Theresa Farnan

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Theresa Farnan is a Consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and an adjunct member of the philosophy department at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Previously, she taught in the pre-theology program at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and the diaconate program for the Diocese of Harrisburg. A master catechist for the diocese of Pittsburgh, Theresa has served as a member of several committees on education for the Diocese of Harrisburg and is a frequent lecturer on the theology of the body, the personalism of Pope John Paul II, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, fatherhood and priestly vocations, the vocation and dignity of women, and the virtues. She hosted a television series on EWTN entitled St. Thomas Aquinas in Today’s World and has appeared as a guest on EWTN Live. Theresa co-authored with Dr. Charles Rice of Notre Dame, the book Where did I come from? Where am I going?  How do I get there? She is also the author of “The Dignity and Vocation of Men: Why Masculinity and Fatherhood Matter to Women,” in the new book Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). Theresa received her B.A. summa cum laude in Classics and Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and her master’s degree and doctorate in Medieval Studies from Notre Dame as well.  Theresa is the mother of ten children.