Father Andrew Cozzens successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, titled “ Imago Vivens Jesu Christi Sponsi Ecclesiae: The Priest as a Living Image of Jesus Christ the Bridegroom of the Church Through the Evangelical Counsels,” Jan. 15. He was then granted a doctorate in sacred theology by the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
His 380-page dissertation explored the reasons for the diocesan priest to live obedience, celibacy and poverty based on the fact that the priest is called to imitate the spousal love of Christ for his church. He hopes to have the dissertation published as a book next year.
Father Cozzens also gave a major address at the Institute for Priestly Formation’s (IPF) annual symposium on the spirituality and identity of the diocesan priest. The symposium, which explored the priest as spiritual physician, was held at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas. Cozzens’ address was titled “The Priest as an Instrument of the Divine Physician: Healing Through Self-Emptying Love.” St Thomas Bulletin Today