Analyzing Catholic Philosophy
2015 Annual ACPA Meeting
(8 October-October 11)

June Mailing: Secretary's Letter

June 17, 2015


Dear ACPA members,                                                                                                                        

Enclosed you will find a dues notice for the upcoming year, along with the President-Elect’s “Letter and Call for Papers” for the 2016 Annual Meeting (to be held in San Francisco and hosted by University of San Francisco).  Please pay your dues on time, since the timely payment of your dues will eliminate the need for reminder notices and thereby help to reduce the ACPA’s overall costs.

Herewith I am also sending you a memo containing a number of announcements and reminders.

Be Sure to Update Your Membership Information on the Dues Renewal Notice

All members are reminded to update any membership information (including mailing address, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, etc.) that may have changed over the past year or two.  Simply write the updated information on your dues renewal notice, and send the dues renewal notice to the Philosophy Documentation Center along with your membership dues.  This is an important matter, and we ask that you attend to it: when addresses are not updated in the ACPA database, the ACPA ends up having to pay the resulting costs associated with returned mail.  Life members are also asked to update their membership information in the same manner, even though they do not pay dues.

2014 Proceedings

The Proceedings from the ACPA’s 2014 annual meeting (hosted by Catholic University of America) are in production and will be mailed out to members in the fall. 

2015 ACPA Meeting hosted by Boston College, Boston, October 8-11, 2015:

“Analyzing Catholic Philosophy”

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the ACPA will take place October 8-11 in Boston.  As usual, the complete conference program, along with registration materials for the 2015 Annual Meeting, will be sent out to members in the fall.  The plenary speakers for the 2015 Annual Meeting are:

Jorge L.A. Garcia, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

Brian Leftow, Nolloth Professor of Philosophy of the Christian Religion, Oriel College, University of Oxford.

Alexander R. Pruss, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University.

Thomas D. Sullivan, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus (and former Aquinas Chair), University of St. Thomas, Minnesota.

At the 2015 Meeting, the Association’s Aquinas Medal will be presented to Remy Brague,  Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Religious Philosophy at the University of Sorbonne, and Romano Guardini, Chair of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Several satellite and group sessions are also being organized.

Commentators, Chairs, and Satellite Sessions at the Meeting in Boston

If you would like to be on the program of the 2015 Annual Meeting (either as a commentator or as a chair), please send your name and contact information (including phone number, FAX number, e-mail address, and regular mailing address) to:  Be sure to do so by July 15, 2015.  If you are interested  in serving as a commentator, be sure to indicate your area(s) of interest and/or expertise.  Also, satellite session organizers are reminded that final information regarding

planned satellite sessions (e.g., session title, names of session chair and speakers, etc.) should be received at the National Office no later than July 15, 2015.

Election Results

The complete results of this year’s ACPA election (concluded April 1, 2015) are as follows:


                        Thomas Hibbs (Baylor University)

Executive Council Members:

Kevin White (Catholic University of America)

                        Eileen Sweeney (Boston College)

                        Catherine Jack Deavel  (University of St Thomas – Minnesota)

                        Mark Gossiaux  (Loyola University New Orleans)

                        Michael O’Neill  (Providence College)

On behalf of the Association, the Secretary would like to congratulate our newly-elected Council members, and to thank all who were willing to stand for election.

 2016 ACPA Meeting in San Francisco (hosted by University of San Francisco):

 “Justice: Then and Now”

The theme of the 2016 conference (to be held in the fall of 2016, and to be hosted by University of San Francisco) will be “Justice: Then and Now.”  For further details about the meeting, please see the enclosed “Letter and Call for Papers” from the President-elect Kevin Flannery S.J.

Hosts for 2017 and 2018

We are looking for volunteers to host the 2017 and 2018 meetings.  If you are interested, please contact me at


If you know of a member who has died during these past two years, then please send relevant details to me or to Pam Swope at the Philosophy Documentation Center.

Respectfully submitted,


Mirela Oliva

ACPA Secretary