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Scholars

Rev. Father Sebastian Carnazzo, Ph.D.

Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD, is a priest in the Melkite Catholic Church of America and pastor of the St. Elias Melkite Parish in San Jose. He received his BS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in Animal Science with a concentration in veterinary medicine. He then went on to receive his MA in Theology with a concentration in Sacred Scripture from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and his PhD in Biblical Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His dissertation was published under the title Seeing Blood and Water: A Narrative-Critical of John 19:34 (2012). He joined the faculty of St. Patrick’s Seminary in the Fall of 2015 as a full-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture and Biblical Languages. Among other teaching engagements and volunteer activities, he is also an adjunct lecturer in Sacred Scripture for the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and the academic director for the deacon program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, OK. He lives happily with his wonderful wife and six beautiful children in Prunedale, CA.

Fr. David E. Anderson

Fr. David E. Anderson, a priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Chicago, was born in 1953 in Jamestown, N.Y. Educated at Wadhams Hall and St. Vladimir’s Seminary, where he was a student of Fr. Alexander Schmemann, he was ordained in 1983 and has served as a parish priest for 31 years, the last 15 of which have been at St. Peter’s Church in Ukiah, California. From before his ordination until now, he has been both a teacher and a translator of patristic and Byzantine liturgical texts. He is especially known in northern California for his lectures on the early Church Fathers and the early liturgy, presented in the (Latin Rite) dioceses of San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Oakland, which have been the means by which many have been introduced to the Eastern Churches. Beginning in August, 2019, he will serve as Byzantine Catholic chaplain at Wyoming Catholic College.

Mother Maria Regina van den Berg

Mother Maria Regina van den Berg is the superior and foundress of the Filiae Laboris Mariae, a community founded in 2017 and located in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Mother Maria Regina entered religious life in 1993, after completing a B.A. in English and Philosophy. After profession of vows, Mother Maria Regina obtained a Masters in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville (1997) and a Doctorate in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America (2000).

Mark Wunsch, Ph.D., Ph.L.

Dr. Wunsch is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Christendom College, where he also serves as the chairman of the philosophy department and directs the academic side of the college’s Rome program. He obtained Ph.D, Ph.L, and Ph. B degrees in philosophy from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. Dr. Wunsch has traveled widely, lecturing on a variety of philosophical topics.

Steven Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Steven Smith is Associate Professor of Biblical Exegesis at Mundelein Seminary. Dr. Smith earned his PhD in New Testament / Early Christianity from Loyola University and has written two books The Word of the Lord: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study and The House of the Lord: A Biblical Theology of the Temple in the Old and New Testament. An array of CD’s on other biblical topics is also available on his website: TheGodWhoSpeaks.com. He and his wife Elizabeth were married in 2000 – and have two daughters, Isabelle Marie and Olivia Marie.

Dr. John Pepino

Dr. John Pepino is a professor of Greek, Latin, History, and Patristics at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska. His Master’s degree is in Classical Greek and Latin and his Doctorate is in the Father of the Church. He has published on the Fathers of Church and on contemporary Church History (particularly Vatican II and the liturgy in the twentieth century). His most recent publication is the English translation of Yves Chiron, Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy (Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2018).

Eric J. Jenislawski, Ph.D.

Professor Eric J. Jenislawski is Chairman of the Theology Department at Christendom College. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Philosophy at Yale College and a Master’s Degree in Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School. His Ph.D. study and doctoral thesis were conducted at the Catholic University of America, where his dissertation awaits defense. Prof. Jenislawski routinely teaches courses on Scripture, Patristics, and the Incarnation.

Christopher Lane, Ph.D. (cand.)

Christopher Lane is an assistant professor of History at Christendom College. He holds M.A. degrees in History from both Saint Louis University and the University of Notre Dame, and he is near the completion at Notre Dame of his PhD dissertation, entitled “The Diversity of Vocations: Choosing a State of Life in Early Modern France.” He has received several academic fellowships, including a 2010-2011 Bourse Marandon to support an academic year of research in Paris. He resides in Front Royal, Virginia, with his wife and two children.

