Dr. Anthony Lilles (Academic Dean)


  • Forward, Fr. Jean laFrance. Give Peace to My Soul: Discover Elizabeth of the Trinity's Secret of Prayer. trans . Florestine Audette, Boston, MA: Pauline Books and Media (new revised edition, 2019)

Public Lectures

  • 2019 St. John of the Cross and Von Balthasar, Renewing Formation Symposium, Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park,CA

Retreats given 

  • 2020 Heart of the World, Retreat St. Clare's Retreat Center, Soquel, CA
  • 2019 Advent Retreat for the Monks of Mt. Tabor, Redwood Valley, CA
  • 2019 Seminar Retreat on St. Hildegard von Bingen, Discerning Hearts, Schuyler, NB, Director
  • 2019 Triduum Mystery of Prayer, Retreat. St. Clare's Retreat Center, Soquel, CA

Pilgrimage Leader 

  • 2020 The Holy Land In the Footsteps of Elijah, John Paul II Center for Contemplative Culture and the Community of the Beatitudes
  • 2019 Pilgrimage to France, Avila Institute of Spiritual Formation
  • 2019 Pilgrimage to Medjugorje and Croatia, Medjugorje Prayer Group at Santa Clara Parish

Dr. Kevin Clarke (Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture)

  • At the request of Vladimir Cvetkovic, I provided scholars with translations for an upcoming Maximus the Confessor conference on the Opuscula in February 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Invited to give two 45-minute lectures at the conference The lncarnation in the Eucharist, Sacred Liturgy Conference at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.: "Fleshly Veil, Precious Blood: Participation in the Melchizedekian Priest-Victim of Hebrews," and "Word, Flesh, Glory: The Gospel of the Incarnation" (upcoming in June 9 and 11, 2020).
  • Presentation delivered: "The: Craftsmanship of God and Σοφια vs. the Evil Craft of ldolaters in the Wisdom of Solomon," Wisdom in a Greek Register: Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions, Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2019).
  • Popular essay published: "The Houston Astros, Digital Espionage, and the Harsh Demands of Justice," Church Life Journal, University of Notre Dame (Dec. 9, 2019).
  • Abstract accepted: ''Maximus the Confessor's Anti-Severan Polemics in the Opuscula," North American Patristics Society, Chicago, Ill. (upcoming in May 21-23) Spring semester, 2020
  • Abstract accepted: ''The Rule of Faith: A Pious Fiction or a Necessary First Principle?" Development of Doctrine: Revelation, Magisterium, and Human Person, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (upcoming in June 18-20, 2020).

Dr. Francis E. Feingold (Assistant Professor of Philosophy)

  • "Jacques Maritain and the 'Wounding of God'." Forthcoming in the American Maritain Association's 29th volume (title TBD), edited by James Keating, to be published by The Catholic University of America Press (2020).
  • "Aquinas on Angelic Knowledge of the Actual Existence of Contingent Things." Forthcoming in Summa metaphysicae ad mentem sancti Thomae: In Honor of Msgr.John F. Wippel, edited by Therese Cory and Gregory Doolan, to be published by The Catholic University of America Press.
  • "Personalism and the Common Good." Paper accepted to be delivered at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Maritain Association entitled ''Whose Thomism? Which Tradition?" hosted by Franciscan University and Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (March 5-7, 2020).
  • "'Being-Moved': The Passivity of Spiritual Affections in von Hildebrand and Aquinas." Paper invited to be delivered at a colloquium on Dietrich von Hildebrand's emotion theory, to be held at the University of Dallas in Dallas, Tex. (Feb. 27-29, 2020).
  • "Is the Concept a Quality? An Objection to the 'Formal Concept'/'Objective Concept' Distinction." Delivered at the 2019 Annual ACPA Meeting entitled "A Perennial Philosophy of Nature," hosted by the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Nov. 21-24, 2019), at a session sponsored by the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism.
  • "Metaphysical Bridges: A Teleological Response to the Twinning Argument for Delayed Hominizatio n." Delivered at the 2019 Annual ACPA Meeting entitled "A Perennial Philosophy of Nature," hosted by the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Nov. 21-24, 2019), at a session sponsored by the ACPA.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Froula (Assistant Professor of Moral Theology)

