Reginald of Piperno
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Reginald was born at Piperno about 1230. Since 1927 this town of the Lazio region in central Italy is Priverno. He entered the Dominican Order at Naples. St. Thomas Aquinas chose him as his socius and confessor at Rome about 1265. From that time Reginald was the constant and intimate companion of the saint.
By November 1268 Aquinas had completed his tenure at the Santa Sabina studium provinciale, the forerunner of the studium generale at Santa Maria sopra Minerva which would be transformed in the 16th century into the College of Saint Thomas (Latin: Collegium Divi Thomæ), and then in the 20th century into the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum. Reginald was with Aquinas and Nicholas Brunacci [1240-1322], Aquinas' student from Santa Sabina as they left Viterbo on their way to Paris to begin the academic year.
Thomas dedicated several of his works to Reginald.
In 1272 Reginald began to teach with Thomas at Naples. He attended at Thomas' death-bed, received his general confession, and pronounced the funeral oration in 1274. He returned to Naples, and probably succeeded to the chair of his master. He died about 1290.
Reginald's testimony is continually cited in the process of Thomas' canonization.
Reginald collected all the works of St. Thomas. Four of the Opuscula ('small works') are reports he made of lectures delivered by the Saint, either taken down during the lecture or afterwards written out from memory. These are: Postilla super Joannem (corrected by St. Thomas), Postillae super Epistolas S. Pauli, Postilla super Tres Nocturnos Psalterii and Lectura super Primum de Anima.
Reginald is also considered by some as the compiler of the Supplement to the Summa Theologiae. This supplement was meant to afford completion to the unfinished Summa Theologiae, and it was composed out of book IV of Aquinas's Commentary to the Sentences.
The funeral discourse published at Bologna in 1529 under the name of Reginald is the work of the Italian humanist Joannes Antonius Flaminius.
- Spiazzi, Raimondo (1995-01-01). San Tommaso d'Aquino: biografia documentata di un uomo buono, intelligente, veramente grande (in Italian). Edizioni Studio Domenicano. ISBN 9788870941890.
- http://aquinatis.blogspot.com/2008/05/vida-de-santo-toms-de-aquino.html Accessed June 22, 2011: "A mediados de noviembre abandonó Santo Tomás la ciudad de Viterbo en compañía de fray Reginaldo de Piperno y su discípulo fray Nicolás Brunacci." http://www.brunacci.it/s--tommaso.html Accessed June 22, 2011