In Altum

Program speakers

Dedicated to Sharing The Faith.


Engaging with Real Life Scenarios.

In Altum program introduces participants to men and women dedicated to engaging with their faith in day-to-day life. Not only do participants get to hear these speakers expound on their experiences, they are encouraged to ask questions and think deeply about the impact of their faith on those around them.

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Tim Carney

Timothy P. Carney is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on economic competition, cronyism (or the ways in which well-connected special interests use big government to elude market forces and squash smaller competitors), civil society, localism, and religion in America. He is concurrently the commentary editor at the Washington Examiner.

Mr. Carney’s forthcoming book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse” (HarperCollins), will be published on February 19, 2019. His previous books include “Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You and Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, and Union Bosses” (Regnery Publishing, 2009) and “The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money” (John Wiley & Sons, 2006), which was awarded the 2008 Culture of Enterprise award by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

In addition to his Washington Examiner columns, Mr. Carney’s work has been published in a variety of magazines, websites, and newspapers, including The Atlantic, New York Post, The New York Times, Reason Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. His television appearances include CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the “PBS NewsHour.”

Mr. Carney has a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis.

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mary rice hasson

Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She also directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of

Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of Catholic women in support of human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching. Mary is an expert on topics related to women, faith, culture, family, sexual morality, and gender ideology. She was the keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in both 2017 and 2018. Mary also conducts workshops for Catholic parishes and dioceses on sexuality, gender identity, and pastoral care.

Before joining EPPC, Mary worked as an attorney and writer and served the Church for over twenty years in leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation programs, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School, Mary and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson are the parents of seven, and were the recipients of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.

Mary’s writing has appeared in a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications, including The Federalist, the Washington Examiner, Our Sunday Visitor, The National Catholic Register, and First Things.

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stephen P. White

Stephen P. White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. White’s work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to a broad spectrum of contemporary political and cultural issues. His is the author of Red, White, Blue, and Catholic (Liguori Publications, 2016).

Mr. White’s writing has been published in a wide variety of outlets and websites, including: The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, First Things, America Magazine, The Catholic Thing, Huffington Post, The Daily Caller, Magnificat, Vox, and The Catholic Herald (UK).

Since 2005, Mr. White has been coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, a three week seminar on Catholic social teaching with an emphasis on the thought of St. John Paul II which takes place every summer in Krakow, Poland.

Mr. White studied politics at the University of Dallas and philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He is a graduate of the St. Patrick’s Evangelisation School in London, England.

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Michael Warren Davis is U.S. Editor of the Catholic Herald. He worked in Australia as an assistant editor for Quadrant, and his writing has been published in Crisis Magazine, The Salisbury Review, and The University Bookman. Additionally, he is the author of many books, most recently The Autobiography of Philosophy, a translation of Aristotle’s On Poetics, and Wonderlust: Ruminations on Liberal Education.

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Ian Lindquist is a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His work focuses on liberal and classical education, civil society and civic education, and the traditional and communal grounds of liberty in modern and contemporary society and culture. He previously served as the program manager for education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he wrote on charter-school innovation and expansion. His writings on education policy and his frequent book reviews have been published by the American Enterprise Institute, U.S. News, the Weekly Standard, and the Washington Free Beacon.

Concurrent with his post at EPPC, Mr. Lindquist serves as the Executive Director of the Public Interest Fellowship, where he oversees organizational operations, strategic partnerships, and the professional and liberal education of the fellows.

From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Lindquist was a middle and high school teacher, and assistant headmaster, with Great Hearts Academies in Phoenix, Arizona, where he taught Socratic seminars on great books to high school sophomores and juniors. During his time at Great Hearts, he was a Leadership Fellow and a network-wide instructional coach for faculty of the Socratic seminar Humane Letters course.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis. He resides in Hyattsville, Maryland, with his wife and family.

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Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., is the Director of the Thomistic Institute and Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.L. from the School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He entered the Order of Preachers in 2001, after having practiced constitutional law for several years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also taught at The Catholic University of America Law School and at Providence College. He is the author of The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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Friar israel Sebastian Arauz-Rosiles, O.F.M., Conv.

Friar Israel spent his early years growing up in San Francisco and the Central Valley of California. His family moved to Reno where during his early elementary years. He entered the friars after graduating from High school, after getting to know them through their ministry in Reno. He is currently studying philosophy at the Catholic University of America, completing a Ph. B. and B.A. in that field, and hopes to continue to higher philosophical studies and to teach as a friar and priest. He has a great love for learning languages, history, and literature. He also has a great interest in the Sacred Liturgy, most especially the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, as well as the Slavic Tradition of the Byzantine Liturgy. Friar Israel is currently a student Friar serving an Apostolic year at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Hermosa Beach, CA.

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Sister Deirdre Byrne, M.D.

Sister Dede is a retired US Army Colonel and the founder and director of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts Clinic. Sister Dede is an active missionary sister and superior, a board-certified family practitioner and general surgeon. A native of Washington, DC, she followed in her thoracic surgeon father’s footsteps and entered medical school at Georgetown University, where she eventually completed a surgical residency and subsequently joined the U.S. Army. She retired as a Colonel in 2009 after 29 years of service. After a life of medical and military service in far ranging areas, she eventually was led to the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts community whose charism involved performing overseas medical missionary work and providing free medical care for the poor and uninsured. 

