Rev. Reginald Lynch, O.P.

Rev. Reginald Lynch, O.P.

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology and Historical Theology

B.A., St. Lawrence University
MDiv./S.T.B., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
S.T.L., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

About Rev. Reginald Lynch, O.P.


Born in New Hampshire, Father Reginald Lynch, O.P. entered the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 2007, and was ordained a priest in 2013.  After ordination, he served at St. Patrick Parish in Columbus, Ohio and taught at the Pontifical College Josephinum, before going on to complete a PhD in theology at the University of Notre Dame, with a major concentration in medieval theology and minor concentrations in patristics and philosophical theology.  He has written on a variety of topics in sacramental, systematic and historical theology in journals like The Thomist and Nova et Vetera.  His book, The Cleansing of the Heart: The Sacraments as Instrumental Causes in the Thomistic Tradition (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017) received the Charles Cardinal Journet Prize in 2018.  Currently, He is working on a book on the reception of Aquinas’ Eucharistic theology in the early modern period.

Select Publications

Invited essay: “18th Century Catholic Reception of Aquinas: Scholastic Synthesis in the Age of Enlightenment,” for The Oxford Handbook of the Reception of Aquinas, Matthew Levering and Marcus Plested, eds. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Invited essay: “Cajetan on Christ’s Priestly Sacrifice: Ressourcement Thomism in the Sixteenth Century,” in Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology, Roger Nutt, Michael Dauphinais and Andrew Hofer, eds. (Naples: Ave Maria Press, Forthcoming).

Invited essay: “Divine Causality and Human Freedom: Aquinas, Bañez and premotion after Descartes,” in Beyond Dordt and De Auxiliis: The Dynamics of Protestant and Catholic Soteriology in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, vol. 192, Jordan J. Ballor, Matthew T. Gaetano and David S. Sytsma, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2019).

Book: The Cleansing of the Heart: The Sacraments as Instrumental Causes in the Thomistic Tradition(Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017)

Select reviews: Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal 22, no. 3 (2018): 299-302 (T. M. Kocik); The Journal of Theological Studies 70, Iss. 2 (October, 2019): 936-38 (Therese Scarpelli Cory); New Black Friars 101 Iss. 1093 (May, 2020): 343-45 (D. Ryan, OP); First Things, August/September (2018): 63 (T. Sundaram)

Article: “Cajetan’s Harp: Sacraments and the Life of Grace in Light of Perfective Instrumentality,” The Thomist78 n. 1 (January, 2014): 65-106.