Robert White defends his doctoral thesis at the Pontifical Gregorian University


Riekie Van Velzen, Robert White and Donna Orsuto

On Thursday, 10 November, our good friend, alumnus  and co-worker Robert White had his doctoral defense in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. With a thesis entitled, “Gregory the Great and the Councils of the Church: Shaping of the Tradition”, Robert successfully concluded his research after years of hard work. He has dedicated the last decade to studying, teaching and serving the Church in many different positions as a Theologian, professor and through his love to History and Arts.

In his thesis, Robert reflects on the papacy and on Pope Gregory the Great‘s legacy to the Church through the lens of remarkable theologians of our times, including Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI).

Many of Robert’s friends, his mother, JoAnn White, and several Lay Centre residents attended the defense. Guests included Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church, with whom Robert collaborated in recent years.


The Lay Centre hosted a festive reception after the defense, recalling with gratitude also the years in which Robert lived here as a student and worked as assistant Assistant Director.

Congratulations, Robert!

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