• Peter Brown, PhD (Academic Dean, full-time) +

    Professor Peter BrownPeter received a BA from Yale University and a MA in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville. In addition to being a middle school teacher and an adjunct instructor at CDU, Peter worked with Dr. Scott Hahn gaining experience in scripture and theology. Peter has published book reviews and articles, as well as given lectures on scripture and theology. Having been awarded the Quasten Scholarship, Peter has received his doctorate in Biblical Studies at Catholic University of America, which includes advanced studies in Greek and all Biblical languages. He currently teaches several courses for CDU.

    Education:
    BA (Mathematics) Yale University, New Haven, CT
    MA (Theology), Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    PhD (Biblical Studies) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC;

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Sacred Scripture, Biblical Languages

    Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Courses Taught: Letter to the Romans; Gospel of John; Isaiah and the Prophets; Biblical Foundations; Biblical Greek I; Biblical Greek II

  • Matthew Bunson, PhD (Faculty Liaison, full-time) +

    Professor Bunson

    Dr. Matthew E. Bunson is Faculty Liaison for CDU. He is also Senior Contributor for EWTN, including work with its TV, radio, print, and publishing divisions, including the National Catholic Register where he holds the title of Senior Editor.

    Dr. Bunson is also a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and is the author or co-author of over fifty books including: The Encyclopedia of Catholic History, The Pope Encyclopedia, We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI, The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, and the Encyclopedia of Saints. He served as general editor of Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac and the editor of The Catholic Answer Magazine for Our Sunday Visitor. His book, Pope Francis (2013, Our Sunday Visitor), was the first English-language biography of the new pontiff and won the biography of the year from the Association of Catholic Publishers. His Encyclopedia of American Catholic History (2014, Our Sunday Visitor) won reference book of the year from the Catholic Press Association.

    During the 2005 and 2013 papal interregnums and conclaves, Dr. Bunson served as a special consultant to USA Today and appears as a guest on many television and radio programs, including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Catholic Answers, and Relevant Radio. Aside from his Ph.D. in Church History from the Graduate Theological Foundation, he holds a Bachelor's degree in History, two Master's degrees in Theology with specializations in Pastoral Theology and Church History, and a doctorate in Pastoral Theology.

    For CDU, Dr. Bunson has created and taught many courses and seminars. He led a three part series on the history of the Catholic Church in America, and he has also addressed The Crusades and the Inquisition and other important Church related historical topics. All of these courses and seminars have been well received. We trust that you will appreciate the valuable information that Dr. Bunson has researched for this course on Church history.

    Education:
    BA (History) Edison State College, Trenton, NJ
    MA (Pastoral Theology) St. Joseph's College, Standish, ME
    MDiv (Theology/Church History) Sydney College of Divinity, Sydney Australia
    DMin (Pastoral Theology), Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, IN
    PhD (Church History) Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, IN
    Graduate studies, Franciscan University Steubenville, OH.


    Area of Teaching Specialization: History, Church History

    Course Level: Graduate and Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Church History I, II (undergrad); Church History I, II (graduate); Western Civilization I, II; History of the Catholic Church in America; Great Controversies in Church History; Catholic Social Teaching

  • Joseph Atkinson, STD (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    Professor Joseph AtkinsonDr. Joseph Atkinson is an associate professor of Sacred Scripture at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

    Dr. Joseph C. Atkinson is considered to be a leading expert in the theology of the domestic church. He has done extensive and ground-breaking research in the Biblical and theological foundations of the family's role in salvation history. He has written and lectured extensively and teaches on the Biblical structure of the family, hermeneutics, the Jewish background of the family, and covenantal theology.

    His published articles include "Inerrancy as a Hermeneutic for Catholic Exegesis," "Family As Domestic Church: Developmental Trajectory, Legitimacy, And Problems Of Appropriation," "Nuptiality as a Paradigmatic Structure of Biblical Revelation." Primordial Biblical Triptych: The Symbolic Structure of Water in the Old Testament," and a co-authored article for Logos: "Person as Substantive Relation and Reproductive Technologies: Biblical and Philosophical Foundations." EWTN produced a 13-part series with Dr. Atkinson on the Biblical vision of marriage and family.

    In his younger years, Dr. Atkinson had the experience of living in the l'Arche communities in France. Currently, he is married and has six children.

    Education:
    BA (English) King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    BEd Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
    BTh McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
    MDiv Montreal Diocesan Theological College, Montreal, Quebec
    STL and STD, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, at The Catholic University of America, Washington DC

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Sacred Scripture

  • Christopher Baglow, PhD (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    Professor Chris BaglowDr. Baglow has been an educator for 17 years, including two years at Hannah High School (Meraux, LA) and three years at Rummel High School (Metairie, LA), where he was also Campus Minister and Retreat Director, and where he was named Teacher of the Year and Campus Minister by the Class of 1998. He has taught theology for 13 years, including three years as a Junior Professor at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana, where he also served as Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Apostolic Formation, and the Chair of the Division of Philosophy and Theological Studies. During his time there, he founded and directed the first two Abbey Youth Festivals and founded the New Evangelization Society.

