Meet the Author

Dr. Michael Maria Waldstein

Michael Maria Waldstein is Professor of New Testament at Franciscan University. After a Doctorate in Philosophy (University of Dallas, 1981, dissertation on beauty in Hans Urs von Balthasar), he completed a Licentiate in Biblical Studies (Biblicum, Rome, 1984), and a Doctorate in New Testament (Harvard, 1989, dissertation on the Gospel of John and Secret Book of John). From 1988 to 1996 he was Assistant Professor of New Testament at the University of Notre Dame, where he received tenure in 1996. From 1996 until 2006 he served as the founding president and professor of New Testament at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and from 2006-2008 as its St. Francis of Assisi Professor of New Testament. 2008-2017 he was Max Seckler Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University.

His published works include a critical edition of the four Coptic manuscripts of the Gnostic Secret Book of John and a new translation of John Paul II’s Man and "Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body" as well as articles on the Gospel of John, Gnosticism, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Paul II and Hans Urs von Balthasar.


• Gospel of John, Gnosticism, Secret Book of John, Irenaeus

• Trinity (Thomas Aquinas, Hans Urs von Balthasar)

• Theology of the Body (John Paul II)

• Foundations of Science (Bacon, Descartes, Kant)

• Foundations of Exegesis (Bultmann, Schlier, Schürmann)


Angela Franks, Ph.D.

Angela Franks has a doctorate in theology and an M.A. in philosophy. She is a full-time professor of theology at St. John’s Seminary and the mother of six. Angela is in demand as a speaker, author, and teacher. An experienced speaker, she has spoken at numerous conferences, including the International Theology of the Body Congress, and in many news outlets. She has been published in America Magazine, First Things, Public Discourse, Church Life Journal, The Plough, Catholic World Report, and academic journals, in addition to contributing chapters to edited books. She has written two books on sexual ethics and the history of eugenics: "Contraception and Catholicism" and "Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy." She is a Life and Dignity Writing Fellow for Church Life Journal and a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA. Her current scholarly interests include the New Evangelization, Trinitarian theology, and the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar and John Paul II. You can find her at

Rev. José Granados, D.Th.

Rev. José Granados is the Superior General of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He is co-founder of The Veritas Amoris Project and a Consultor to the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life (since October 2018) and of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops (from 2015). From 2010 to 2019 Fr. Granados was the Vice President of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II, Central See (Rome) where he taught dogmatic theology of marriage and the family. From 2013 to 2020 he was a Consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. He is a member of the scientific council of the journals "Anthropotes," "Revista española de teología" and "Gregorianum." Rev. Granados earned a Doctorate of Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (Bellarmine Award). He also holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pontifical University of Comillas (ICAI), Madrid. He has authored several publications including; “An Introduction to Sacramental Theology. Signs of Christ in the Flesh”, CUA Press, Washington, DC 2021; "Una sola carne en un solo Espíritu. Teología del matrimonio," Palabra, Madrid 2014; "La carne si fa amore. Il corpo, cardine della storia della salvezza," Cantagalli, Siena 2010. Rev. Granados is co-author, with Carl Anderson, of "Called to Love: Approaching John Paul II's Theology of the Body."

Nicholas Healy, Ph.D.

Nicholas J. Healy, Jr. is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Culture at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He received his doctorate from Oxford University, with a dissertation on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. He is an editor of the North American edition of "Communio: International Catholic Review" and a founding member of the Academy of Catholic Theology. He is the author of "The Eschatology of Hans Urs von Balthasar: Being as Communion" and, together with David L. Schindler, "Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: The Declaration on Religious Freedom." Recent articles have addressed the nature and sacramentality of marriage, the question of Christian philosophy, and the theological anthropology of Henri de Lubac and Thomas Aquinas.

