Administration and Faculty


Pontifex University Administration & Faculty

Frank Hanna III, Chancellor

Gareth N. Genner, President

David Clayton, Provost 

Fr. Paul Moreau, Chaplain

Thomas Idzik, Operations


 

Andrew Thornton-Norris, an acclaimed poet and commentator on literature, is a graduate of Oxford and London Universities and is based in England. His book The Spiritual History of English, was described by the Times as "an enjoyable, erudite and cohesive journey through the history and philosophy of English literature in 150 pithily written pages." HIs poetry anthology, The Walled Garden, and other works of poetry in general have been praised by figures such as David Yezzi, Fiona Sampson, Alison Brackenbury, John Powell Ward, Fr. John Saward, Fr. Aidan Nichols and Roger Scruton. To learn more about Mr. Thornton-Norris please visit his website at www.thornton-norris.com 


Andrew Wilson Smith is an accomplished teacher, sculptor, and stone carver specializing in a variety of media including bronze, plaster, and stone in both sacred and secular settings. Mr. Smith has served several apprenticeships and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Art and the Florence Academy of Art. During his studies, Mr. Smith honed his technical skills and developed a historical perspective on art and aesthetics that guide and govern his work. In addition to his passion as an artist, Mr. Smith has instructed students in Art, Art History, and the Humanities at St. Gregory's Academy, Wyoming Catholic College, and the South Bend Museum of Art. To learn more about Mr. Smith, please visit his website at www.AndrewWilsonSmith.com


Anthony Visco is well known for his work in sculpture, relief sculpture, and painting and is the founder and director of the Atelier for the Sacred Arts in Philadelphia. Mr. Visco is an experienced instructor and lecturer who teaches at the Sacred Art School in Florence, Italy. Select pieces of his works can be found in Saint Joseph's National Shrine in Old Philadelphia, Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA, the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, and the Saint Rita National Shrine in Philadelphia. For the past 13 years he has acted as the fine arts coordinator for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Cross, Wisconsin. To learn more about Mr. Visco, please visit his website at www.anthonyvisco.org


Caleb Brown is a graduate of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, CA) with a Master's Degree in Theology and a Master's Degree in Philosophy. Mr. Brown is a Master Teacher for Act One's Screenwriting Program which prepares Christians for careers in mainstream entertainment for over fifteen years. Mr. Brown's career started in 2009 when he was invited to offer a class called, 'How to Watch a Movie!" which prepared the staff and interns at Lin Studio's Warner Bros. office.  In addition to his experience as a Master Teacher, Mr. Brown's original television pilot, House of Romanov, is currently under consideration by NBC. Mr. Brown's first course for Pontifex University is Christian Humanism in Contemporary Cinema which teaches students how to discern film narratives and how they achieve their effects on audiences. 


Christopher Carstens is Director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin and a visiting faculty member at Mundelein Seminary and the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois and the editor of the Adoremus Bulletin. Along with Fr. Douglas Martis, Mr. Carstens is the co-author of Mystical Body, mystical Voice: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass (Liturgy Training Publications). Mr. Carstens is a graduate of the Oratory of St. Phillip, the University of Dallas, and the Liturgical Institute University of Saint Mary of the Lake. 


Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and an accomplished author. Her recent work includes The Marian Option , Nudging Conversations: A Practical Guide to Bringing Those You Love Back to the Church and Ultimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhood, along with co-authoring City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II's Krakow with George Weigel. Dr. Gress' work can often be noted in Aleteia, Catholic World Report, CatholicVote, The National Catholic Register, Real Clear Religion, and Zenit, which has also been translated into several languages. Her first course for Pontifex University is A Survey of Philosophy of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful which describes how the good, the true and the beautiful have been perceived in Western thought from ancient Greece to the present day. 


David Clayton is an artist, writer, and teacher who grew up in England and is a graduate of Oxford University. He is the Provost of Pontifex university, a Visiting Fellow at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire, and has an international reputation as a painter, with major commissions in both the UK and the US. Mr. Clayton is a regular contributor to the New Liturgical Movement website and has published two books about the connection between sacred art and culture, and their connection to the liturgy. The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home (co-written with Leila Lawler) has been an Amazon bestseller, and his latest book, The Way of Beauty- Liturgy, Education, and Inspiration for Family, School and College, was published in 2016 by Angelico Press. Mr. Clayton's first courses for Pontifex University are A History and Practical Theology of Images and A Study of Artistic Method for Patrons and Artists.


