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
Fr. Andres Ayla, IVE teaches the course Philosophy of Knowledge and holds Bachelors and Masters Equivalents in Philosophy and Theology from Santa Maria Madre de Dios from San Rafael, Argentina.
Fr. Brian L. Dinkel, IVE was born in Victoria, Kansas and attended his undergraduate at Kansas State University. He then earned a Masters in Physical Therapy from Wichita State University before entering the Institute of the Incarnate Word's novitiate in Mt. Rainer, MD in 2005. Fr. Dinkel was ordained to the priesthood on May 31th, 2013, after completing his philosophical and theological studies at the Institute's seminary in Maryland and earning a licentiate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Fr. Dinkel is currently serving as the pastor at Our Lady of Peace, located in Santa Clara, CA.
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.
Fr. Christopher B. Etheridge, IVE, was born and raised in Daphne, Alabama. Upon Graduating from Fairhope High School (Alabama) Fr. Etheridge attended the University of Alabama for one year before entering the Institute of the Incarnate Word's novice in Mt. Rainier, MD. After completing the philosophical and theological curriculum at the Institute's seminary in Washington, DC, Fr. Etheridge was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 2016. He also holds a BA in Theology from Catholic Distance University and is currently working on his Graduate degree in Sacred Scripture through the same university. Fr. Etheridge currently serves as Vice Rector and Dean of Studies at the Venerable Fulton Sheen Seminary and Parochial Vicar of SSt. John Baptist de la Salle, both located in Chillum, MD.
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.
Fr. Gaston Giacinti, IVE holds a Bachelors and Masters Equivalent in Philosophy and Theology from the Santa Maria Madre de Dios - San Rafael, Argentina.
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'.
Fr. Joseph LoJacono, IVE teaches Bioethics and Patristic Theology and holds a Bachelor's of Art in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Master's of Theology from Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology with a focus on contraception according to early Church Fathers from the John Paul II Institute in Washington DC. Fr. LoJacono is also a Candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy with a focus in Bioethics from the Maryville Institute with Liverpool Hope University.
Fr. Jonathon Dumlao, IVE holds a Bachelor's of Science in Management Information Systems and a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.
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.
Fr. Mariano Vichi, IVE, was born in Mendoza, Argentina and attended Ingeniero Ricardo Videla High School. Fr. Vicchi entered the Institute of the Incarnate Word's novitiate in 1997 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 29th, 2003, after completing his philosophical and theological studies at the Institute's seminary in San Rafael, Argentina. He joined the province of the Immaculate Conception in 2003. IN 2012, he earned a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Divine Mercy University (The Institute for Psychological Sciences, Arlington, Virginia. Fr. Vicchi served as the Master of Novices from 2004-2012 and is currently the rector at the Venerable Fulton Sheen Seminary, located in Chillum, MD.
Fr. Marcelo Navarro, IVE holds a Bachelors and Masters equivalent in Philosophy and Theology from Santa Maria Madre de Dios in San Rafael, Argentina and a Doctor of Philosophy with a focus in Thomistic Epistemology from the Maryville Institute with Liverpool Hope University.
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. Nathaniel James Dreyer, I.V.E. was born and raised in Ypsilanti, MI. After graduating from Fr. Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, he attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he graduated with a degree in Spanish, Biology, and Czech, and entered the Institute of the Incarnate Word in September of 2007. Ordained to the priesthood on May 30th, 2015, after completing his philosophical and theological studies at the Institute's seminary in Maryland and a licentiate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Fr. Dreyer currently serves as secretary to the provincial superior, adjunct faculty at the Institute's seminary, and as coordinator of the English-language division of the Cornelio Fabro Cultural Project.
Fr. Paul Moreau 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.
Fr. Pablo Bonelli, IVE holds a Licentiate of Sacred Theology with a focus in Sacred Liturgy, from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute Sant' Anselmo in Rome, Italy.
Fr. Richard Yevchak, IVE holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego, a Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University, and a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.
Rev. Sebastian 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.
Fr. Timothy Van Zee, IVE holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Literature form the University of Redlands and a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.
Fr. Walter Mallo, IVE holds a Bachelors and Masters equivalent in Philosophy and Theology from Santa Maria Madre de Dios in San Rafael, Argentina.
Fr. William Duraney, IVE holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum and a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.