Dominican Father Thomas Joseph White says he is “humbled by the decision” to be appointed rector of the prestigious Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and at the same time hopes to bring positive elements of the American ethos to the university.
In June 13 email comments to the Register, Father White recalls his past experiences including as director of the Thomistic Institute at the Rome university, how these experiences will help him in his new role, and how he intends to lead the institution commonly known as the Angelicum in this challenging time for the Church.
A convert son of a Jewish father and Presbyterian mother, Father White, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, also explains his journey to the faith, and answers the all-important question of whether he will be able to continue the popular bluegrass band he founded with brother Dominicans, the Hillbilly Thomists.
Appointed June 10 by Dominican Father Gerard Timoner, the Master of the Order of Preachers, Father White will begin work as rector of the Angelicum, whose famous alumni includes Pope St. John Paul II, on Sept. 14.
Read the interview at the National Catholic Register.