- Contributor Notes
Francis J. Beckwith is professor of philosophy and Church-state studies, and resident fellow in the Institute for the Studies of Religion at Baylor University. The 2008–2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, he has published over eighty journal articles, book chapters, and reference-work entries in the areas of applied ethics, jurisprudence, religion, and politics. A graduate of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (MJS), he holds a PhD in philosophy from Fordham University. His two most recent books are Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009) and Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Peter J. Colosi taught for nine years for Franciscan University of Steubenville at their program in Gaming, Austria. In the fall of 2009, he will join the faculty at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He earned his BS in mathematics from Franciscan University, an MA in Franciscan studies from St. Bonaventure University, and his MPhil and PhD from the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He has written a number of articles on themes within Christian personalism, developing also a critique of contemporary utilitarianism. [End Page 173]
Andrew Hofer, OP, taught at Tangaza College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, before coming to the University of Notre Dame where he is presently a doctoral candidate in theology. He recently published an article on Hans Urs von Balthasar's theological aesthetics of proclamation in Worship, and additional articles in such journals as Vigiliae Christianae, The Thomist, Pro Ecclesia, The Downside Review, and Nova et Vetera.
Bruno M. Shah, OP, is a member of the Province of St. Joseph of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). He is pursuing licentiate studies in theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. Interested in the relationship between theology and literature, he has recently published articles of Christian interpretation on Ian McEwan (New Blackfriars) and John Berryman (Renascence).
Robert Jared Staudt is professor of theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. He recently completed his PhD in theology at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. His dissertation examines the virtue of religion in Aquinas in relation to the themes of justice, law, and charity. He earned his BA and MA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, he conducted research on the thought of Christopher Dawson at the university's special collections library on Dawson.
Christopher J. Thompson, former chair of the department of Catholic studies, currently serves as the academic dean of the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas.
Alice von Hildebrand is professor emeritus at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is the author of The Soul of a Lion (a biography of her late husband, Dietrich von Hilde-brand, with a forward by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger), The Privilege of Being a [End Page 174] Woman, By Love Refined, and other books including books coauthored with her husband, as well as over eighty articles. Her next book, Man and Woman: A Divine Invention, will be published in the summer of 2009. She is a frequent guest on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and lectures extensively throughout the United States and the world. Her work has appeared several times in the pages of Logos.
Constance Woods holds a PhD in Slavic languages and literature from Indiana University. After converting to Catholicism, she continued her religious formation at the Notre Dame Graduate School, Christendom College, earning an MA in theology. Her work has appeared in Communio and The Catholic Faith. She is a member of the St. Catherine of Siena Chapter of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic in Great Falls, Virginia. [End Page 175]