    In March 2003, Dr. Baglow became the first appointee to the Sue Ellen M. Canizaro Chair in Catholic Theology at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, where he served for six years as Chair of the Department of Theology. In July 2009, Dr. Baglow began a full-time position at Notre Dame Seminary, where he now serves as Professor of Theology and Director of the Master of Arts Program in Theological Studies for lay students.

    Dr. Baglow’s first book, Modus et Forma: A New Approach to the Exegesis of Saint Thomas Aquinas, was published in the Analecta Biblica Series of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome in 2002. In addition, he has published several articles on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. His most recent book on faith and science entitled Faith, Science, Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge was published by Midwest Theological Forum in January 2010.

    Dr. Baglow currently lives in Covington, LA with his wife Christine, their daughter Margaret, and their sons John and Peter George.

    Education:
    BA (Theology) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    MA (Theology) University of Dallas, Irving, TX
    PhD (Theology) Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology
    Course Level: Graduate

  • David Bonagura, MA +

    Professor Bonagura

    David G. Bonagura, Jr. is an Adjunct Professor of Theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York. Prof. Bonagura did his graduate work in theology at St. Joseph's, and he also did graduate work in education at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. Prof. Bonagura has written numerous popular articles for various publications in print and online, including Crisis, The Catholic Thing, The University Bookman, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has written scholarly articles for Antiphon, New Blackfriars, and Nova et Vetera. He resides in Floral Park, New York, with his wife and four sons.

    Education
    BA (Classics and Philosophy) College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
    MA (Religious Studies) St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, NY
    MS (Adolescence Education) Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Sacraments: Masterworks of God

  • Brooke Boriack, MA +

    CDU Professor Brooke BoriackBrooke Boriack has a BA in History from Thomas Edison State University, and an MA in Cultural Apologetics, with an emphasis in Literary and Imaginative Apologetics, from Houston Baptist University. She is published in The Journal of Inklings Studies as well as Transpositions: Theology, Imagination, and the Arts. In addition to teaching, she serves as the National Conference Coordinator of Summit Ministries, an organization that teaches biblical worldview to college students. She currently resides in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

    Education:
    BA (History) Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
    MA (Cultural Apologetics, emphasis in Literary and Imaginative Apologetics), Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Apologetics, Literature

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Introduction to Literature for Theology

  • Steven Bozza, MA, BeD (STD) +

    CDU Prrofessor Steve BozzaSteven Bozza is Director of the Office of Life and Family for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Moral Theology at Immaculata University, Pennsylvania. He served as an editor, freelance writer and media contact for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Pro Life Activities for issues related to Artificial Reproductive Technologies.

    He has spoken and written extensively on Bioethics and marriage and sexuality.  His published articles include: Pre-Cana and Post-Abortion Trauma Psychological and Pastoral Implications and The Morality of Ovarian Transplants.

    Education
    MA (Moral Theology) St. Charles Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
    STD (Bioethics) Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Rome

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology

    Course Level: Graduate

    Courses Taught: Fundamental Moral Theology

  • Fr. Bevil Bramwell, OMI, PhD (Full-Time) +

    Fr. Bevil Bramwell

    Father Bevil Bramwell has been a professor and spiritual director in high schools, research schools, seminaries, and universities. He received his UEd and BSc from the University of Natal in South Africa; an S.T.B. from the Gregorian University in Rome; an STL from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology; and his PhD from Boston College. Father speaks English, French, Italian, and Afrikaans fluently, while being able to read and speak less fluently German, Spanish, Dutch, Latin, and Greek. Many groups including his own community, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, as well as the National Catholic Education Association have invited his presentations and lectures. His publications include an undergraduate textbook on the theology of the sacraments, book reviews, and numerous articles for technical spiritual journals as well as the pastoral periodicals: Priest; Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Fr. Bramwell has published Laity: Beautiful, Good and True: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Theology of the Laity as well as The World of the Sacraments and John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae: The Gift of Catholic Universities to the World (2017)..

