Faculty and Staff
John Mortensen, President
B.A. (Liberal Arts), Thomas Aquinas College; S.T.M. and S.T.L. (Theology), International Theological Institute; Ph.L. and Ph.D. (Philosophy), Pontificia Università della Santa Croce
Having received his bachelor’s degree in 1997 from Thomas Aquinas College, John Mortensen spent the next ten years in Europe where he studied theology and philosophy in Austria, Oxford, and Rome. From 2002 to 2007 he was Assistant Professor at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, teaching courses in logic, natural philosophy, metaphysics, fundamental theology, and Trinitarian theology. During these years he also held the positions of Director of Finance and subsequently Vice President of Administration. He completed a doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation in theology. Dr. Mortensen’s research has centered on Aquinas’s doctrine of analogy, especially as it pertains to St. Thomas’s account of the mystery of the Trinity and of the divine causality of human freedom. He specializes in the work of Aristotle and Aquinas, but his interests also include spiritual theology (above all in the Carmelite tradition) and Mariology.
Jeremy R. Holmes
B.A. (Liberal Arts), Thomas Aquinas College; S.T.M. (Theology), International Theological Institute; Ph.D. (Biblical Studies), Marquette University
Dr. Holmes received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, his masters degree in sacred theology from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and his doctoral degree in theology with a specialization in New Testament from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He wrote his dissertation on the use of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Matthew. Subsequently, Dr. Holmes taught graduate and undergraduate Scripture and Thomistic theology at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. Besides his work in modern biblical exegesis, including a presentation on the Gospel of John at the Catholic Biblical Association, Dr. Holmes has published scholarly articles on the biblical commentaries of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure, and has published translations of the works of Thomas Aquinas and Guigo the Carthusian. Dr. Holmes is Associate Professor of Theology at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander.
Diplome in French Language, L’Universite Catholique de l’Ouest; B.A. (Liberal Arts), University of Notre Dame; S.T.M. and S.T.L. (Theology), International Theological Institute; S.T.D. (Theology), University of Fribourg
Having first received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Notre Dame University, Dr. Beth Mortensen then received her masters and license in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria. She spent a semester in Oxford writing her thesis on Obedience as a Virtue According to Saint Thomas Aquinas. She finished her doctoral course work at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy. She also studied at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where she received her doctorate in Sacred Theology, having written and defended her dissertation, The Relation Between the Juridical and the Sacramental in Matrimony according to Thomas Aquinas. During and between these courses of study, Dr. Mortensen also studied Latin under Reginald Foster in Rome, Italy; she taught Latin and French courses; translated numerous books on St. Thomas both of Latin and French origin; and has given lectures and published on the topic of Theology of the family, marriage and the sacraments.
Peter A. Kwasniewski
B.A. (Liberal Arts), Thomas Aquinas College; M.A. and Ph.D. (Philosophy), The Catholic University of America
After attending Thomas Aquinas College and The Catholic University of America, Dr. Kwasniewski taught courses in natural philosophy, metaphysics, moral theology, Catholic social doctrine, fundamental and biblical theology, Christology and ecclesiology, and sacraments and liturgy at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, from 1998 to 2006. During this period he also lectured on medieval philosophy for the Austrian Program of Ave Maria University, on human rights for the Phoenix Institute Europe Foundation, and on music history for the Austrian Program of the Franciscan University of Steubenville. His articles on philosophy, theology, and music have appeared in journals such as The Thomist, Communio, Nova & Vetera, Mediaeval Studies, Modern Schoolman, Doctor Angelicus, The Downside Review, Angelicum, Faith & Reason, Logos, and The Aquinas Review. He has published two books with The Catholic University of America Press, one as editor, the other as co-translator: Wisdom’s Apprentice: Essays in Honor of Fr. Lawrence Dewan, O.P. and On Love and Charity: Readings from the Sentences Commentary of St. Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Kwasniewski is Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Instructor in Music History and Theory, and Founding Choirmaster at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander. He is also a published and performed composer, especially of sacred music.
Benjamin M. Block, Publication Director
B.A. (Liberal Arts), Wyoming Catholic College; Ph.L. and Ph.D. (Philosophy), The Catholic University of America
Dr. Benjamin Block is a graduate from the first class of Wyoming Catholic College. He received his licentiate and doctorate from The Catholic University of America, where he wrote his dissertation on Thomas’s epistemology. He currently resides in California, where he is a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College.
John P. Joy, Managing Editor
B.Phil. (Theology), Ave Maria College; S.T.M. and S.T.L. (Theology), International Theological Institute; S.T.D. (Theology), University of Fribourg
After completing his undergraduate studies at Ave Maria College in Michigan, John obtained master’s and licentiate degrees in theology at the International Theological Institute in Austria, where he wrote theses on Thomas Aquinas’ understanding of the efficacy of Christ’s passion and on papal infallibility. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the distinction between the ordinary and extraordinary magisterium. He specializes in fundamental dogmatic theology, especially issues of magisterial authority and infallibility. Other areas of interest include liturgy and sacraments and the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas.
B.A. (Liberal Arts), Thomas Aquinas College; M.A. and Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Dallas
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, Dr. Bolin studied philosophy at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, where he received his master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy, concentrating on the philosophy of religion. He wrote his dissertation on the problem of evil considered in light of the divine causality of human actions as developed by St. Thomas. He specializes in the work of Aristotle and Aquinas, especially as it relates to the philosophy of religion; his other areas of interest include metaphysics and the philosophy of science, particularly the relation between the perennial philosophy and modern science. Dr. Bolin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander.