Fr. James Dominic Brent, O.P. was born and raised in Michigan. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in Philosophy, and completed his doctorate in Philosophy at Saint Louis University on the epistemic status of Christian beliefs according to Saint Thomas Aquinas. He also holds an STL from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies where he currently serves on the faculty teaching Philosophy. His current research focuses on developing the thesis that Thomas Aquinas is a master of the spiritual life. He commonly gives talks for the Thomistic Institute, and leads retreats across the country. He is also an Associated Scholar of the Hildebrand Project.
Maria Fedoryka is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Ave Maria University. She works in the field of the philosophy of love, dealing with issues spanning from the centrality of love to the divine being, to its role at the center of creation, to its meaning for marriage, family, and sexuality. Among her publications are the booklet The Special Gift of Women for God, the Family and the World published by the Catholic Truth Society in England, as well as a number of popular and scholarly articles on Humanae vitae and Hildebrand’s philosophy of spousal intimacy, and on topics relating to gender and marriage. Dr. Fedoryka is an Associated Scholar of the Hildebrand Project.
Beth Rath serves at Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio as Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Professor Rath was raised in St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Parma and is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2008 and her doctorate in philosophy from Saint Louis University in 2015. The title of her dissertation is: “Self-giving: The Personal Orientation Towards Giving and Receiving and Governing Norms.” Her academic interests include ethics, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of religion, and the work of St. Thomas Aquinas.