    Education:
    UEd. and BSc University of Natal, South Africa
    STB Gregorian University, Rome
    STL Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA
    PhD (Systematic Theology) Boston College, Chestnut Hills, MA

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology

    Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Courses Taught: Theology of the Church; Christology; Sacraments; Phenomenology: Truth of the World

  • Carole Brown, PHD +

    Carole Brown is the Director of the Office of New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.  She is originally from South Dakota, and as a Catholic lay woman, has been involved in evangelization all her adult life.   She earned an MA in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1997.  She went on to work at Franciscan University for eight years as the Director of Evangelistic Outreach, until 2004.  After that, Carole spent a year on mission in Europe with an ecumenical lay community.  Subsequently, she moved to Ireland, where she completed a year of study in Christian Spirituality in 2006, and went on to complete a PhD in Systematic Theology in 2010. Her dissertation is entitled “Crossing the Threshold of Faith: Pope John Paul II’s Approach to the Problem of the Conversion of the Baptized.”

    Along with that, she helped to start what is thought to be the first deliberately ecumenical radio station in the world, Spirit Radio.  She served there as editor until March of 2013 when she moved back to the USA.

    Education:
    BS (Education) Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD
    MA (Theology and Christian Ministry) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    PhD (Systematic Theology) Milltown Institute, Dublin, Ireland

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Catholic Spirituality

    Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Courses Taught: Applied Spirituality; Theology of the Church

  • Julie Burkey, DMin +

    Dr. Julie V. Burkey is Director of Workplace Spirituality and Evangelization and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey.  In addition to facilitating workshops and retreats, she teaches Catholic Evangelization, New Evangelization & Catechesis, and Theology of Work, all of which are all graduate level courses Dr. Burkey created.
    Dr. Burkey has a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Catholic University of America, a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech &Communications from the University of Illinois.  Her doctorate dissertation project was the creation of a spiritual formation program in theology/spirituality of work for parishes.
    Her diverse background includes several years as a Pastoral Associate for Stewardship & Evangelization serving in the Archdiocese of Newark and over a decade as Principal of her own executive search firm specializing in making placements in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Education:
    BA (Speech & Communications) University of Illinois, Springfield, IL
    MA (Pastoral Ministry) Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ
    DMin The Catholic University of America Washington, DC

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Pastoral Ministry

    Course Level: Graduate

    Courses Taught: Principles of Ecclesial Service

  • Lori Dahlhoff, EdD +

    CDU Professor DahloggDr. Lori Dahlhoff is currently the Digital Content Manager at Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) and was formerly the Religious Education Department Executive Director for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). A respected leader in catechesis and lay ministry, Lori has over twenty years of experience as a catechetical leader in parish, Catholic school, and diocesan settings, particularly in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

    Education:
    BA (Biology) minor in music, Southwest State University, Marshall, MN
    MA (Pastoral Ministry) concentration in leadership, catechesis and liturgy, School of Theology and Seminary, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
    EdD and Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Professional catechetical leadership, catechesis, and catechetical program administration

    Course Level: Graduate

    Courses Taught: Principles of Catholic Education

  • Marcellino D'Ambrosio, PhD +

    CDU Professor D'AmbrosioDr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, also know as “Dr. Italy,” holds an MA and PhD in historical theology from Catholic University of America and is know for delivering profound Catholic truths in understandable and relevant terms.  In addition to teaching for CDU, Dr. D’Ambrosio is a professor at the International Catholic University. He has also taught pastoral theology at Ave Maria University and various theology courses at the University of Dallas and Loyola College in Baltimore.

    Dr. D’Ambrosio is the director of Crossroads and has been repeatedly called upon to serve as an expert commentator on Fox News’ “Geraldo Rivera At Large” and “The O’Reilly Factor.”  His writing has been published in numerous Catholic publications by Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service’s syndicated column "Faith Alive." His popular book, Exploring the Catholic Church, and video course by the same name have been used in hundreds of parishes. Dr. D'Ambrosio is a New York Times best-selling author for his Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions about the Passion of the Christ.

    Education:
    MA Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
    PhD (historical theology), Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology

    Course Level: Graduate

    Courses Taught: Light of Faith

  • Rev. Paul deLadurantaye, STD (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    Rev. deLadurantaye, STDRev. Paul F. deLadurantaye is the Diocesan Secretary for Religious Education and the Sacred Liturgy for the Diocese of Arlington. He holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

    Father deLadurantaye is an assistant professor of theology at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and an adjunct professor of theology at Marymount University and has written several articles for scholarly journals. He also serves as a judge for the Arlington Diocesan Tribunal, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Distance University.

    His priestly assignments have included serving as parochial vicar at Saint Bernadette’s parish in Springfield, Director of Liturgy at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and parochial administrator and pastor of Queen of Apostles parish in Alexandria. He is currently in residence at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington.

    Education:
    BA, St Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
    STB, Gregorian University, Rome
    STL and STD., Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology, Catechetics

  • Marlon de la Torre, MA +

    Professor de la TorreProfessor Marlon De La Torre has been involved in Catholic Education for the last fourteen years. Not only has he experienced being a Catholic School teacher , principal, and superintendent, but he has served in numerous catechetical roles in the Church: as catechist, Director of Religious Education, Director of RCIA Programs, Director of Youth Ministry Programs with the Diocese of Memphis and Kansas City-St. Joseph. He is currently serves as the Director of Catechist Formation and Children’s Catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. His list of outstanding achievement awards attests to his skillful excellence in the Church’s work of evangelization.

