Andrew is married to his beautiful wife, Melissa, and together they have two highly energetic sons, Michael and Dominic (aged 4 and 3), a set of recently born twin boys, Nicholas and Patrick, along with two other children in Heaven, Frances and Hope. He has a dual pontifical/civil Master’s degree in Sacred Theology (S.T.M. / M.Th.) from the International Theological Institute in Austria, and wrote a thesis on the topic of God’s self-knowledge in relation to created truth in Aquinas. Andrew is currently completing pre-doctoral coursework toward a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) at the same institution, specializing in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology from Ave Maria University in Florida on a full scholarship. While there, he was a Junior Fellow with the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal, and defended his senior thesis entitled, "De Ira Dei: Lactantius and His Anthropomorphic Treatment of Divine Anger as Necessary of Divine Providential Action." Having been a Director of Religious Education and Catechist for many years in Florida and Washington State, Andrew has regularly taught classes in Sacramental Preparation, Religious Education, RCIA, as well as Elementary Latin at the Middle School level. Additionally, Andrew is an accomplished opera and musical theatre singer with over 20 years of performance experience, and worked as an Adjunct Instructor of Music during his time at Ave Maria University, teaching voice and acting for singers. Prior to his conversion to Catholicism, Andrew was a U.S. Marine and police officer for many years in Southern California, and worked as a Disaster Relief Volunteer for the American Red Cross in New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina.
Education: B.A. (Cand.) Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Paul is a husband, and proud father of 6 wonderful children. He is currently a full-time student working towards receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in both Theology and Philosophy in the tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas. While focusing on his studies, he also owns a photography company shooting weddings both nationally and internationally with his wife, Amanda. He also serves as Director of Faith Formation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in beautiful Southern Oregon. His primary goal is to do what he can to help educate the Catholic community, in order to spread truth throughout the world, and promote orthodoxy and fidelity to the Church. He firmly believes this happens both with a solid understanding of God and His Creation, and leading a life of faith, hope, and charity. As St. Catherine of Siena so veraciously stated, “If you are who you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!”
Education: B.A., Ave Maria University
Brandon is married to his college sweetheart, Katie, and is a loving father to three beautiful daughters — Gianna, Olivia and Maria. He earned his degree from Ave Maria University in Sacred Theology in 2007 and has been working in Catholic media ever since. Throughout his career, Brandon has honed his skills in marketing, web and graphic design, photography and video production. His particular area of theological interest is on Liturgy and Church History. He believes, as Cardinal Newman insisted, that in order to promote and mobilize the work of the laity in the Church, they must first be well-instructed and well-versed in the Catholic Faith, but a faith firmly rooted in a Thomistic foundation. In addition to his work at the Thomisticum, Brandon serves as the Assistant Director for Creative and Digital Services at the Diocese of St. Augustine in Jacksonville, Florida.
Education: B.A., Ave Maria University; S.T.M./M.Th., International Theological Institute
Education: S.T.M./M.Th., International Theological Institute; Ph.B., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas ("Angelicum")
Ms. Duan has a pontifical Masters in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria, having written a thesis on the topic of the Trinity, specifically regarding the two Processions. She is currently working toward the completion of a Licentiate in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas ("Angelicum"), conducting research on the metaphysics of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. Zhihua entered the Church on Easter Vigil of 2006, and has been a part of a lay Catholic community for five years, having given two lectures on the human act and beatitude. She is also an accomplished violinist, playing with a chamber music group in Vienna, and actively teaches violin to children.
Education: B.A., Benedictine College; S.T.M./M.Th., International Theological Institute; S.T.L., International Theological Institute
Alexander was born and raised in Birmingham, AL where he first became interested in pursuing Theology by regularly attending programs at EWTN (Eternal World Television Network) as a teenager. He attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, where he majored in Philosophy and Theology. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked for two years in the Birmingham Diocese as a Theology/Philosophy high school teacher. He has completed both a Master's and Licentiate degree in Theology at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria. Having written his master's thesis on the wedding feast of Cana and the sacred heart devotion, Mr. Harb continues his studies with a focus on the sacred heart devotion in its biblical foundation, as well as its patristic and liturgical basis. As of Fall 2016, Mr. Harb plans to begin work toward a doctorate in sacred theology at the Orientale in Rome. In his free time he enjoys playing the banjo, guitar, piano, swimming, reading, visiting family, and working with ceramics.
Education: License Degree (MS) in Operative Research & Systems; Magister in Clinic Psychology, Guest Student, UCS-Arché; PhD Post-Grad Research in Artificial Intelligence, UCLA; BA in Philosophy, Santo Tomás de Aquino University; DPhil candidate, MA in Philosophy Santo Tomás de Aquino University (UNSTA) Buenos Aires.
Gustavo has been married to Maria del Pino for more than 25 years, blessed with three, now young adults, Brenda, Lourdes and Ivan. They all live together in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gustavo has a PhD in Computer Sciences, and while still devoting some academic time to his field of choice, doing research in Artificial Intelligence, Gustavo serves as CIO of a large investment corporation and as a Board Member for several companies in his capacity as a business intelligence expert. He was introduced to Saint Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae at the early age of fifteen while in the Catholic Action, and since that moment, he was fascinated not only by the saints' clear theological and philosophical method, but by his mystical soul as well. Gustavo went on learning Aquinas' opera magna and correlated sources, both on his own steam and as part of programmatic studies, such as at Saint Thomas Aquinas University (Blackfriars) in Buenos Aires, where he's soon to defend his thesis on the influence of Dionysus' symbol of light in St. Albertus, and St. Thomas' concept of beauty. Gustavo is a visiting professor in many universities and colleges that invite him to teach seminars on the info-tech society paradox within a philosophical perspective. In a less formal approach, but under a "credo ut intelligam" maxim, he shares his interest between the philosophy of cosmology and refuting artificial intelligence chimeras. A former rugby player and irrational fan, he is also a black belt in Taekwondo, and currently enjoys scuba diving.
Education: B.A., Thomas Aquinas College
A true son of the West Coast, Andre was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, raised in the Portland, Oregon area with his three siblings, and attended college in Southern California. He was first exposed to St. Thomas in high school, and pursued his love of liberal arts with a double major in Philosophy and Theology from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. A student of linguistics, Andre also speaks and reads Japanese, and enjoys playing classical piano. He is now back in Vancouver, Washington, where he is currently discerning a vocation to the Dominican Order, and works as an intern and a Latin instructor in the Faith Formation office of the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater. He is very excited to take part as a member of the Institute, and hopes to gain a deeper understanding and love of the great Thomistic tradition of scholarship.
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