Thomas Franklin O'Meara, O.P., grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and Madison, Wisconsin, and is a priest of the Dominican Order. He did his doctoral studies at the University of Munich with Heinrich Fries and Karl Rahner.
He taught at Aquinas Institute (Dubuque, Iowa; now St. Louis, Mo) from 1966 to 1979. He taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1981 to 2002 and was the William K. Warren Professor of Theology there. He now serves as Professor Emeritus at Notre Dame.
A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, he continues to teach part-time at Notre Dame, Loyola University (Chicago), and the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago). He has been a visiting professor at Wartburg Lutheran Seminary , St. Joseph's Theological Institute (Cedara, South Africa), the University of San Diego, and Boston College.
Among his fifteen books are: Theology of Ministry; Thomas Aquinas, Theologian; an introduction to Karl Rahner, God in the World. And just published in 2012, Vast Universe: Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation.
Fr. O' Meara will speak on Friday afternoon after the introductions beginning at 3:00 PM., in the Harper Ballroom. Fr. O'Meara's emphasis will be on The Importance of Vatican II for Catholic Universities: Why Explore These Roots of Catholic Identity? Following Fr. O'Meara's presentation there will be time for questions and discussion and then a reception honoring those who are with us who participated in Vatican II in some capacity.