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 the author of  Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child From Public School Before It’s Too Late (co-authored with Mary Rice Hasson), and Where did I come from? Where am I going?  How do I get there? (co-authored with Dr. Charles Rice. She is a founding member of the Person and Identity Project, which provides theological and pastoral resources about the Church’s teaching on gender ideology to Catholic educators and diocesan personnel.  She has taught at St Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and has worked with the diaconate formation program for the Dioceses of Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.    She served as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and is a member of the Catholic Women’s Forum Advisory Council.  She has given lectures on the gender ideology, Catholic education, theology of the body, the personalism of Pope John Paul II, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, 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.    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.

11 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

    • 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!

      • Hi Theresa:
        Great! I have forwarded your email and bio to Killian Beeler who is in charge of lining up speakers for the quarterly Catholic Professionals Network meetings in Tyler. The last 2 speakers had Catholic backgrounds in Catholic bio-ethics. Teaching an authentic Catholic approach in bio-ethics is a priority for Diocese of Tyler Bishop Joseph Strickland so I wouldn’t be surprised if Killian called you.
        Hope the Farnan clan has a blessed Advent and Joyous Christmas!

  4. Theresa:
    The next open speaker slot will be for the June 2018 Catholic Professional’s Network meeting. So Killian may be calling you a few months prior to that.

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