Saint John Paul II Institute Faculty

Teachers are called to be witnesses and educators of authentic Christian life, which evidences attained integration between faith and life, and between professional competence and Christian wisdom.

Pope John Paul II, Ex corde ecclesiae, 1990

Father Ryan Connors

Father Ryan Connors

St. John’s Seminary, Boston; teaches JPII 5305 Faith and Reason according to John Paul II. Father Connors studied philosophy at Boston College and earned his S.T.D. at the Angelicum in Rome. He celebrated his 10th anniversary of his ordination this year in June.


Dr. John Hittinger

Professor of Philosophy and Director of John Paul Studies at the University of St Thomas, Houston; teaches JPII 5300 Redemptor Hominis and the Witness of St John Paul II, and he conducts the pilgrimage to Poland.


Dr. Robert Fastiggi

Dr. Robert Fastiggi

Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan; teaches JPII 5308 Sources of Renewal and Vatican II. Dr. Fastiggi received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, and his M.A. (Theology) and Ph.D. (Historical Theology) from Fordham University.


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Dr. F. Russell Hittinger

F. Russell Hittinger is the Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa.  He has been a full time faculty at Fordham University and at the Catholic University of America.  He is a Visiting Professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley), and has served on two pontifical academies:  St. Thomas Aquinas and Social Sciences. He deswigned and implemented the course JPII 5330: The Social/political teaching of John Paul II.


Dr. Steven Meyer

Dr. Steven Meyer

Professor of Theology at St Mary Seminary, Houston, Tx; taught JPII 5320 Spirit and Mercy Summer 2021.


Dr. Adrian Reimers

Dr. Adrian Reimers

Philosophy Professor at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana; will teach JPII 5310 Thomistic Personalism.


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Sr. Mary Veronica Sabelli, RSM

Sr. Mary Veronica Sabelli, R.S.M., Ph.D. has taught at St. John’s Seminary (Boston) and St. Vincent Seminary (Latrobe, PA) as Associate Professor of Philosophy.  She teaches JPII 5335 Mission, Culture, and Evangelization and JPII 5345 Final Project.


Sr. Susan Selner-Wright

Dr. Susan Selner-Wright holds the Archbishop Chaput Chair of of Philosophy at St. John Vieney Seminary in Denver, Co. Dr. Wright works with ENDOW and Person and IDentity Project. She teaches JPII 5315 On Family and the Civilization of Love.


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