Program Directors

Christopher D. Owens, S.T.L. (cand.)

Chris is married with three children, and is currently enrolled at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas ("the Angelicum") in Rome, where he is pursuing a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) with a concentration in Thomistic theology, in particular investigating the question of predestination in the early Thomist school. Concurrent to, and in support of, his S.T.L. studies, he is also pursuing a postgraduate diploma in Medieval Studies. Chris completed his Masters in Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria, where his thesis was on the question of the liturgy as a theological source, as understood in the Church Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas. Originally from North Carolina, Chris previously worked at the Maryvale Higher Institute for Religious Sciences in Birmingham, England. Additionally, he has spent a number of years in pastoral work, such as youth mission work in Scotland, university chaplaincy work in England, and also working as a director of religious education at a parish in Wyoming. In his free time, he likes to do a bit of photography.

John P. Joy, S.T.L.

John is married with five children, and is currently teaching philosophy and theology at La Lumiere School in Indiana. He is also pursuing a Doctorate in Sacred Theology with the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He obtained Master's (S.T.M.) and Licentiate (S.T.L.) degrees at the International Theological Institute in Trumau (near Vienna), Austria, writing on St. Thomas's doctrine of the atonement and on the extension of papal infallibility. He received his Baccalaureate (B.Phil.) in 2005 from Ave Maria College, where he majored in Theology with a minor in Classical Languages & Early Christian Literature.

Louis M. Bolin, S.T.L.

Louis received his Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California, where he studied the Liberal Arts with a course load equivalency to a double major in Theology and Philosophy. He submitted and defended a senior thesis entitled "Does God Play Dice? A Consideration of St. Thomas's Argument for Contingency in Nature," and was awarded highest honors by his defence board. In 2010, he graduated summa cum laude from the International Theological Institute, receiving his Masters degree in Sacred Theology (S. T. M. / Mag. theol.) with a thesis entitled "Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus: A Theological and Philosophical Examination of the Teaching of the Church." And in 2012 he completed his Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) at the same Institute.

Daniel Lendman, S.T.L.

A married father of three, Daniel is currently pursuing a Doctorate in theology at Ave Maria University in Florida. He was graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in 2006. Daniel went on to receive his Masters degree in Philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. He likewise received both a Masters and Licentiate degree in Theology from the International Theological Institute in Austria, where he wrote his thesis on the resurrection of Christ as the efficient cause of the resurrection of all mankind. Additionally, Daniel was invited to participate in the Aquinas Institute Summer programs in 2008 and 2009 for advanced studies in Theology. Daniel taught at Santa Clara High School for four years, where he also served as the Department Chair of the Religion Department.

Guest Tutors 2016

Fr. Thomas Crean OP, S.T.D.

Fr. Crean is a Dominican of the English Province. He was educated at St Columbas’s College, St Albans from 1984-1991, and at St John’s College, Oxford. He received a BA Degree (First Class) in Philosophy & Theology in 1995. He was awarded the Lectorate in Sacred Theology at Blackfriars, Oxford, in 1999 and a Licence in Sacred Theology from the Institute of St Thomas Aquinas in Toulouse, 2002. He entered the Dominican Order in September 1995, being solemnly professed in September 1999. He was ordained to the priesthood in July 2001. Since completing further studies with the Dominicans in Toulouse, he has lived in Leicester, London and Cambridge and has worked in parochial ministry, as a university chaplain, and as Catholic chaplain to the Leicester Royal Infirmary. He received his doctorate in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Austria. He is currently living in Leicester and engaged on a translation of Humbert of Romans' Commentary on the Rule of St. Augustine. His publications include A Catholic Replies to Professor Dawkins and The Mass and the Saints. His articles have appeared in The Mass of Ages, Living Tradition, Christian Order, Apropos, FAITH and the Catholic Herald.

Fr. Yosyp Veresh, S.T.D.

Rev. Dr. Yosyp Veresh is a Byzantine Catholic priest of the Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Mukachevo (Ukraine). He studied philosophy and theology in the Ukraine, Austria, Oxford (England) and Krakow (Poland) where he completed his doctorate in 2010. Since 2005 he taught theology at the International Theological Institute (ITI) in Gaming/Trumau, (Austria) where, in 2010-2015, he was acting as Dozent for Patrology and Eastern Christian Studies and as Director of the Centre of Eastern Christian Studies. His research and teaching interests are patristict theology and anthropology, Christian marriage and family, ascetical and mystical theology in the Christian East. Since 2015 Fr. Veresh serves as Academic and Spiritual Director of the Language and Catechetical Institute Mission Outreach Program in Gaming (Austria), and is a Visiting Lecturer in Eastern Christian Studies, at the Theology and Philosophy Faculty of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, (Ukraine).

Peter A. Kwasniewski, Ph.D.

Peter A. Kwasniewski, born in Chicago, holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After eight years as an assistant professor at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria and a lecturer for the Austrian Program of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, he joined the founding team of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he teaches philosophy, theology, music, and art history, and leads both a mixed choir and a men’s Gregorian schola. In addition, he is a board member and scholar of The Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine, which is publishing the Opera Omnia of the Angelic Doctor. As part of this project, Kwasniewski is editing and annotating the first complete translation of Book IV of St. Thomas’s Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard.

Kwasniewski has taught and written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, especially the life and work of Saint Thomas, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church. He has published over 500 articles in popular and scholarly journals, and contributes regularly to weblogs such as New Liturgical Movement, Rorate Caeli, and OnePeterFive. He has published two books with The Catholic University of America Press, Wisdom’s Apprentice and On Love and Charity, as well as a volume of music for liturgical use, Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014). His latest book, Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church (Angelico Press, 2014), is being translated into eight languages.

He lives in Lander, Wyoming, with his wife, their son and daughter, a Russian Blue cat, and a host of early music instruments.

Br. Evagrius Hayden, S.T.M.

Br. Evagrius was born in Bozeman, Montana. He attended Montana Tech of the University of Montana pursuing a degree in Mathematics, but then went on to complete his Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts at Thomas Aquinas College, California. After graduating in 2008, he transfered to Italy to become a Benedictine monk at the monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, Umbria. There he made final profession in 2012. In 2015 he completed his Masters in Theology at the International Theological Institute in Austria graduating Summa cum Laude. His Master's thesis was entitled “Wisdom Has Built Herself a Home - Evagrius Ponticus and The Wisdom of Creation".

Guest Tutors from Previous Summers 

Kyle A. Washut, S.T.L.

Having worked in nuclear missile silos, coal mines, landscaping, wilderness trail grooming, and street performer venues, Kyle has most recently settled to work at Wyoming Catholic College, where he served as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Student Life, and now is a professor of theology.  He has an Associates of Arts in Political Science, a second in Spanish and French from Casper College. He received a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, and then graduated summa cum laude with a master's in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria, before going on to complete his Licentiate at the same Institute. As a Ukrainian Catholic, Kyle is especially interested in the differences and similarities of the Eastern and Western theological traditions, and to that end has concentrated especially in the history and theology of the Early Church, and the theology and exegesis of St. Thomas Aquinas.