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Anthony Lilles, STD

Academic Dean






BA, Theology – Franciscan University
STL – Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
STD, Spiritual Theology – Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas


Anthony Lilles, S.T.D. has served the Church and assisted in the formation of clergy since 1994, and now previously served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Academic Dean of St. John’s, associate professor of theology and Academic Advisor of Juan Diego House. The son of a California farmer, married with young adult children, he holds a BA in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with both the ecclesiastical licentiate and doctorate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum). He was a founding faculty member of Saint John Vianney Seminary in Denver where he also served as academic dean, department chair, director of liturgy and coordinator of spiritual formation for the permanent deacon program. He has recently published Hidden Mountain Secret Garden, Omaha: Discerning Hearts (2012) and co-authored with Dan Burke 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road (2015). He blogs at www.beginningtopray.com and www.rcspirtualdirection.com.