    His educational background includes a BA in Theology and a BS in Mental Health/Human Services from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; an MA in Theology with a concentration in Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; and an MA in Education Administration and Curriculum from the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, KS.

    Professor De La Torre is a regular on EWTN radio with the SonRise Morning Show and is a lead Catholic writer for Catholixechange.com and Catholiclane.com. He was a guest on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa this past August 24, 2011 to discuss his new book Screwtape Teaches the Faith based on  Screwtape Letters and the Catechism of the Catholic Church along with other topics related to catechesis and instruction.

    Professor De La Torre is fluent in Spanish and English providing leadership that is so needed in our Catholic communities and parishes today. He has been married for over fourteen years to his beautiful bride Amy and they have three wonderful children, Miguel 12, Gabriela 10, and Maria 6.

    Education:
    BA (Theology), BS (Mental Health/Human Services) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    MA (Theology Concentration in Catechetics) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    MA (Education Administration and Curriculum) University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, KS

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Religious Education, Catechetics

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: General Catechetics for the New Evangelization

  • Gregory Y. Glazov, PhD (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    Professor GlazovGregory Y. Glazov, D.Phil. (Oxon.) is an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Seton Hall University. He earned a M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman World from Oxford University. His doctoral dissertation, “The ‘Bridling of the Tongue’ and the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ in Biblical Prophecy,” was published by Sheffield Academic Press in 2001. He has published articles on the book of Job, Vladmir Solovyov, and biblical anthropology in Vetus Testamentum, Communio, and for the Linacre Centre. His forthcoming publications include articles on the canonical interpretation of biblical prophecy and east-west monastic dialogue in Dictionary of the Old Testament (IVP) and Eastern Christian Studies.

    Dr. Glazov's recent conference presentations focus on the Old Testament background of John’s Gospel, and the Lord’s Prayer. Dr. Glazov has taught courses in Introduction to Johannine and Pauline Literature, Jewish Roots of Christian Spirituality, New Testament Greek I and II, Prophetic Literature, Pentateuch, Wisdom Literature and Psalms, and The Four Loves and Family Life. Currently he is completing three books: Brothers in Hope: Models of Judaism in Catholic Perspective (Notre Dame), The Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be and the Sign of the Cross, and an annotated translation of and commentary on Vladimir Solovyov’s writings on Judaism. Dr. Glazov also serves as Coordinator of the Great Spiritual Books program of ICSST’s Institute for Christian Spirituality.

    Education:
    MA (Philosophy) Oxford University
    PhD (Philosophy Concentration in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman World) as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Spirituality

  • Steven R. Hemler, MA (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    CDU Professor Steven HemlerSteven R. Hemler is President of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America (CAINA) and author of The Reality of God: The Layman's Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator, published by St. Benedict Press/TAN Books. Mr. Hemler has a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University of Chicago, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil/Structural Engineering from Virginia Tech. He has been actively involved in adolescent and adult religious education for over 30 years. After a 33-year professional engineering career, including 13 years in the Middle East, Steve took early retirement in 2011 to follow a calling to serve God and the Church full time. Steve and his wife Linda have been married for nearly 40 years and have three grown children. They live in Culpeper, Virginia, and are active at Precious Blood Catholic Church.

    Education:
    BS (Civil/Structural Engineering) Virginia Polytechnic University, Blacksburg, VA
    MS (Civil/Structural Engineering) Virginia Polytechnic University, Blacksburg, VA
    MA (Pastoral Studies) Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Apologetics


  • Joshua Hood, PhD (cand.) +

    Professor HoodProfessor Hood’s language experience is broad, having studied Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Greek, classical Arabic, Biblical Hebrew and classical Armenian. Professor Hood is currently editing and translating a cycle of Syriac hymns by the East Syrian liturgical poet Giwargis Warda. He is also versed in translating works in Greek and Latin. He resides in Virginia with his wife and three children.

    Education:
    BA (Classics with a concentration in Latin Literature and a minor in Religious Studies), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    MA, (Theology and Religious Studies) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
    PhD (Candidate) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Latin

    Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Courses Taught: Latin I; Latin II

  • James C. Kruggel, PhD +

    Dr. James C. Kruggel is adjunct professor of theology at The Catholic University of America Metropolitan School of Professional studies. For eight years, he was the acquisitions editor for philosophy and theology at The Catholic University of America Press. He has also taught graduate-level theology courses for the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

    Dr. Kruggel is a systematic theologian specializing in the theology of Divine revelation, and the relationship of faith and reason. How can theology best combine a scholastic approach, that is starting from looking at the world, and a personalistic  approach, starting from the person as knower and actor? He is also interested in Christology, the Trinity, and the intellectual relationship of Christianity and Islam.

