Bishop Robert Barron
Over 40 years ago, I was a freshman at Fenwick High School, right outside of Chicago. I remember it was a beautiful Spring day and I was sitting in my Religion class, when our teacher, a Dominican priest named Fr. Thomas Poulsen, OP, introduced Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways to God. That moment changed my life forever. Hearing those arguments set me on a path of discovery and mission from which I’ve never veered.
In fact, I trace my whole priesthood back to that day. It was the seed of my vocation and the spark of my intellectual pursuits.
I’ve never had the chance to reconnect with Fr. Poulsen and thank him for the way he impacted me. But [on October 22nd], I spoke at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, and who was there? Fr. Poulsen.”
After four decades, I was able to finally share the pivotal role he played in my vocation and mission. It was a very special moment.
May God bless him and all teachers and catechists who plant the seeds of faith today!