Sister Deirdre's other charitable medical/surgical service includes hands-on ministry in the rubble of the twin towers following the terrorist attack on 9-11, and annual medical missions in Kenya, Haiti and Sudan. She currently acts as the clinic director of the Spanish Catholic Center, serving the uninsured in the Washington Diocese. She is also a general surgeon who works through the clinic to serve those in need and is the superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts house.

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Mark Bauerlein is Senior Editor at First Things and Professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since earning his PhD in English at UCLA in 1989. For two years (2003-05) he served as Director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. His books include Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997), The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief (1997), and The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (2008). His essays have appeared in PMLA, Partisan Review, Wilson Quarterly, Commentary, and New Criterion, and his commentaries and reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Weekly Standard, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other national periodicals.

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mary pat donoghue

Mary Pat Donoghue is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education for the USCCB since her appointment in August 2018. She has previously served as the principal of St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Maryland, where she led the effort to move the parish school from near failure to a now-thriving and growing institution. Before then, she served as a Vice Principal and as a teacher in the classroom; since then, she has consulted nationwide with superintendents, pastors, and principals, sharing her experience in teacher formation and supervision, curriculum implementation, and financial stability, in conjunction with the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. She has given 28 years of service to Catholic education.

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jay w. richards

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Busch School of Business and Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America. He is also Executive Editor of The Stream, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and host of A Force for Good on EWTN television network.

Richards is author or editor of dozen books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012). He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; co-author of The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez; and co-author with Jonathan Witt of The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that J.R.R. Tolkien Got and the West Forgot. His newest book is titled The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in the Age of Smart Machines.

Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Washington Post, Forbes, Fox News, National Review Online, The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The Federalist, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, The Imaginative Conservative and many other publications. His topics range from culture, economics, and public policy to natural science, technology, and the environment.

Richards has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also has an M.Div. (Master of Divinity), a Th.M. (Master of Theology), and a B.A. with majors in Political Science and Religion. He lives with his family in Washington DC.

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matthew continetti

Matthew Continetti is an American journalist and the editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, he was opinion editor of the Weekly Standard, where he remains a contributing editor. The author of The K Street Gang: The Rise and Fall of the Republican Machine (Doubleday, 2006) and The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star (Sentinel, 2009), Continetti’s articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. A 2003 graduate of Columbia University, where he majored in history, Continetti lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife Anne.

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dr. matthew spalding

Dr. Spalding is associate vice president and dean of educational programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C., where he oversees the operations of the Kirby Center and Hillsdale’s various academic and educational programs in the nation’s capital.

He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. In addition to teaching at Hillsdale, he has taught at George Mason University, the Catholic University of America, and Claremont McKenna College.

Dr. Spalding is the best-selling author of We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, and is the executive editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, a line-by-line analysis of each clause of the U.S. Constitution. His other books include A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington’s Farewell Address and the American Character; Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition; and The Founders’ Almanac: A Practical Guide to the Notable Events, Greatest Leaders & Most Eloquent Words of the American Founding.

Prior to joining Hillsdale, Dr. Spalding was the vice president of American studies at The Heritage Foundation, and founding director of its B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. He currently serves at Heritage as the Henry Salvatori Visiting Fellow. Dr. Spalding is also a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy.

He and his wife Elizabeth, a 1988 Hillsdale alumna, currently reside with their two children in Arlington, VA.

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dr. chad pecknold

Dr. Pecknold received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and since 2008 he has been a Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology in the School of Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He teaches in the areas of fundamental theology, Christian anthropology, and political theology. Pecknold is the author of a number scholarly articles and books including most recently, Christianity and Politics: A Brief Guide to the History (Cascade 2010) and The T&T Clark Companion to Augustine and Modern Theology (Bloomsbury, 2014). Dr. Pecknold is also a frequent contributor to debates in the public square, writing regular columns for First Things and National Review on a range of topics related to the importance and impact of Church teaching on social and political questions.

Professor Pecknold is frequently sought after for his opinion on current events, and has been quoted in hundreds of news outlets around the world such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He has appeared as an invited guest on radio and television shows such as NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Vatican Radio, Al Jazeera America, BBC World News, ABC News, FOX News, CNBC Squawk Box, and he is a regular contributor on EWTN News Nightly offering his clear analysis and expert opinion on the Catholic Church, the papacy, and the relationship between the Church and politics in American culture.

A self-described "Augustinian-Thomist," Pecknold is an Associate Editor for the English edition of the international Thomistic journal of theology, Nova et Vetera, and co-edits the new Sacra Doctrina series with Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., at Catholic University of America Press. Dr Pecknold is currently writing a book on Augustine’s City of God.

Professor Pecknold resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Dr. Sara Pecknold (who teaches music history at CUA) and their three kids Will, Cate, and Jack.