Dr. Michel Therrien is a former academic dean of Saint Vincent Seminary, where he also taught moral theology. He holds a doctorate of sacred theology in fundamental moral theology from the University of Fribourg, and a licentiate in sacred theology from the International Theological Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. He also recently served as president for the Institute for Pastoral Leadership and director of evangelization for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, where he previously served as secretary for evangelization and Catholic education and director of evangelization. He served as professor f moral theology and academic dean at the Augustine Institute, Denver, academic dean, director of the pastoral leadership program and professor of moral theology at Saint Vincent Seminary, as well as assistant director of the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Homiletics for Excellence in Preaching at Saint Vincent Seminary.
Dr. Therrien’s undergraduate work was at Gonzaga University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in theology. That was followed by a master of arts degree in theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville. His dissertation was entitled “Law, Liberty and Virtue: A Thomistic Defense for the Pedagogical Character of Law.”
His courses have included The Basics of Catholic Faith and Culture, Catholic Biomedical Ethics, and many others. His forthcoming books include Faith: An Introduction to Christianity for the Curious (2019) andTheological Paradigms and Christian Discipleship: Reclaiming the Church’s Unity of Witness in a Time of Confusion (forthcoming.)