Leo Elders - Personal data













Private Address


Major Seminary Rolduc

Heyendahllaan 82

EP-6464 Kerkrade



Date of Birth: August 8, 1926


Ordination: February 28, 1953



Ph.D. in Philosophy.

From 1954-1959, he studied philosophy, first at Harvard University (U.S.A.) where Werner Jaeger suggests  to work on book X of the Metaphysics of Aristotle, than at the University of Montréal (Canada) earning an M.A. and a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1959 under Vianney Décarie. It was published in 1961 under the title Aristotle's Theory of the One. A Commentary on Book X of the Metaphysics.

1952-1954: Courses in philosophy, Spanish and Italian at the University of Utrecht earning a B.A. in philosophy.

1945-1952: Courses in philosophy and theology at the houses of studies of the Societas Verbi Divini in Helvoirt and Teteringen (Netherlands) and in Sankt-Augustin (Germany).



Present positions

Lectures and conferences

He has presented papers and given courses and lectures at several universities and institutes. Among others: Fu Jen University in Taipeh (Taiwan-2002), School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C (USA), the Thomistic Institute at the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame (USA), the Universidad Católica de Argentina in Buenos Aires (Argentina, 1988, 1990); Universidad Católica de La Plata; Universidad Católica Gabriela Mistral in Santiago de Chili (Chile); Universidad Católica in Valparaiso (Chile-1991, 2009, 2011), Universidad Santo Tomás (Chile-2005, 2007, 2011, 2013), Universidad Adolfo Ibánez (Chile-2009), Universität Bamberg (Germany-1987, 1991), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Université d'Ottowa (Canada-1992), Catholic University of Lublin (Poland-1996), Universidad Catolica de Murcia (Spain-2003), Pontificia Facultat de Teología de Lima (Peru-1994), Universidad del Salvador (Argentina), participant at the Semana Tomista (Argentina-1982, 1988, 1990, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), Abbaye Sept-Fons (France-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Abbaye de Fontgombault, Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval à Flavigny (2009, 2012), Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, Florida, 2009), Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Houston (Aquinas Lecture 2009), Instituto Santo Tomás de Aquino (Barcelona, 2009).


Academic experience

University Nanzan at Nagoya (Japan). In 1966 he earned a full professorship in the chair of ancient and medieval philosophy. In 1967 he became a  member of the commission for academic nominations and of the Senate. In 1969 he was elected dean of the philosophy department and appointed rector of the Major Seminary of Nagoya (Theology Faculty of the University Nanzan). 1959-1971

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Vatican). Undersecretary at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Doctrinal Section) at the Vatican. From 1972 professor of philosophy at the Lateran University, responsible for the courses of metaphysics and history of Greek philosophy; also taught at the Angelicum. In 1973 he became assistant-secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. 1971-1976

Associate professor at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule SVD in Sankt-Augustin (Germany) 1977-1978

Visiting professor at the Center for Thomistic Studies (University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Houston) (USA) 1981-1987

Visiting professor Studium Notre-Dame-de-Vie, Venasque (France) 1993-1998


Memberships and Offices in Learned and Professional Organizations

Socio Ordinario, Pontificia Accademia San Tommaso d'Aquino, Città del Vaticano 1981-2006.

Socio Emerito, Pontificia Accademia San Tommaso d'Aquino, Città del Vaticano 2006-

Editorial Board Sapientia (Buenos Aires)

Editorial Board Intus-Legere. Anuario de Filosofia (Vina del Mar)

Editorial Board Quaestiones thomisticae (Bonn)

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