Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics?
Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?
Currently, 100% of faculty are practicing Catholics.
Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution?
Are members of your teaching faculty expected, as a condition of employment, to respect Catholic teaching and comply with Catholic morality in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?
Please identify key undergraduate faculty who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):
Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.
Father David Bellusci belongs to the Dominican Order. He has taught philosophy in English and French for the last five years at the Dominican University College in Ottawa. He has also taught philosophy in Colombia and India. His research has focused on St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Italian Renaissance/16th century Humanism. His doctoral research in philosophy explored the subject of God’s love, and his revised dissertation has been published into a book, Amor Dei in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. His Master’s in moral theology handled the problem of addiction, employing a Thomistic anthropology and ethics.
B.A. University of Toronto; M.A. University of Calgary; M.F.A. University of Nebraska; M.A. Th. and Ph.D. Dominican University College. His areas of teaching and writing include History of Ideas, Philosophy of Culture, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of God, Saint Augustine, and Thomist ethics.
Fr. Bellusci’s creative interest is poetry and his first book of poems will be released in Autumn, 2016. He is a member of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, and the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. He writes philosophy book reviews for Science et Esprit, and a monthly philosophy column for the BC Catholic.
Dr. Andrew Kaethler
Dr. Andrew Kaethler grew up in the British Columbia, but spent the last eight years living in Europe. He received a B.A. in Christianity and Culture from TWU as well as an M.A. in Religion, Culture, and Ethics. His M.A. thesis, which was published, was titled The Synthesis of Athens and Jerusalem: George Grant’s Defense Against Modernity. At LCC International University, Andrew taught philosophy, theology, and cross-listed English/theology courses for four years and during this time discovered his love and passion for teaching. After four years and two additional children he moved to St Andrews, Scotland, where he spent four years working on a Ph.D. in systematic theology at the University of St Andrews. The Ph.D. thesis, titled Eschatology and Personhood: Alexander Schmemann and Joseph Ratzinger in Dialogue, was completed in Spring 2015.
Publications include “The (Un)Bounded Peculiarity of Death: The Relational Implication of Temporality in Alexander Schmemann and Joseph Ratzinger” in Modern Theology; “‘I Become a Thousand Men and yet Remain Myself’: Self-Love in Joseph Ratzinger and Georges Bernanos” in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture; “Freedom in Relationship: Joseph Ratzinger and Alexander Schmemann in Dialogue” in New Blackfriars; and “Eucharistic Anthropology: Alexander Schmemann’s Conception of Beings in Time” in The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person.
Dr. Brook Herbert
She received degrees in Education and English Literature at the University of British Columbia in 1970. From there she attended Regent College, where she received her Diploma in Theological Studies, followed by a Master’s in Theological Studies, majoring in Spiritual Theology. Ultimately she received her degree as Doctor of Theology from the University of South Africa at Pretoria in the year 2000. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Resurrection of Beauty for a Post Modern Church.”
B.Ed. (Univ. of British Columbia); M.C.S. (Regent College, Van.); D.Th. (Univ. of South Africa). Dr. Herbert holds a Mandatum from the Archbishop of Vancouver to teach Catholic Theology.
Sr. Gabriella Yi, O.P.
Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P., is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia from Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Seoul, Korea, she grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Arts in the Great Books Program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and teacher certification from Aquinas College in Nashville. After teaching in Catholic schools and studying in the Master of Arts Program at the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, she was sent to Rome to complete her graduate studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), where she received her Doctorate in Sacred Theology in 2013.
B.A. (St. John’s College, Annapolis); Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification (Aquinas College, Nashville); S.T.B. (Angelicum, Rome); S.T.L. (Angelicum, Rome); S.T.D. (Angelicum, Rome).
Dr. Germain McKenzie
Germain McKenzie is a Peruvian-Canadian theologian who holds a B.Th. and a MTS/M.Div. from the Pontifical School of Theology of Lima, Peru. He received a Ph.D. in Religion and Culture from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
He has lectured on topics related to Catholic Theology and the Social Teaching of the Church at different universities in Latin America and the United States. His current research interests include the contemporary conditions for belief in the West and new evangelization; the secular and post-secular debate; and the pre-conditions for a dialogue between theology and sociology. Broadly speaking, his theoretical approach wants to bridge theology and the social sciences, with a focus on ethical issues.
He has worked as General Editor of the Latin American journal Revista VE, where he has published some peer-reviewed articles on social ethics: “Medellin: 30 Years After” and “John Paul II’s Reconciliation Proposal for Latin America.” He has also conducted several interviews and written numerous reviews for the same journal. Forthcoming publications by Dr. McKenzie are “Buddhism in Peru,” which is an entry in the Handbook of Latin American Religions, and Taylorean Sociology. Charles Taylor’s View of Secularization in Comparison, a book based on McKenzie’s doctoral dissertation, is to be published by Springer.
Dr. McKenzie is an activist for Catholic-inspired social change in Latin America. He has served poor communities in the shanty towns of Lima, Peru, for more than 10 years. As a member of the Board of Solidarity Experiences Abroad, a Canadian Non-for-Profit that organizes solidarity trips for Canadian university students travelling to Latin America and Africa, he has collaborated with grass-roots organizations to promote development and social justice.