  • "The Coherence of the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching as Developed by the Magisterium" Accepted for: Development of Doctrine: Revelation, Magisterium, and Human Reason, Cedar Rapids IA, Sponsored by The Sacra Doctrina Project with Mount Mercy University, June 18-20, 2020
  • "Revelation, Faith, and Theology in St. Thomas Aquinas," Aquinas the Biblical Theologian, Ave Maria University, sponsored by the Aquinas Center & the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, February 7, 2019.
  • Aquinas's Ontology of the Material World: Change, Hylomorphism, & Material Objects, by Jeffrey E. Brower. The Heythrop Journal Volume 60, Number !(January 2019): 122.

Dr. Nina S. Heereman (Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture; Chair of Sacred Scripture Department)

  • Recuperating the Song of Songs as Religious Poetry. Building a Bridge from Composition to Canon, in P. VAN HECKE (ed.), The Song of Songs in Its Context: Word for Love, Love for Words (BETL), Leuven, Peeters, 2020, forthcoming.
  • ,,Bei Euch soil es nicht so sein.., Tagespost, 29. Januar 2020.
  • Applied Biblical Conferences, July 24-26, 2020, Steubenville, USA (1) "You Have Excelled them All" (Prov. 30:29): Incarnating Wisdom in the Woman. (2) "I sought to take her as my bride." (Wisdom 8:2). On the Spousal Role of Wisdom in the Life of the Sage.
  • Jan - February 2020, Crash Course on the Gospel of John for the novices of the Missionaries of Charity, San Francisco (4 x 3hours).
  • January 19, 2020 Introduction to the Song of Songs, on: Radio Horeb Germany (this will be a monthly Lectio Divina on the Song of Song for an indefinite time). December 1, 2019 Introduction to the 2. Book of Samuel, on Radio Maria Austria. November 2, 2019 Introduction to the I. Book of Samuel, on Radio Maria Austria.

Fr. Goran Jovicic, PhD, JCL (Adjunct Professor of Dogmatic Theology)

  • January 9111, 2020 Completion and submission of the J.C.D. doctoral dissertation under the title, "The International Legal Personality of the Holy See and the Vatican State with Special Reference to Their Status at the United Nations" (Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Hungary, Budapest)

Dr. John Macias (Assistant Professor of Philosophy)


  • ''The State of the Seminary and Reasons for Hope," 30 January 2020, Catholic World Report, https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/01/30/ the-state-of-the-seminary-and-reasons-for­ hope/
  • "The Liberal Arts amid Contemporary Social Structures: The Case of Frodo Baggins," in Leisure and Labor: Essays on the Liberal Arts in Catholic Higher Education, ed. Anthony P. Coleman (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2020), 91-103.
  • "Brebeuf and the Two Competing Views of Education," 19 August 2019 https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/08/19/brcbeuf-and-the-two-competing-views-of-education/

Book Reviews

  • "Marxism, Ethics and Politics: The Work of Alasdair MacIntyre, by John Gregson." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 93, issue 4, Fall 2019, pp.757-759.


  • "The Common Good of Political Society: A Possible Way forward between Traditional and New Natural Law," American Maritain Association, 43,c1 Annual Meeting, March 5-7, 2020, Pittsburgh, PA
  • "A Common Ground in Nature: A Point of Contact between St. Thomas Aquinas and Karl Marx," To What End? Narratives, Institutions, and Practices. De Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, July 25-27, 2019.
  • • "Natural Law," Zephyr Institute, Palo Alto, CA, 2/25/20

Rev. Pius Pietrzyk, OP (Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies; Chair of Pastoral Studies Department)

