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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.

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.

Mark Wunsch, Ph.B., Ph.L.

Mark Wunsch pursued graduate studies in Rome at the Angelicum, where he obtained Ph.B. and Ph.L. degrees in philosophy, and where he is now in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D. In addition to serving Christendom College as a professor of philosophy, Prof. Wunsch has traveled widely, lecturing on a variety of topics, including the relationship between faith and reason, the connection between philosophy and history, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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.

Steven Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Dr. Steven Smith was raised Catholic, but as a young adult spent 8 years at Willow Creek, an evangelical mega-church near Chicago. He earned his M.A. in Theology at the highly-respected evangelical Wheaton College Graduate School. After joyfully returning to the Catholic Church in 2000, Dr. Smith went on to earn a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago, specializing in New Testament and Early Christianity. Dr. Smith often speaks in seminaries, universities and parishes and has made numerous appearances on EWTN and Catholic Radio. His first book, The Word of the Lord: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study, was published in 2012, and he is now finishing a new book on the Temple in the Old and New Testaments. Dr. Smith and his wife have two children and live in rural Maryland.

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.

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