith as a complement to their secular education and
2) to promote other educational programs for the Diocese of Lafayette and members of the Purdue community that:
The Aquinas Educational Foundation educational programs include the Albertus Magnus Evenings that bring together faculty, staff, and graduate students at Purdue University as well as interested others for a lecture, dinner, and compline. Our past speakers have included Cardinal George, George Weigel, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Diana Hayes, Cyprian Davis and Margaret Steinfels. We have also co-sponsored lectures by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Fr. Patrick Collins, Professor Robert Orsi,and Fr. Tom Norris. Professor Don Mitchell of Purdue's Department of Philosophy spoke on "Buddhist Emptiness, Christian Trinity, and the Spirituality of Unity." University of Notre Name Professor, Ann Astell, lectured on "Edith Stein and Virginia Woolf."On May 3, 2012, Anglican Canon, Andrew White of Baghdad, Iraq, gave a talk on his experience in Iraq as a Christian clergyman. Brendan Purcell, Notre Dame University, Sydney Australia, gave a lecture entitled, "Human Origins in Light of Science and Religion," on September 11, 2012 in Stewart Center. On February 26, 2013, Bishop Timothy Doherty, Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, gave a lecture on "End of Life Issues: Life Sustaining Treatment Chouces," in Stewart Center, Purdue University.