    Dr. Kruggel holds his PhD from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His dissertation is entitled Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium in the Teaching of Vatican II. He argues that there is a continuity of intellectual realism in the Church’s conception of revelation as taught before, by, and after Vatican II.

    Dr. Kruggel lives in Washington, DC. He is a native of Rochester, New York, and holds degrees from Miami University of Ohio and Franciscan University. He has made academic presentations at universities, and has offered numerous parish presentations on a wide variety of theological topics.

    Education:
    MA (Theology) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio
    PhD (Historical and Systemic Theology) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

    Area of Teaching Specialty: Theology

    Course Level: Graduate

    Courses Taught: Revelation and Faith; Evidence for God

     

     

  • Rev. Thomas Lane, SSL, STD (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    Rev. Thomas LaneFather Thomas Lane was ordained a priest in Ireland in 1990.  While in seminary in Ireland, he earned BA in Ancient Classics, and a STB in Theology. Father did his graduate Scripture study in Rome where he received a License in Sacred Scripture (SSL) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1992 and his doctoral degree in Theology (STD) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1994. Father is currently Spiritual Director, Formation Advisor, and Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

    In addition to his pastoral work experience, Father Lane has published numerous extracts, recorded many CD’s, co-authored course books on Sacred Scripture for the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, UK and tutored MA and catechetical students at the Maryvale Institute, and has provided many adult education courses that studied both the Old and New Testament. For several years, Father has been maintaining his own website for the ministry of proclaiming the Gospel through prayer and study.


    Education:
    BA (Ancient Classics), BA (Theology), and a diploma in Counseling, St. Patrick's College in Kildare, Ireland
    STL (License in Sacred Scripture), the Pontifical Biblical Institute
    STD (Doctoral degree in Theology), the Pontifical Gregorian University Rome

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Sacred Scripture, New Testament



  • Michael Liccione, PhD +

    CDU Professor LiccioneMichael Liccione earned his PhD in philosophy in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught courses in theology as well as philosophy, from the high-school through the graduate level, in both Catholic and secular institutions. That career began with teaching entering seminarians who needed some formal philosophical background. Dr. Liccione has published in such periodicals as The Thomist and First Things.

    Education:
    BA, (Religion & Philosophy), Columbia University, New York, NY
    PhD, (Philosophy), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Philosophy

    Course Level: Graduate

    Courses Taught: Philosophy for Theology

  • Curtis Mitch, MA +

    Curtis Mitch is a research writer for Ignatius Press and a trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He earned a BA in religious studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Curtis has contributed several book chapters in the Catholic for a Reason apologetics series (Emmaus Road Press); he has coauthored a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series (Baker Academic); and he has been producing annotations for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible for more than fifteen years (Ignatius Press). In addition, he has given Bible Study presentations in the St. Paul Center’s Journey Through Scripture series, along with numerous workshops at Franciscan University’s annual Applied Biblical Studies Conference. Curtis resides with his wife, Stacy, and their nine children in Toronto, Ohio.       

    Education:
    BA (Religious Studies) Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
    MA (Theology) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Sacred Scripture

    Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Courses Taught: Survey New Testament; Letter to the Romans

  • Steven Najera, MA +

    CDU Professor NajeraSteven Nájera has been a Registered Dietitian for 12 years and currently works at a Hemodialysis clinic in Brownsville, Texas. In his career, Steven has been able to work with adults and the elderly in a clinical healthcare setting as well as with children in his several years in the public school system as a foodservice dietitian. He has also given numerous presentations and talks on the subject of food and nutrition. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Pan American and has completed his MA degree in Theology at CDU. Steven and his wife Amy have three children.

    Education:
    BS (Food and Nutrition) University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX
    MA (Theology) Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, VA

    Area of Specialization: Dietetics, Scripture

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Survey Old Testament; Survey New Testament; Nutrition






  • Jared Ortiz, PhD (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    Jared Ortiz is Assistant Professor of Religion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He earned his doctorate in theology from The Catholic University of America. He currently is finishing a book on creation, deification, and liturgy in St. Augustine’s Confessions.

    Education:
    PhD (Theology) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology

  • Christopher Padgett, MA +

    CDU Professor Christopher PadgettProfessor Christopher M.  Padgett has a BA in English from the University of Southern Florida, an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and is currently completing work for a Licentiate and STD at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio. 