  • Celebrate Mass at Nativity and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes and at the Dominican Monastery in Menlo Park.
  • A member of the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors
  • Delivered short presentations on the canon law for religious to the Dominican Novices in Cincinnati, OH and to the Dominican Nuns in Summit, NJ
  • Asked by the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal of Portland in Oregon to provide pro bono canonical advocacy in an appeal case
  • Participated in the annual Liturgical Conference in Spokane, WA in 2019 and the 2019 Symposium on the work of Judge John Noonan at the Robbins Collection at the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Took a lead role in the public opposition to the so-called "California Confession Bill", which included writing an article, giving interviews, and preparing testimony before the California Assembly.
  • Served as Censor Librorium for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Rev. Loreto Rojas, Jr. (Instructor of Pastoral Studies / Director of Field Education)

  • Presentation on Principles of Catechesis and Modem Pedagogy at Archdiocesan Catechists' Day on August 11, 2019
  • Presentation on Modem Saints; Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus - Catechists' Boot camp at Santa Clara Religious Education Congress on November 29 - December 1, 2019
  • Retreat Presentation on Ministry and Spirituality to Cursillo groups of Sacramento and Oakland on August 10, 2019
  • Lecture on Our Call to Conversion to Diocese of San Jose School of Leaders on October 18, 2019

Dr. Margaret M. Turek (Professor of Dogmatics; Director of the MA in Theology Program)

  • Article: "Forgiveness and Atonement: A 'Patrogenetic' Process," Communio: International Catholic Review. Forthcoming in Summer, 2020.
  • Book: Atonement: Soundings in Biblical, Trinitarian, and Spiritual Theology. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, Forthcoming.
  • General Editor of The Balthasar Readers Series published by Ignatius Press. I am the primary editor/commentator of two of the volumes- The Trinity and The Paschal Mystery. The first volume is scheduled for publication in Fall 2020.
  • "Atonement: Soundings in Biblical, Trinitarian, and Spiritual Theology," a paper delivered at the symposium, "Renewing Formation: Towards a New Unity of Theology and Sanctity," at Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, CA, November 9, 2019.
  • Organizer and co-host of the symposium, "Renewing Formation: Towards a New Unity of Theology and Sanctity," co-sponsored by Ignatius Press and the St John Paul Center for Contemplative Culture, at Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, CA, November 7-10, 2019.
  • "The Arts and Evangelization," a 30 minute interview on the archdiocesan television program Mosaic, KPIX Channel 5, with John Grey, aired on July 7 and 28, 2019.
  • "The Beatitudes: Living God's Way," four conferences to be given at the Summer Spirituality Program at St. Patrick's Seminary, June 3-4, 2020.
  • "'He Emptied Himself: Spiritual Poverty and the Spirit of Lent," a conference to be given at the Lentens Speaker Series, St. Cecelia Church, San Francisco, CA, on March 24, 2020.
  • "The Beatitudes: Living God's Way," four conferences to be given at the Day of Formation for the Missionaries of Charity of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, March 13, 2020.
  • "'He Emptied Himself: Spiritual Poverty and the Spirit of Advent," a conference given at the Advent Evening of Reflection, St. Pius Church in Redwood City, CA, on December 4, 2019.
  • "The Beatitudes: Living God's Way," three conferences delivered at the Day of Retreat for the High School Chaplaincy Teams of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, October 16, 2019.
  • "The Way of Discipleship," two conferences given at delivered at the Day of Retreat for the Diaconate Formation Program for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of Oakland, at Our Lady of Mercy in Daly City, CA, August 31, 2019.

Dr. Adrian Walker (Professor of Theology)

  • 2020, "Apperceptions" with Angelico Press
  • "Nexus Indissolubilis: A Balthasarian Augustinian Mediation on the Spousal Embrace," chapter in David S. Crawford, ed. The Body as Anticipatory Sign: Commemorating the Anniversaries of Humane Vitae and Veritatis Splendor (Washington, DC:Humanum,2020)
  • "Sincerum Nui Ipsius Donum, chapter in Antonio López, ed. Enlightening the Mystery of Man: Gaudium et Spes Fifty Years Later (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company,2018)
  • The Power of the Good: On the Royal Calling of the Laity." Invited presentation at "Renewing Formation: Towards a New Unity of Theology and Sanctity," Symposium Retreat held November 7th-10th, 2019 in Menlo Park, CA under the auspices of St. Patrick's Seminary & University.