Administration and Faculty
Pontifex University Administration & Faculty
Monsignor Edward J. Dillon,
Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer
Frank Hanna III,
Gareth N. Genner,
Father Paul Moreau,
Fr. Josh Allen, S.T.L., is a graduate of Georgia Tech (BS Management, 1999) who worked for six years as a private equity analyst for a firm based in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. before applying for and being accepted to seminary. He studied philosophy for two years at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. The following five years Fr. Allen spent in Rome, Italy at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. During that time he earned a Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in Patristics from the same institution. His research was in Eschatology in the Thought of St. Gregory the Great.
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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.
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Christopher Carstens is Director of the Office of 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.
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Monsignor Edward J. Dillon, J.C.D., is Chancellor of Holy Spirit College as well as one of the College's founders. He attended graduate school at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., where he earned three degrees in canon law, including a doctorate. He studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick's College in Carlow, Ireland and was ordained in 1967. Msgr. Dillon also has served as the pastor of one of the most dynamic and vibrant parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Holy Spirit parish, since his appointment in 1987, becoming its full-time pastor in 1997.
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 the 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.
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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
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
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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.
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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
Fr. Gaston Giacinti, IVE holds a Bachelors and Masters Equivalent in Philosophy and Theology from the Santa Maria Madre de Dios - San Rafael, Argentina.
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Fr. Jeffery Kirby, STD, is a priest of the Diocese of Charleston. He shepherds two parishes in north-central South Carolina and is an adjunct professor of theology at Belmont Abbey College. Fr. Kirby holds a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome and a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. In 2016, he received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor, for his work in virtue formation and leadership development among local communities in the state. Fr. Kirby has authored several books including, Lord, Teach Us to Pray and Doors of Mercy: A Journey Through Salvation History. He writes a weekly spirituality column for Crux and a bi-weekly Question-and-Answer column for the Catholic Miscellany.
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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.
Matthew Williams holds a degree in music from
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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
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.
Michel 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 in the Faith and Aristotelian-Thomistic natural philosophy and modern science, medicine, economics. He publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals of medicine, ethics, and philosophy.
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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
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.
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 (
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Fr. Timothy Van Zee, IVE holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Literature
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.
Anthony Visco is the director of the Atelier for the Sacred Arts and graduated from the University of the Arts where he received the Fulbright-Hayes Grant to travel and study in Florence, Italy. In 1975, he was awarded the Elizabeth T.