    In addition to being an accomplished teacher, Professor Padgett is a lay evangelist, author, and musician traveling the world giving missions and concerts. He is a frequent guest on EWTN and has been heard on prominent Catholic radio stations and highlighted in several Catholic magazines. His most recent books are Why the Eucharist Matters For Your Life, published by The Word Among Us, and I’m Not Ok, You’re Not Ok, but it’s Ok, published by Dynamic Catholic. He has a book slated for release in 2015 by Franciscan Media, Holy Marriage, Happy Marriage: Faith-Filled Ways to a Better Relationship.

    Married 24 years, Professor Padgett and his wife, Linda, have nine children and live in Steubenville, Ohio, where Professor Padgett is an adjunct professor in theology at Franciscan University.   We are delighted to welcome Professor Padgett to our undergraduate faculty and hope that each student will benefit from his vast experience in handing on the Faith in so many different mediums.

    Education:
    BA (English) University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL
    MA (Theology) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH

    Area of Teaching Specialty: Theology

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Foundations of Catholicism; God, Man and the Universe; Jesus Christ: God, Man and Savior


  • Dcn. James Pearce, PhD (cand.) +

    James Pearce is a currently a PhD student at the The Catholic University of America studying Moral Theology and Ethics. He earned his BS in Business Administration from California State University and his MA in Theology from Catholic Distance University. James is ordained deacon in the diocese of Oakland, belongs to the Catholic Theological Society of America and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.

    Education:
    MA (Theology) Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, VA
    current work on PhD Moral Theology and Ethics at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Ethics and Morality

  • Charles H. Rieper, PhD +

    CDU RieperCharles H. Rieper earned a BA in Economics from the University of South Dakota, from which he graduated cum laude in 1985. He was also Phi Beta Kappa at that institution. He earned an MA in History in 1993 from The Ohio State University of South Dakota and a PhD in History from the same institution in 1995. His research interests are the history of U.S. and European diplomacy and domestic US political and economic history. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the interplay of political, military, and economic considerations and how they influenced U.S. financial diplomacy during the Vietnam War. Dr. Rieper also has extensive experience teaching undergraduates in U.S. history.

    Education:
    BA (Economics), University of South Dakota
    MA (History), Ohio State University of South Dakota
    PhD (History),  Ohio State University of South Dakota

    Area of Teaching Specialization: History

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Ancient Civilization,  Christian Civilization,  A Global Civilization

     

  • Suzanne Robinson, MA +

    cdu Suzanne RobinsonCurrently the Director of Program Development and Strategy, Suzanne Robinson has previously served as special projects manager, course development editor, and registrar. Suzanne collaborates in strategic partnerships and initiatives and also works as an independent consultant in online higher education and marketing.  Early in her career she worked in the telecommunications and government consulting sectors in the areas of strategic systems planning, project management, marketing operations, system requirements, and training.

    Suzanne holds an MA degree in English, with a concentration in writing pedagogy, from Georgetown University and has been certified as an IDOL instructional designer for online learning through graduate coursework at Old Dominion University.  She has taught composition and literature at Lord Fairfax Community College in both classroom and online settings.

    Suzanne enjoys her family, living in the Virginia countryside, and involving herself in her Catholic church and her community, especially in the choir and previously as a catechist.

    Education:
    BA (English) Potsdam College, Potsdam, NY
    MA (English, Concentration in writing pedagogy), Georgetown University, Washington, DC
    Instructional Design for Online Learning (IDOL) graduate coursework, ODU, Norfolk, VA

    Areas of Teaching Specialty:  English Composition; Online English composition; Introduction to Literature

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Introduction to Composition for Theology

  • Robert Royal, PhD (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    Dr. Royal has taught several online graduate courses as well as a number of online seminars. He is a former Fulbright scholar, and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The Catholic University of America. He has taught at both his alma maters as well as Rhode Island College.

    A prolific writer and sought after speaker on ethics, culture, religion, and politics, he has appeared on various radio and television stations nationally and internationally and his books have been translated into several languages. In addition, his articles have appeared in scholarly journals and publications including First Things, the Wilson Quarterly, the Catholic Historical Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and National Review. Dr. Royal is currently responsible for an online website and daily forum for intelligent Catholic commentary called "The Catholic Thing."

    Born and raised in Connecticut, Dr. Royal and Veronica, his wife, make their home in Annandale, Virginia. Together with their three children, they have called Virginia home since 1985.

    Education:
    BA (English) Brown University, Providence, RI
    MA(Italian Studies) Brown University, Providence, RI
    PhD (Comparative Literature), The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
    Fellowship, Renaissance Society of America; Fulbright Scholar

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Philosophy, Social Teaching

    Course Level: Graduate

    Courses Taught: Light of Faith; Philosophy for Theology; Dante

  • Sister Mary Margaret Ann Schlather, SND (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    Sr. Mary Margaret Ann SchlatherSr. Mary Margaret Ann Schlather is a Sister of Notre Dame from the Chardon, Ohio Province and the Dean of Catechetical Programs for CDU. Sister is an experienced elementary school teacher and principal, as well as a Director of Religious Education and is the author and instructor of the CDU course: General Catechetics: Methods and Materials. In addition to being a CDU instructor for several courses at the continuing education and undergraduate levels, Sister also coordinates partnerships with many diocese in the US.

