Faculty

Administration

      Frank J. Hanna III, Chancellor

      Gareth N. Genner, President

      Fr. Paul Moreau, Chaplain

      David Clayton, Provost

      Thomas Idzik, Operations Manager

 Andrew Thornton-Norris 

Andrew Thornton-Norris is a graduate of Oxford and London universities and is based in England. He is an acclaimed poet and commentator on literature. 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. He has his own website at www.thornton-norris.com.

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Andrew Wilson Smith

Andrew Wilson Smith is an accomplished sculptor and stone carver. Working in a variety of media including cast bronze, plaster, and stone, Andrew has completed a number of sculpture commissions in both sacred and secular settings. He served several  apprenticeships and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, as well as the Florence Academy of Art. During this time, Smith honed his technical skills and developed a historical perspective on art and aesthetics that continues to guide his work. In addition to his work as an artist, Mr. Smith is deeply involved with Liberal Arts education. 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. Mr. Smith currently serves on the faculty of Gregory the Great Academy, a liberal arts high school for boys in northeastern Pennsylvania. To learn more and to view his work please visit: www.AndrewWilsonSmith.com

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 Anthony Visco

One of the best known Catholic artists in the US, Anthony Visco is the founder and director of the Atelier for the Sacred Arts in Philadelphia. He is an experienced and sought after instructor and lecturer, and each summer he teaches at the Sacred Art School in Florence, Italy. Known for his work in sculpture and relief sculpture as well as paintings, he has had many major commissions including St. 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.  Since 2004 he has acted as fine arts coordinator for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI.

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 Caleb Brown

Caleb Brown is a Master Teacher for Act One's Screenwriting Program which has been preparing Christians for careers in mainstream entertainment for over fifteen years. His own career started in 2009 when he was invited to offer a class called, 'How to Watch a Movie!' to staff and interns at Lin Studio's Warner Bros. office. Caleb's original TV pilot, House of Romanov, is currently under consideration by NBC International. Caleb 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.

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 Carrie Gress

Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. She is the author of two books, Nudging Conversions: A Practical Guide to Bringing Those You Love Back to the Church and Ultimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhood. She is also the co-author with George Weigel of City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Krakow. Her work has been published in Aleteia, Catholic World Report, CatholicVote, The National Catholic Register, Real Clear Religion, and Zenit, and has been translated into seven languages.

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 David Clayton - Provost

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. David is also 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. David is a regular contributor to the New Liturgical Movement website and has published many articles and two books about 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.

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 Fr. Paul Moreau - Chaplain 

Fr. Paul was born the youngest of 11 children to Mary and Joseph Moreau in Victoria BC, Canada. After graduation with a BA from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California he returned to the College to serve as Assistant Director of Admissions and co-leader of freshman and sophomore seminars.  Fr. Paul 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. Paul served as chaplain of both Woodmont Academy and Holy Spirit Preparatory School. In June of 2011, Fr. Paul began serving as a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta at St. Michael The Archangel in Woodstock, followed by St. Joseph Parish in Dalton. He now serves as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Athens, Georgia. Fr Paul is a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and State Chaplain for the Georgia chapter of the Knights on Bikes.

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 Gareth N. Genner - President and Canon Law Tutor 

Gareth N. Genner was the founding President (and is the current Chancellor) of Holy Spirit College, Atlanta. A British lawyer & Commissioner for 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 Sepulchre 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.

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 Geoffrey Yovanovic 

Geoffrey Yovanovic is based in Atlanta where he is a key member of the design team of the architecture firm Norman Davenport Askins, Architect. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and of the University of Notre Dame architecture schools, and is a 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. He is also a graduate of the Way of Beauty Summer Atelier at Thomas More College.

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Martinho Isidro Correia

Martinho Isidro Correia is an established artist and teacher whose work is in private collections in Italy, England, Portugal, Australia, the USA, Canada and Colombia. His painting “Anastasis” is in the collection of Cardinal Piacenza in the Vatican. Martinho is a graduate of the European University/Pontifical Athenaeum, 'Regina Apostolorum' in Rome (Masters in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy), University of Calgary (BFA in Painting), University of British Colombia in Vancouver (B.Ed in Art Education), and Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy (Diploma in Drawing and Painting). Martinho has also studied with Odd Nerdrum (painting), David Kassan (painting) and Glenn Vilppu (anatomy and drawing). Currently Martinho splits his time between Canada and Europe. He has taught at the Angel Academy in Florence for many years.

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 Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo

Rev. Carnazzo is a priest in the Melkite Catholic Church of America and pastor of St. Elias Melkite Parish in San Jose (steliasmelkite.org). He received a BS from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Animal Science with a concentration in veterinary medicine. He went on to earn his MA in Theology with a concentration in Sacred Scripture from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom University, and his PhD in Biblical Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. 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 University and the academic director for the deacon program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, OK. 

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 Christopher Carstens

Christopher Carstens is Director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, a visiting faculty member at Mundelein Seminary and the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, and editor of the Adoremus Bulletin.  Along with Father Douglas Martis, Christopher is the co-author ofMystical Body, Mystical Voice:  Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass(Liturgy Training Publications).  Christopher has a BA, Oratory of St. Philip, Toronto; MA, University of Dallas; MA (Liturgical Studies), The Liturgical Institute, University of Saint Mary of the Lake.

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Deborah Samia

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, CA, and has taught Figure Modeling, Portrait and Ecorche, both on campus and online. She has done a series of commissions including public monuments, private commissions, as well as commercial work such as miniature Figurines, Christmas ornaments, and deluxe Halloween masks. Deborah’s work can be viewed on her website: www.deborahsamia.com.

Keri Wiederspahn

Keri Wiederspahn is an iconographer who received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City and later pursued Christian Russian-Byzantine iconography, studying under the late renowned Russian iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, churches, and museums throughout New England and in private collections internationally. Formerly a senior manager of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Keri is currently director of OQ Farm: A Creative Sanctuary — a new initiative to bring a Christian arts colony into existence that centers around supporting the artist through both creative and spiritual renewal on a 500-acre farm in Bridgewater, Vermont. Her website is www.iconeyestudio.com

Michel Accad MD, writer at Pontifex University blog

Michel Accad

Michel Accad, MD practices cardiology and internal medicine in San Francisco. He has a special interest in the connection between the Faith and Aristotelian-Thomistic natural philosophy on the one hand, and  modern science, medicine, and economics on the other.  He publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals of medicine, ethics, and philosophy.  His blog about health care and medicine is AlertandOriented.com.

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