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    Converts on the Promise of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

    In Their Own Words

    In these excerpts from interviews on their conversion and intellectual journey, the five scholars featured below witness to the transformative vitality of the Catholic tradition today. Drawn from Mind, Heart, and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome (TAN Press).

    Mary Prudence Allen, RSM

    Mary Prudence Allen, RSM, is a philosopher and member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. She received her PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School of California in 1967 and then taught philosophy at Concordia University for the next thirty years. Her first major publication focusing on the philosophical concept of woman in Ancient and Medieval philosophy, The Concept of Woman: The Aristotelian Revolution (750 BC-1250 AD), was published in 1985. After Concordia, Sister Prudence taught for fifteen years at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver where she served as chair of the Philosophy Department. In 2012, the second volume of The Concept of Woman: The Early Humanist Revolution (1250-1500) was released. In 2014, Pope Francis included Sister Prudence among the thirty theologians and philosophers he named to the International Theological Commission. Her final volume, focusing on modern and contemporary theories about woman, was published in 2017 as The Concept of Woman: Search for Communion of Persons (1500-2015), Volume III.

    Thomas Joseph White, OP

    Thomas Joseph White, OP, grew up in southeast Georgia in an inter-religious household. He studied at Brown University and Oxford University and entered the Order of Preachers in 2003. In 2021 he was named rector of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome.  His authored books include Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Study in Thomistic Natural Theology, The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology, and The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism, and most recently, The Trinity: On the Nature & Mystery of the One God. He is co-editor of the journal Nova et Vetera, a Distinguished Scholar of the McDonald Agape Foundation, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

    Karin Öberg

    Karin Öberg is a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and leader of the Öberg Astrochemistry Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Raised in Sweden, she received a Bachelor of Science degree at the California Institute of Technology and a PhD at Leiden University. She received a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship from NASA, is widely published, and serves on the board of the Society of Catholic Scientists.

    Erika Bachiochi

    Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. She is also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and a Research Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA, where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. Her essays have appeared in publications such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Christian Bioethics (Oxford University), First Things,, National Review Online, Claremont Review of Books, SCOTUSblog, and Public Discourse. Her most recent book, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, was released in 2021 (Notre Dame University Press).