    Education:
    BA (Elementary Education), Certified in Music K-8, Notre Dame College, South Euclid, OH
    MA (Religious Studies), Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome (Notre Dame Institute in Middleburg)
    MA (Elementary Administration), Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
    Advanced Catechetical Diploma, Congregation for the Clergy, Vatican

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Catechetics

  • Elizabeth Shaw, PhD +

    Elizabeth Shaw received a B.S. in mathematics from Georgetown University, and an MA and PhD in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, with a specialty in American philosophy. Dr. Shaw teaches philosophy at The Catholic University of America and is associate editor of the quarterly journal The Review of Metaphysics.

    Education:
    PhD (Philosophy - Specialty - American Philosophy) The Catholic University of America, Washington DC

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Philosophy

    Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Courses Taught: Plato and Aristotle; Phenomenology

  • Steven Smith, PhD +


    Dr. Steven Smith is Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary (Emmitsburg, MD). For those preparing for diocesan priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church, “The Mount” is the largest – and one of the most respected – graduate programs and houses of formation in the U.S. today.   Steve has a PhD in New Testament from Loyola University of Chicago. As a seminary professor, he teaches an on a wide array of biblical topics – including a course on Catholic Scripture study which inspired his first published book.  In 2012, Our Sunday Visitor released Dr. Smith’s book, The Word of the Lord: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study. It is endorsed by Francis Cardinal George among others. The book is available at Dr. Smith’s website (TheGodWhoSpeaks.com). Dr. Smith is a sought after speaker, on an array topics, such as: ‘The God Who Speaks in Scripture’,  ‘The Rosary – a Biblical Prayer’,  ‘Difficult Passages of the OT – and What to Do With Them’, as well as ‘Preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage’.  Dr. Smith has led groups through the Egypt and the Holy Land on numerous occasions. He is currently working on his next two book projects, the first deals with ‘Adam & Eve, Christ & Mary – and the second is a book project regarding the New Evangelization.’  He and his wife Elizabeth (are both “reverts” to the Church) have been married 13 years.  They have two lovely children – Isabelle and Olivia Marie.  The Smiths live in rural Maryland.

    Education:
    PhD (New Testament) Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Sacred Scripture

    Course Level: Graduate

    Courses Taught: Synoptic Gospels; Pauline Letters

  • Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, PhD (Course Contributor or Consultant) +

    Education:
    BBA (Public Accounting and Finance) Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
    MA (Philosophy), St. Louis University
    MDiv (Theology), Gregorian University (Rome)
    ThM (Theology and Scripture) Weston Jesuit School of Theology
    PhD (Philosophy) Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

  • Sarah Swaykus, MA +

    CDU Professor Sarah SwaykusSarah Swaykus is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She completed her Masters of Arts in Theological Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Angelicum in Rome. She also did post-graduate studies in Historical Theology at St. Louis University.

    Sarah hails from St. Louis, MO, where she taught both sciences and religion in private catholic schools for nearly a decade. She has also been avidly involved in the Respect Life Apostolate as an archdiocesan program director and speaker. She currently resides in Orange County, teaching full-time at JSerra Catholic and part-time for CDU.

    Sarah has spent the vast majority of her professional career in the service of the church and civic community as an educator, program director, and volunteer. She has found this career path fulfilling and gratifying, placing her skills as an educator at the service of the Church and the world. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, cooking, piano, and wine tasting.

    Education

    MA (Theological Studies), Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH

    Post graduate studies (Historical Theology), St. Louis University

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Scripture and Theology

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior

  • Alissa Thorell, MTS +

    CDU Professor ThorellProfessor Thorell holds a MTS in Theology, Biotechnology and Ethics from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies at The Catholic University of America. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

    Professor Thorell currently works as a Professor for Catholic Distance University as well as a freelance editor and curriculum reviewer. Her former experience includes working for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis as the Catechism Specialist. She specialized in the review and development of educational materials and curricula for elementary and high school students, covering a spectrum of theological topics. She has also worked as a college campus minister for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and as a middle school and high school abstinence educator for Long Island Teen Freedom. Her international volunteer experience includes missions in Ethiopia, Jamaica and Haiti. She currently resides near Richmond, VA, with her family.

