This is our third post in our series of yearly updates on the activities of the Dutch Thomist Father Leo Elders SVD (for previous posts click here and here)
A few months ago we were able to track down his earliest writings. During the early 50’s father Elders wrote a series of reports on his travels to catholic places in Europe, reports which were published in Katholieke Missiën, the missionary magazine of his Congregation. These pictures are taken from this magazine and most likely are the first public images of Father Elders.
In the Fall of 2012 his revised introduction to Aquinas in Dutch was published; a French edition of this book will be published shortly.
In the same Fall of 2012 Father Elders blessed the restored statue of St. Thomas Aquinas in the library of the Major Seminary of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam.
Un aperçu de la métaphysique selon la doctrine de saint Thomas d’Aquin, in: Sapienza e libertà: studi in onore del prof. Lluís Clavell, a cura di Miguel Pérez de Laborda, Rome: Edusc, 2012, 115-146.
The Primacy of Reason According to Aquinas in: Logos et Musica. In Honorem Summi Romani Pontificis Benedicti VI, Szczurko, Elzbieta; Guz, Tadeusz; Seidl, Horst (Hrsg./eds.), Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2012, 87-115 (Ars Musica. Interdisziplinäre Studien 3).
In October 2012 he gave a lecture in Torun, Poland on ‘Aristotle in the Summa Theologiae’ and in March 2013 in Metz, France entitled ‘La sagesse dans l’oeuvre de Thomas d’Aquin’.
In June 2013 he attended the annual meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas at the Vatican and gave a series of conference on Truth in Aquinas for the Sita in Rome.
In September 2013 he went to Chile and Argentina. At the Universidad Santo Tomas he gave a series of conferences entitled ‘Santo Tomás de Aquino y los grandes filosofos’ and at the Semana Tomista in Argentina a paper on Aquinas and the gnosis.
He will give a paper on Gaudium et Spes at the yearly theological conference at the University of Navarra, Pamplona in October and also prepared a contribution on Inspiration in Aquinas for a Festschrift of a friend at the university there.
Finally and most recently, his important article on Thomas’s commentary on Aristotle’s Physics was published in the renowned journal ‘Review of Metaphysics’: St. Thomas Aquinas’s commentary of Aristotle’s Physics in: The Review of Metaphysics 66 (June 2013) 713-748