Brendan McGuire, Ph.D.

Professor Brendan McGuire, Ph.D., is a Catholic historian, specializing in the classical and medieval periods. He received his doctoral degree in medieval history from Saint Louis University, and in recent years has presented scholarly research on various historical topics at prestigious regional, national, and international conferences. He has taught both history and classical languages at the undergraduate level, and he is currently a professor of history at Christendom College, his alma mater.

David Glasow, Ph.D.

Professor David Glasow is a theology teacher who resides in Northern Virginia. David is a former youth minister and musician. He gained his Masters in theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and his doctorate in Systematic Theology at Catholic University of America where he focused on fundamental theology and Christology. He is married with three children.

Rev. Father Frederick Gruber

A priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh ordained in 2012, Rev. Frederick Gruber grew up in a devout Catholic family with ten brothers and four sisters. He earned his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in theology from Christendom College. After entering St. Paul Seminary, he studied at Duquesne University for an M.A. in philosophy. Fr. Gruber went on to study at the Pontifical Gregorian University for an STB. For a specialization in Mariology, he was sent to study at the Pontifical Marianum Faculty in Rome, where he currently is a candidate for the STL with a specialization in Mariology. Recently, he co-authored a book with a patristics scholar, Mike Aquilina, on the Blessed Virgin Mary, Keeping Mary Close: Devotion to Mary throughout the Ages. Fr. Gruber is a parochial vicar of four parishes on the western edge of the city of Pittsburgh and serves as chaplain for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School and spiritual director for the Pittsburgh Regia of the Legion of Mary.

John Cuddeback, Ph.D.

Professor John Cuddeback received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1997. He writes and lectures on various topics including virtue, culture, natural law, contemplation, and friendship. His book, True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness, was republished in 2010. A Third Order lay Dominican, he currently teaches in the Philosophy department at Christendom College. Dr. Cuddeback, an avid gardener and hunter, lives with his wife and six children in the Shenandoah Valley.

Fr. Bevil Bramwell, OMI, Ph.D.

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. He has given presentations to the National Catholic Education Association and the German-American Society in Germany as well as in various parishes. His publications include an undergraduate textbook The World of the Sacraments, and two other books Laity: Beautiful, Good and True, and Catholics Read Scripture. Father has also published book reviews, and numerous articles for technical spiritual journals as well as the pastoral periodicals: Priest; Homiletic and Pastoral Review.

William Marshner, S.T.D.

Dr. William Marshner received his M.A. from Dallas University and his licentiate and doctorate degrees in sacred theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. In 1977, Dr. Marshner became a founding faculty member at Christendom College and served continuously as Professor of Theology until his retirement in 2015. A well-known author and Protestant convert to the Catholic Church, Dr. Marshner has lectured widely on topics ranging from Islam to the heresy of Modernism. He has been published in numerous books and has authored dozens of articles on topics ranging from ecclesiology and theology to history and philosophy. Dr. Marshner is a renowned translator in multiple languages and is looking to publish his translations of Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae with Cardinal Cajetan’s sixteenth-century commentaries on Aquinas.

Kenneth Howell, Ph.D.

Dr. Kenneth J. Howell is the Director of Academic Research and President of the Pontifical Studies Foundation which supports the work of the Eucharist project. Dr. Howell taught in higher education for almost thirty years, most recently for over a decade as a Professor of Religion at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) where he taught classes on the history, theology, and philosophy of Catholicism. At the same time he served as the Director of the Institute of Catholic Thought of the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the same university. He was a Presbyterian minister for eighteen years. During his ministry and teaching, Dr. Howell’s own reading on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist started him on a six-year journey that eventually led him to Catholicism. On June 1, 1996, Dr. Howell was confirmed and received into the Catholic Church at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington, Indiana. In 2000, he received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award from John Paul II in recognition of his service to the Church (the lay equivalent of the title Monsignor).

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