Deborah Samia has a BFA from the Academy of Art University with an emphasis in Classical Sculpture and using the method of the Old Masters. She is also on the faculty at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California and has taught Figure Modeling, Portrait and Ecorche, both on campus and online. Ms. Samia has done a series of commissions including public monuments, private commissions, as well as commercial work. Her first course for Pontifex University is Introduction to Sculpting the Figure which teaches concepts of proportion, balance, gesture, anatomy and structure. To learn more about Ms. Samia's work please visit www.deborahsamia.com 


Elizabeth Froula is a teaching assistant for Pontifex University. She holds a BA and an MA in theology from Ave Maria University. During her time at Ave Maria, Elizabeth volunteered as a sacristan and a RICA catechist, worked as a Teaching Assistant for Latin I, a tutor for the Student Success Program, an assistant to a philosophy professor, and an assistant to Michael Novak. She presented the paper Defining Dignity in Catholic Social Thought at the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas' annual conference in 2013.  


Gareth N. Genner was the founding President (and is the current Chancellor) of Holy Spirit College in Atlanta, Georgia and the current President of Pontifex University. As a British Lawyer and Commissioner fro Oaths, Gareth completed a post-graduate Diploma in European Community Law and an LLM Degree in International Law followed by two-years post-graduate research into the canonical and international law status of each of the Apostolic See and the Vatican City State. Gareth is a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a Knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta (Order of Malta), a Knight of The Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, and a Knight of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George.


Geoffrey Yovanovic is a member of the design team of Norman Davenport Askins and is a graduate of the University of Miami, the University of Notre Dame, winner of the Addison Mizner Medal from the Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in recognition of excellence in classical design, and a graduate of the Way of Beauty Summer Atelier. Mr. Yovanovic's first course for Pontifex University is Fundamentals of Beauty in Architecture, which examines the guiding principles in design such as proportion, nature, geometry, number, and 'style'. 


Keri Wiederspann is an iconographer who received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City and later pursued Christina Russian-Byzantine iconography studying under the late renewed Russian iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. Ms. Wiederspahn's work has been exhibited in galleries, churches, and museums throughout New England and in private collections internationally. Her experience from serving as a senior manager of the New Hampshire Institute of of Art has helped serve her as the director of the OQ Farm: A Creative Sanctuary which is a new initiative to bring Christian arts colony into existence that centers around supporting the artist though both creative and spiritual renewal on a 500-acre farm in Bridgewater, Vermont. To learn more about her work, please visit www.iconeyestudio.com


Matthew Williams holds a degree in music from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where his primary instrument was the piano and is Music Director at St. Gregory the Great Academy, Scranton, Pennsylvania. having been involved in church music from an early age, Mr. Williams is experienced in performing, teaching, and directing choirs as well as experience conducing instrumental ensembles. His speciality is in the area  of Gregorian change and polyphony in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. He also has had extensive involvement in planning of liturgical celebrations of the Mass, the Divine Office and Priestly Ordinations, and has served as organist for several parishes.


Martinho Isidro Correia is an established artist and teacher and a graduate of the European University/Pontifical Athenaeum, 'Regina Apostolorum' in Rome, the University of Calgary, the University of British Colombia in Vancouver, and Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. His work is in private collections internationally with his work "Anastasis" is in the collection of Cardinal Piacenza in the Vatican. 


Michael Accad practices cardiology and internal medicine privately in San Francisco and holds a part-time clinical faculty appointment at the University of California San Francisco. He has a special interest between the Faith and Aristotelian-Thomistic natural philosophy and modern science, medicine, economics. He publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals of medicine, ethics and philosophy. 


Fr. Paul was born the youngest of 11 children to Mary and Joseph Moreau in Victoria BC, Canada. After graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California (BA), he returned to the College to serve as Assistant Director of Admissions and co-leader of freshman and sophomore seminars. Fr. Moreau was ordained in 2002 following philosophy and theology studies at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome, and apostolic internships as assistant of novices and vice rector of the Cheshire seminary of the Legionaries of Christ. After ordination, Fr. Moreau served as chaplain of both Woodmont Academy and Holy Spirit Preparatory School. In June of 2011, Fr. Moreau began serving as a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta at St. Michael the Archangel in Woodstock, followed by St. Joseph's Parish in Dalton. he now serves as parochial vicar at St. Joseph's Parish in Athens, Georgia. Fr. Moreau is a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and State Chaplain for the Georgia chapter of the Knights on Bikes.


Rev. Carnazzo is a priest in the Melkite Catholic Church of America and Pastor of St. Elias Melkite Parish in San Jose. He's a graduate of Cal poly San Luis Obispo (BS) and the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom University (MA), and the Catholic University of America (PhD). His dissertation was published under the title Seeing Blood and Water: A Narrative Critical of John 19:34. 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 and is an adjunct lecturer in Sacred Scripture for the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom University and the academic director for the deacon program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His first courses for Pontifex University are The New Testament in Words and Images, The Bible and the Liturgy, and The Old Testament in Words and Images.