Fr. Steven Hawkes-Teeples grew up in San Antonio Texas and joined the Catholic Church in 1971, during his first year of college. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1982 and was ordained a priest in 1993. Most of his ministry has been within the Ruthenian Catholic Church (which is known as the Byzantine Catholic Church in the United States). He holds a B.A. & M.A. in French language and literature from the University of Texas Austin, a S.T.P. from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and an S.E.O.L and S.E.O.D. from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. Fr. Stevens has lectured on theology at Canisius College in Buffalo NY, Regis College in Toronto Ontario, the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, and St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to this, he is an avid Welsh-learner who can hold a simple conversation in Welsh. Unbeknownst to many, he has actually celebrated mass and preached in Welsh.
Dr. Roman Zaviyskyy
M.A., S.T.L., D.Phil.
The Rev. Dr Roman Zaviyskyy is currently a dean of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of Ukrainian Catholic University. Rev. Zaviyskyy was born and grew up in Lviv, where he earned an engineering degree. After graduating from the Lviv Theological Academy (now UCU) in 1999, Rev. Zaviyskyy earned a master’s degree and licentiate at the Catholic University of Leuven (formerly known as Louvain) in Belgium. He then taught theology at UCU and in 2005 started doctoral studies at Oxford. In July 2011 he become the first Ukrainian citizen to defend a doctorate in theology at Oxford University. Zaviyskyy is also a trustee of Ukr-Aid, a charitable organization.
Professor Johannes Hoff
M.A., Dipl.Theol., Ph.D., Habil.
Johannes Hoff is Professor of Systematic Theology at Heythrop College in the University of London. Prior to that he was Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter (now TSD University of Wales), and programme director of the MTh in Systematic and Philosophical Theology.
Born in the oldest city of Germany, Trier, he received his undergraduate and postgraduate education in philosophy and theology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Subsequently he taught more than ten years as research fellow and associate professor of Fundamental Theology at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Tübingen. He was awarded his Doctorate and Habilitation in Fundamental Theology during this time, and became a member of the professorial board (PD) of the Universität Tübingen in 2007. In his earliest publications he engaged with bioethical questions. His first book “Wann ist der Mensch tot?”, together with Jürgen in der Schmitten, was awarded as “Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres” (Scientific book of the year) in 1994.
Rev. Dr Aidan Nichols
M.A., Ph.D., S.T.L., S.T.M.
Born in 1948, entered the Dominican Order in 1970, ordained priest in 1976, Aidan Nichols has the honorary status of Affiliated Lecturer in the University of Cambridge. He has also taught at the Pontifical University of St Thomas, Rome; St Mary’s College, Oscott; and Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. He has published some thirty books, and over seventy articles.
Senior Professor John Saward
John Saward has previously been Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the International Theological Institute (a Papal institute of graduate theology in Gaming, Austria). Born in Middlesex in 1947, he is married with three daughters. Having read Philosophy and Psychology at St John’s College, Oxford, from 1965 to 1968, he went on to study Theology and to train for the Anglican ministry at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He was ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1972. In 1973 he was awarded a M. Litt. in theology, for which he had submitted a thesis on ‘The Theology of Death’ under the supervision of Father Cornelius Ernst OP of Blackfriars, Oxford.
After two years as a curate in Lancashire, Saward returned to Oxford in 1974 as Chaplain and Junior Research Fellow in Theology at Lincoln College. In 1979 he and his family were received into the Catholic Church at Campion Hall, Oxford. From 1980 to 1992 Saward was Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at Ushaw College and from 1992 to 1998 Professor of Systematic Theology at St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, USA.
Saward is the author of eight books and many booklets, articles, and contributions to collected works. Saward was ordained deacon on 21st June 03 and was ordained priest (for the Archdiocese of Birmingham) later in the year.
Born in Dublin, the Rev. Professor Thomas O’Loughlin began his life in universities when he did a B.A. in philosophy and medieval history in University College Dublin. Immediately after that he began work on his B.D. in theology from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. By this stage he knew he wanted to do research in early medieval thought, and did an M. Phil. in medieval studies concentrating on the cultural influences on the thought of Plotinus and Augustine. During the time he was doing the M.Phil. he became increasingly aware of the need to be skilled in languages of late antiquity and in palaeography – and entering the world of manuscripts was, though he did not realize it at the time, going to be a major step in his way of looking at the world, while at the same time his interests were moving ever more towards historical theology. Despite the fact that historical theology tends to look at the distant past, it is one of the younger theological disciplines – when he was an undergraduate it was still fashionable in some quarters to dismiss it as little more than ‘context of’ or noise in an ‘unchanging’ body of doctrines – and, therefore, one of the more exciting approaches to take in the study of Christianity.
Dr Trevor Siemens
B.Sc., B.Mus., M.Mus., Ph.D.
Dr Trevor Siemens is a contemporary classical composer whose work explores the drama of musical transformation in a search for the beauty and violence that exists in that moment between silence and sound. His inspiration comes from diverse sources, though much of his music draws upon a medieval European tradition, transformed through gestures that exploit the spectral properties of the sound. Most importantly he looks to compose music with immediacy, music that engages both performer and listener. Trevor’s formal music education started relatively late, after completing a Science degree and studies in Medicine at the University of Manitoba he went on to study music at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. At McGill, he studied composition with John Rea, Alcides Lanza and Denys Bouliane, and voice with Jan Simons. He pursued further study in composition with John Casken and Geoff Poole, and was awarded a Masters in Composition from Manchester in 1999 and a PhD from the University of Bristol in 2008. In addition to composition Trevor is also active as a choral conductor, and has been Head of Music at the King David High School in Manchester, UK since 2002.
Sophia, a former pupil of St David’s Catholic College in Cardiff, studied Literae Humaniores at the University of Oxford. She returned to Cardiff after graduating and is currently undertaking a graduate scheme in management. Her particular interests include Early Roman Imperial History, Latin Literature of the first century BC, Stoic Philosophy and Roman Art and Archaeology.