Dr. Michael Sirilla| Franciscan University of Steubenville
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    Dr. Michael Sirilla

    Professor of Theology, Director of the M.A. Theology Program

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    • Franciscan University – Associate Professor of Theology – 2010-Present
    • Franciscan University – Assistant Professor of Theology – 2002-2003
    • Franciscan University – Instructor of Theology – 2001-2003
    • Christendom College – Instructor of Theology – 2001


    • The Catholic University of America, 2008 –Ph.D. in Systematic Theology
    • Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1998 – Masters of Arts in Theology – magna cum laude
    • Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1996 –Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Philosophy – summa cum laude

    Areas of Research

    • Scholastic Theology in the Middle Ages
    • The theology and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
    • Ecclesiology with a special focus on the episcopacy
    • Natural Theology
    • Augustine and the Cappadocian Fathers
    • Fundamental theology: the role of philosophy in the theology and the praeambula fidei


    • American Academy of Religion
    • Catholic Theological Society of America
    • Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
    • St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, senior fellow
    • Thomas Aquinas Society

    Courses Taught


    • Foundations of Catholicism
    • Theology of the Trinity
    • Theology of Christ
    • Theology of the Church
    • Theology of the Sacraments
    • Contemporary Questions in Theology (CQT): Faith and Reason
    • CQT: Philosophy for Theology
    • Great Christian Thinkers: St. Thomas Aquinas
    • Christian Moral Principles


    • Theological Foundations
    • Vatican II
    • Fathers and Doctors of the Church: Augustine of Hippo
    • Christology
    • Sacraments
    • Natural Theology
    • Theology of the Episcopacy in St. Thomas Aquinas

    Select Publications & Accomplishments

    • Chair and respondent 
      Chair and respondent at the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics session (responding to David Twetten and Alexander Hall), American Catholic Philosophical Association, Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2012.

    • Response to William Carroll 
      Response to Dr. William Carroll’s talk, “Metaphysics, the Natural sciences, and Creation..." Franciscan University of Steubenville, Fall 2011. Available online:

    • Research and Integration 
      “Research and Integration in Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae” given at Franciscan University of Steubenville, October 21, 2011.

    • St. TA Proofs from Motion 
      “St. Thomas Aquinas’s Proofs from Motion in Summa Contra Gentiles I.13: Their nature and the Function of the Nominal Definition” delivered to the Thomas Aquinas Society at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies; Kalamazoo, MI, May 2011.

    • Theology as a Science 
      "Theology as a ‘science’ for Aquinas” delivered at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Colorado University, Boulder, CO, February 26, 2010.

    • The theological purpose 
      's "The Theological Purpose of Aquinas’s Biblical Commentaries” delivered to the Thomas Aquinas Society, 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2009.

    • The Priority of the teaching office 
      "The Priority of the Teaching Office for the Bishop in Aquinas” delivered at the Medieval Theology Continuing Group, Catholic Theological Society of America, Los Angeles, CA, June 2007.


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