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Monsignor John F. Wippel Receives Aquinas Medal

The Rev. Msgr. John F. Wippel, professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America, was awarded the prestigious Aquinas Medal by the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Minneapolis, Minn., at the group’s annual conference, Nov. 6-7.

The international award honors a philosopher who has exhibited "outstanding teaching, personal publications of permanent and scholarly value and influence upon American philosophical thought." According to the ACPA’s guidelines, the medal is only bestowed in years when a worthy candidate can be found.

Monsignor Wippel has written and edited several works of philosophy including "Metaphysical Themes in Thomas Aquinas" and "The Metaphysical Thought of Godfrey of Fontaines," as well as numerous papers published in journals of philosophy and articles for the New Catholic Encyclopedia.

In addition to several scholarships and fellowships, he received the Belgian Catholic University of Louvain’s Maître-Agrégé award - one of only three Americans to receive the award since World War II - and that university’s Cardinal Mercier Prize for best book on a metaphysical theme.

In receiving the Aquinas Medal, Monsignor Wippel joins previous medal recipients Jacques Maritain (1951), Etienne Gilson (1952), Charles De Koninck (1964), Joseph Owens (1972), Mortimer J. Adler (1976) and Karol Wojtyla (1979).

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