MICHAEL G.

SIRILLA
Associate Professor of Theology The Franciscan University of Steubenville; 1235 University Blvd.; Steubenville, OH 43952 msirilla@franciscan.edu (740) 284-5340

EMPLOYMENT
Franciscan University of Steubenville Franciscan University of Steubenville Franciscan University of Steubenville Christendom College Associate Professor of Theology Assistant Professor of Theology Instructor of Theology Instructor of Theology 2010–present 2003–2010 2002–2003 2001

EDUCATION
The Catholic University of America Ph.D.: Systematic Theology 2008 (Washington, D.C.) Dissertation: St. Thomas Aquinas’s Theology of the Episcopacy in his Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles Director: Joseph Komonchak Franciscan University of Steubenville Master of Arts: Theology 1998 (Steubenville, OH) • Graduated magna cum laude from Franciscan University. • Received the designation “Passed with Honors” for comprehensive examination. Franciscan University of Steubenville Bachelor of Arts: Theology/Philosophy (Steubenville, OH) • Graduated summa cum laude from Franciscan University 1996

AREAS OF RESEARCH
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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 theology and the praeambula fidei

SCHOLARSHIP/PUBLICATIONS
Dissertation • “St. Thomas Aquinas’s Theology of the Episcopacy in his Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles” (UMI, May 2008) Book

Status Perfectionis: The Bishop as Spiritual Perfector in Thomas Aquinas. Forthcoming from CUA Press. Articles • “The Nature of Aquinas’s Proofs from Motion in ScG I.13” In preparation for publication by The Thomist. Book Review • Characters in Search of Their Author by Ralph McInerny (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2000) in Nova et Vetera (English edition) 1 (2003): 494–97.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS
• 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. • “Christ our Savior: Priest, Prophet, and King and the priest’s participation in these offices” given to the Pre-Theology Program, Franciscan University of Steubenville, January 26, 2012.

Response to Dr. William Carroll’s talk, “Metaphysics, the Natural sciences, and Creation: The Legacy of Thomas Aquinas” delivered at the Science and Faith Conference: Can Science Inform our Understanding of God? Franciscan University of Steubenville, Fall 2011. Available online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJRVe8P5chI&list=UUl1fycmvtYCnlymtjwva0w&index=5&feature=plpp_video

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

“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’ for Aquinas” delivered at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Colorado University, Boulder, CO, February 26, 2010.

• “How to read Aquinas” delivered at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Colorado University, Boulder, CO, February 27, 2010. • “An Excelling love of Christ, the principal criterion for Church office-holders in Jn 21:15-17” given to the Institute of Applied Biblical Studies, Steubenville, OH, July 2009.

“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 Biblical Basis for Bishops in Paul’s Pastoral Epistles” given at the 4th Annual Letter and Spirit Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 15, 2008. • “St. Paul and the Role of a Bishop: Reflections on 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus” given to the Institute of Applied Biblical Studies, Steubenville, OH, August 2008. • “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.

“Augustine’s Doctrine of iustitia” delivered at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, May 2002.

RESEARCH GRANTS AND ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS
• • Hubbard Dissertation Fellowship, The Catholic University of America, 2006. Full-tuition dissertation scholarship, The Catholic University of America, 2002–03.

• Research Assistantship under Rev. Dr. John T. Ford, The Catholic University of America, 1998–2001. • Board of Trustees full tuition scholarship, The Catholic University of America. 1998– 2001. • Inducted into Alpha Chi National Honors Society, May 1996.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Peer reviewer for the following journals: • The Thomist • Linacre Quarterly

International Journal of Systematic Theology

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

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Undergraduate 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 Graduate 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

UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
• • • • • • • • • • • • Student Culture and Engagement Committee Committee on Prioritizing Academic Programs University Core Curriculum Committee, Theology representative Theology Task Force Committee Strategic Enrollment Planning Committee Committee to Develop MA Theology Research Intensive Track Task Force on Promotion and Tenure Theology Department Speakers Committee University Foundations Committee Theology Department Core Curriculum Committee, chair Educational Planning Committee Academic Awards Board 2012–present 2012–present 2011–present 2011–present 2011–present 2011-present 2011–2012 2008–present 2008–2010 2008–2010 2007–2010 2002–2006

Student Welfare Committee

2002–2005

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