Matthew Kuhner, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Kuhner is Vice President / Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester, NY. Dr. Kuhner earned his Masters in Theological Studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington, DC and completed his Ph.D. in systematic theology under Dr. Michael Waldstein at Ave Maria University in southwest Florida. Dr. Kuhner’s academic work has appeared in journals such as “Harvard Theological Review,” “Nova et Vetera,” “Angelicum,” the “Journal of Theological Studies,” and “Pro Ecclesia,” and his areas of research interest include Christology, Christian anthropology, and the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Dr. Kuhner is married to his college sweetheart, Michelle, and they have the joy of sharing their lives with their daughter, Catherine Grace, and son, John Benedict.

Lisa Lickona, S.T.L.

Lisa Lickona is the Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. Previously she served as Editor for Saints at "Magnificat," where she researched and wrote daily on the lives of the saints. She has written and spoken widely on issues in theological anthropology and culture from the perspective afforded by Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body and his “new feminism.” Her most recent work includes co-editing "The Relevance of the Stars: Christ, Culture, Destiny by Lorenzo Albacete" and a chapter for "Clerical Sexual Misconduct II: A Foundational Conversation." She has published essays in "Humanum, Catholic Social Science Review," and Ave Maria Law Review. Lisa earned her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and holds the Masters in Theological Studies and Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. She has lived with her family in upstate New York for fifteen years, where for several years she operated a micro-organic farm and organized a local farmers’ market.

Stephen Loughlin, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen J. Loughlin is President and Professor of Philosophy at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester, NY. Dr. Loughlin earned his Master's and Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Before coming to St. Bernard’s last year, Dr. Loughlin was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA., a position he held for almost 20 years. Dr. Loughlin’s academic work has appeared in "The Thomist," "Nova et Vetera," "Pro Ecclesia," and "Josephinum," and his areas of research interest include Medieval philosophy, and Thomistic anthropology. Dr. Loughlin deeply loves teaching, having engaged in the profession for 25 years.

Christopher West, D.Th.

Dr. Christopher West serves as President of the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia and as Professor of Theological Anthropology in its jointly sponsored Master’s program with Pontifex University. His global lecturing, multiple best-selling books, numerous audio and video programs, and popular podcast (Ask Christopher West, hosted by his wife Wendy) have made him one of the world’s most recognized teachers of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. His work has been featured in The New York Times, on ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, and in countless Catholic and evangelical media outlets. Of all his titles and accomplishments, Christopher is most proud to call himself a devoted husband and father of five children.

What others are saying about Dr. Waldstein's book:

CUA Press

In "Glory of the Logos in the Flesh," Michael Waldstein helps readers of Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body enter this masterwork with clearer understanding. Part One, designed for entry-level readers, is a map of John Paul's text, a summary of each paragraph with an explanation of the order of the argument. Part Two reflects on the breadth of reason ( logos) in Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Physics, and the Gospel of John, in contrast to the narrowing of reason in Luther, Bacon, and Descartes. Part Three shows how this breadth of reason is at work in John Paul's dialogue with Thomas Aquinas, John of the Cross, Kant, and Scheler.

Location Information

  • St. Bernard's Rochester Campus
  • 120 French Road, Rochester, NY, 14618 US


Session I: Debate about the Breadth of Reason

9:45-10:20amLisa Lickona, S.T.L.

Part I, Chapter 5: "The Nature of Logos in Plato’s Republic;" Part I, Chapter 6: "The Logos of Nature in Aristotle’s Physics"

10:20-10:55amStephen J. Loughlin, Ph.D.

Part I, Chapter 7: "The Common Good as the Logos of Reason"

10:55-11:30amChristopher West, D.Th.

The Breadth of Reason and Evangelization

12:30-2:30pm - Session II: the Breadth of Reason in Pope St. John Paul II

12:45-1:20pmAngela Franks, Ph.D.

Part II, Chapter 3: "Scheler’s Theomorphic Personalism of Solidarity;" Part II, Chapter 6: "John Paul and John of the Cross"

1:20-1:55pmNicholas Healy, Ph.D.

Part I, Chapter 4: "Loss of the Logos of Marriage in Hildebrand and Doms;" Part II, Chapter 5: "Wojtyla’s Person and Act"

1:55-2:30pmRev. José Granados, D.Th.

Part II, Chapter 7: "Man and Woman as an Image of the Trinity"


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