    Education:
    BA (Theology and Catechetics) from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    MTS (Theology, Biotechnology and Ethics) Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies at The Catholic University of America Washington, DC

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Sacraments: Masterworks of God; Catholic Fundamental Moral Theology A; Catholic Fundamental Moral Theology B; Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History





  • Aaron Urbanczyk, PhD +

    Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk holds a PhD in English from Florida State University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a B.A. in English from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has taught at Southern Catholic College, Ave Maria University, and Baylor University.

    His teaching and research interests include: the great books of Western civilization, Literary Theory and Criticism, Dante, Shakespeare, ancient Greek literature & philosophy, and the Philosophy of the Human Person.

    Dr. Urbanczyk’s numerous essays and reviews have appeared in Religion & the Arts, the St. Austin Review, The Intercollegiate Review, Modern Age, Essays in Arts & Sciences, Papers on Language & Literature, the Journal for Cultural & Religious Theory, Perspectives in Religious Studies, The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, The Catholic Thing, and the Ignatius Critical Editions of Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    Dr. Urbanczyk and his wife and six children live in Nashville, TN.

    Education:
    BA (English) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    MA (Philosophy) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    PhD, (English) Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Philosophy

    Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Courses Taught: Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Person; Philosophy of the Human Person; The Modern Crisis of Values and the Catholic Mind; Undergraduate Writing Skills; Undergraduate Research Skills

     

     

  • Kathryn Vestermark, MA +

    Professor Kathryn VestermarkProfessor Kathy Vestermark is a wife and mother of six children, one with significant special needs. She worked for 13 years in medical education at USUHS on a project to include families of children with special needs as faculty and advisors to medical education. She received her MA in Theology from CDU, and has put it to use as a Coordinator/Instructor of RCIA at her parish, Women's Bible Study facilitator, lecturer, writer of a Catholic blog and contributor to other Catholic/Secular books and publications. Professor Vestermark also serves as a Student Life Coordinator for the CDU Online Student Center.

    Education
    BS (General Studies) Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Lockhaven, PA
    Diploma (with Honors) Defense Language Institute
    Catechetical Diploma Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, VA
    MA (Theology) Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, VA

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology, Catechetics

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: The Four Constitutions of Vatican II; The Catechism of the Catholic Church I; The Catechism of the Catholic Church II

  • Deacon Davin Winger, MA, MBA +

    Deacon Davin Winger holds an MBA from West Texas A&M, a Masters of Arts in Theology from Catholic Distance University, and a BS is Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University. Davin serves as a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas. He currently teaches finance and economics at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Davin and his wife, Teague, also serve in the Retrouvaille Marriage ministry.

    Education
    BS (Agricultural Economics) Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    MBA West Texas A&M, Canyon, TX
    MA (Theology) Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, VA

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Economics

    Course Level: Undergraduate

    Courses Taught: Elements of Economics

  • Christine Wood, PhD +

    CDU Profesor Christine WoodChristine E. Wood received her PhD in theology from Marquette University, Milwaukee, and her MA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then Christine has been lecturing in systematic and biblical theology, and ethics, at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego. Christine's teaching focus has mainly been in Christology, Fundamental Theology, Ecclesiology, Catholic Social Teaching, Moral Theology, and Scripture. Dr. Wood's research interests range from the interesction of faith and reason, nature and grace, the theology of revelation, the nature of conversion and spiritual growth, the interrelation of Christology and Ecclesiology, and the liturgical actualization of the salvific events of the mystery of Jesus Christ. Christine is currently working towards the publication of her doctoral dissertation entitled, "The Metaphysics and Intellective Psychology in the Natural Desire for Seeing God: Henri de Lubac and Neo-Scholasticism." Dr. Wood hails from Australia where she is the President of the St. John Centre for Biblical Studies.

    Education:
    BS (Agriculture) University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
    MA (Theology) Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    PhD (Theology) Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Theology

    Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Courses Taught: The Four Constitutions of Vatican II; Reading Scripture Theologically; Introduction to Aquinas

  • John Worgul, PhD +

    Professor John WorgulFr. Worgul received his PhD in Hebrew Bible at the Dropsie College in 1987.  He has taught biblical courses for many years on a seminary level, specializing in biblical studies and has had significant experience in online teaching.  Fr. Worgul has worked extensively with students in the area of spiritual formation and has given seminars on St. John of the Cross and East-West perspectives on prayer and spirituality. 

    Fr. Worgul was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2001 and was ordained a Catholic Priest for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in September 2013.

    His publications include articles, book reviews, contributions to the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Zondervan, 2011), and his recently published book  on cosmology titled The Little Book of Big Frontiers: Rediscovering the Lost Realms of Christianity (Wipf & Stock, 2012).   Website and blog: ancienthopes.com. 

    Education:
    PhD (Hebrew Bible) Anneberg Research Institute, (Dropsie College), Philadelphia, PA

    Area of Teaching Specialization: Sacred Scripture, Old Testament

    Course Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Courses Taught: The Pentateuch, The Letter to the Romans

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