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About Theresa Farnan

With its enduring appeal to the search for truth, philosophy has the great responsibility of forming thought and culture; and now it must strive resolutely to recover its original vocation. Pope John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, introduction.

My official bio is below, but here are some highlights.   I have been married since 1991 to my husband and best friend, Mike.  We have 10 wonderful children, each of whom has been blessed with different personalities, gifts and abilities.  Our youngest daughter has been blessed with a joyful heart as well as an extra chromosome and has the gift of bringing out the best in everyone she meets. She has taught all of us that wisdom and truth are inseparable from love.

Theresa Farnan is currently an adjunct member of the philosophy department at Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.  Previously, she taught in the pre-theology program at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and the diaconate program for the Diocese of Harrisburg.    She is a master catechist for the diocese of Pittsburgh and has served as a member of several committees on education for the Diocese of Harrisburg.  She has given lectures 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 program on EWTN entitled St. Thomas Aquinas in Today’s World and appeared as a guest on EWTN Live.  In addition, she co-authored the book Where did I come from? Where am I going?  How do I get there? with Dr. Charles Rice.  She is available for speaking engagements.

Dr Farnan received  her master’s degree and her doctorate in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame.  She and her husband Michael have ten children.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Theresa, First I would like to express my condolences on the loss of your Father!! You may not remember me, but we went to St. Anthonys together and all these years, your name is one I could never get out of my head, always wondering what happened to you. I now have been able to read a little about your life and I must say WoW!!!!! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, on your beautiful family, and the special addition, your youngest. I absolutely love Downs Syndrome children. I will be interested to read some of the books that you and your father wrote now that I know they are out there. May God Bless you and your family.

  2. Dr. Farnan
    I met your late father Charles in 1994 when he spoke in Ireland. He was a gentleman and a scholar and a great witness to the faith. I was tremendously impressed by him. May he rest in the peace of Jesus Christ.
    Fr. Seán O Carm

  3. Dr. Farnan:
    Will there be more of Thomas Aquinas on EWTN? I enjoyed the episodes that I was able to record and now I have become a fan. Look forward to more of your work.
    Ambrosio Silva
    csmsilva42@gmail.com

    • Thank you, Ambrosio. At this point I have no plans to record another EWTN series, but I’m very glad you enjoyed it. My father, Charles Rice had an EWTN series called The Good Code:God’s Natural Law – if you are looking for more on Thomas Aquinas, I recommend that series. I think you will really enjoy his work as well!

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