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Jeffrey P. Froula, PhD

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology

Email

jeffrey.froula@stpsu.edu

Phone

(650)319-7162

Education

B.A. (Liberal Arts) - Thomas Aquinas College

M.A. (Theology) – International Theological Institute, Gaming, Austria

Ph.D. (Theology) – Ave Maria University

Dissertation: “Ave Crux Spes Unica: Saint Thomas Aquinas’s Teaching on Christ as the Source of Hope”

Academic Interests

The Theological Method and Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas; Catholic Social Teaching; Bioethics; The Theological Virtues

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Bio

Originally from Yuba City, CA (Diocese of Sacramento), Dr. Froula received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, an M.A. in Theology with an Emphasis on Marriage and the Family from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and his Ph.D. (major in Systematic Theology, minor in Moral Theology) from Ave Maria University. His scholarly interests include the theology of Thomas Aquinas, the theology of Christian perfection, and the relationship between moral and systematic theology. It has long been his dream to teach at a Catholic seminary, and he considers it an honor and a privilege to participate in the great work of forming future priests.

Conference/Workshop Presentations

"Christological Continuity in Ignatius of Antioch and Thomas Aquinas," Thomas Aquinas and the Greek Fathers, Ave Maria University, Ave Maria Florida, January 26-27, 2018 

"Nuns ‘Who Would Be Mary and Martha’: Action and Contemplation in Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity,” Mother Teresa and the Mystics: Toward a Renewal of Spiritual Theology, Ave Maria University, Ave Maria Florida, February 11, 2017.

 “St. Thomas’s Understanding of the Role of Christ in the Moral Life,” 51st Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Thomas Aquinas Society Sessions, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2016.

 “Joy as the Goal and Meaning of Life According to the Teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas,” Influential Joy: Gaudium et Spes to Evangelii Gaudium, 4th Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization, Atchison, KS, March 27, 2015.

Selected Publications

“Lumen Fidei and the Indispensability of God's Love for us as an Object of Faith,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review, (4/8/2017).

“Aquinas on the Moral Neutrality of the Passion of Despair,” New Blackfriars, vol. 97 (May 2016): 308-324.

“The Passions: Some Key Thomistic Distinctions,”   Published in Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity, ed. Hittinger, John P. and Daniel C. Wagner, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015: 145-152.

 

“The Structure of the Summa: What it Reveals About Christ’s Role in the Moral Life,” Angelicum vol. 90.2 (2013): 343-370.