Instructors

Mary Eberstadt

Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute and holds the Panula Chair at the Catholic Information Center. Her most recent book is Adam and Eve after the Pill, Revisited, with a Foreword by Cardinal George Pell.

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Elizabeth A. Mitchell, S.C.D

Elizabeth A. Mitchell, S.C.D. is the author of Artist and Image: Artistic Creativity and Personal Formation in the Thought of Edith Stein.

Mitchell received her doctorate in Institutional Social Communications from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where she worked as a translator for the Holy See Press Office and L’Osservatore Romano.  She is an adviser to the St. Gianna and Pietro Molla International Center for Family and Life and a regular contributor to The Catholic Thing.

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Robert James Conrad Jr.

Robert James Conrad Jr. is a  judge of the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He is the author of John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads (2021), which recounts the stories of the two great Catholic saints who were executed by King Henry VIII. “[More and Fisher] were. . .servants of the one true God who spoke through his Word and his Church.  Their shared conviction was that … God was truth, and that his Church was a truth-telling institution.”

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Michael Dauphinais, Ph.D.

Michael Dauphinais, Ph.D. is the Dean of Faculty at Ave Maria University.  He received his doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame and is a member of the American Academy of Religion.  He is the author of several books, including: The Common Good and the Body of Christ: St. Thomas and the Catholic Worker, and Knowing the Love of Christ: An Introduction to the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Rev. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

Rev. Kenneth Baker, S.J., is editor emeritus of the Homiletic & Pastoral Review, having served as editor from 1971 to 2010.  He graduated from Gonzaga University, studied Theology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and translated Karl Rahner’s Primacy and Episcopate into English.  After teaching for two years at Gonzaga University, he published his translation of Rahner’s Spiritual Exercises and received his Ph.D. from Marquette University.  Returning to Gonzaga he became head of the Department of Theology in 1968, leading it faithfully through the turmoil surrounding Humanae Vitae.  He then served as president of Seattle University.  Fr. Baker has built and run three community television stations and was president of Catholic Views Broadcasting, Inc., which produced a weekly 15-minute radio program airing on 50 stations across the U.S.  He is the author of a three-volume explanation of the Faith called Fundamentals of Catholicism.

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Robert Royal

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Ralph McInerny

Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) founded International Catholic University. He was a beloved professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he directed the Medieval Institute and the Jacques Maritain Center. Dr. McInerny was a fellow of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, a recipient of the Boucheron Lifetime Achievement Award, and a member of President Bush’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He founded Crisis Magazine, Catholic Dossier, and hosted the Basics of Catholicism conference at Notre Dame for many years. A tireless writer, he published countless books on matters of faith and philosophy, as well as witty novels, including the well-known Father Dowling Mysteries and a more recent series of mysteries set at Notre Dame. 

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Rev. Joseph Koterski, S.J.

Rev. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., (1953-2021) taught Philosophy at Fordham University, where he won both the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and the Graduate Teacher of the Year Award. He was the editor-in-chief of International Philosophical Quarterly, and the President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. He has produced videotaped lecture-courses on “Aristotle’s Ethics,” on “Natural Law and Human Nature,” and most recently on “Biblical Wisdom Literature” for The Teaching Company. 

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Fr. Gerald E. Murray

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City. His newest book (with Diane Montagna), Calming the Storm: Navigating the Crises Facing the Catholic Church and Society explores the philosophical and theological roots of our current difficulties and proposes a path forward in fidelity to Christ. Fr. Murray is a graduate of Dartmouth College, St. Joseph’s Seminary and The Pontifical Gregorian University. He is a member of EWTN’s The Papal Posse with Robert Royal on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo.

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