Associates & Staff

Dr. Michel Therrien

Dr. Michel Therrien S.T.L, S.T.D

Dr. Michel Therrien, 39, is married with four children. He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute (Austria) and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Michel is Academic Dean and professor of Moral Theology at St. Vincent Seminary (Latrobe). He is a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church (Whitney), where he is an adult catechism instructor. He has presented at Catholic Medical Association and St. Luke Society events.


Name:  Michel Paulding Therrien
Address:  626 Solomon Temple Road
Latrobe, PA 15650

Phone: 724-805-2818
Email: [email protected]
Birthday: 7/3/69


1987-1991 Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a minor in history. Cum laude

1996-1998 Franciscan University of Steubenville, Masters of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry. Magna cum laude

2001-2003 The International Theological Institute For Studies on Marriage and the Family, Licentiate in Sacred Theology. Summa cum laude.

2003-2007 University of Fribourg, Doctorate of Sacred Theology in Fundamental Moral Theology. Magna cum laude.


2008-prersent Interim Academic Dean at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA

2005-present Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and assistant to the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA.

2003-2005 Teacher of two independent adult faith formation courses on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

1999-2001 Program Officer for the Acton Institute, academic coordinator, and research associate for the Center for Economic Personalism at the Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, MI.

1998-1999 Religion teacher for Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney, OH.

1994-1996 Religion teacher for Holy Cross High School (now Archbishop Thomas Murphy High School), Everett, WA.


“Where Good Philanthropists Go Wrong,” Grand Rapids Press, August 10, 1999.

“Alliance of Baptists Define Ecology as ‘Central Motif,’” Environmental Stewardship Review, vol. 1, Winter 2000.

Editor, “The Catholic Church and the Stewardship of Creation,” Environmental Stewardship in the Judeo-Christian Tradition (Grand Rapids: Acton Institute, 2000).

A Catholic Response to Economic Globalization: Applications of Catholic Social Teaching, Christian Social Thought Series n. 1 (Grand Rapids: Center For Economic Personalism, 2001).

International Debt Relief: An Economic and Catholic Appraisal, Christian Social Thought Series n. 2 (Grand Rapids: Center for Economic Personalism, 2001).

“John Paul II’s Use of the Term Neo Liberalism in Ecclesia in America,” Josephinum Journal of Theology, vol. 8, no. 2, Summer/Fall 2001.

“Does Double Effect Justify the Separation of Jodie and Mary,” The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol. 1, no. 3 (Fall 2001).

Review of The Splendor of Faith by Avery Dulles, Religion and Liberty, vol. 11, no. 3 (May and June 2001), 13.

A Living Wage: Lessons in Economic Justice, Christian Social Thought Series n. 3 (Grand Rapids: Center for Economic Personalism, 2001).

Series editor for the Christian Social Thought Series, Center for Economic Personalism, 2000-2001.

Review of Aquinas, Aristotle and the Promise of the Common Good by Mary Margaret Keys, Markets and Morality, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Fall 2007)

“The Practice of Responsible Parenthood, NFP & the Covenantal Unity of Spouses,” in Leaving and Coming Home, ed. David M. Cloutier (Eugene: Cascade Books), 2009.


“Human Dignity and Human Capital,” Toward a Free and Virtuous Society Conference, October 1999.

“The Church, Culture, and a Free Society, “Toward a Free and Virtuous Society Conference, (Seattle: October 1999).

“The Common Good,” Toward a Free and Virtuous Society Conference (Chicago, IL: March 2000).

“Neo-liberalism and Foreign Debt: Themes from Ecclesia in America,” Church, Culture and Economy, a one Day Conference (Columbus, OH: April 2000). 

“Neo-liberalism and the Crisis of Foreign Debt,” Society of Catholic Social Scientists Meeting (Steubenville, OH: October 2000).

“Economics and Faith,” a five-day course for eastern European students of the Language and Catechetical Institute (Gaming, Austria: July 2002). 

“Austrian Economics,” a two-part lecture for a course on the history of Austria at the Franciscan University of Steubenville Austrian Campus (Gaming, Austria: November 19-20, 2002).

Parish Lenten Mission, Nativity of the Lord Parish, Akron, OH, February 26-28, 2007.

“Healthcare Directives: A Moral Perspective,” St. Luke Society Symposium: End-of-Life Issues ... a Catholic Perspective Medical, Legal, Religious Considerations, May 22, 2008.

“Male and Female He Created Them,” Catholic Medical Association Meeting, January 25, 2009.

“The Practice of NFP and the Stewardship of Human Life,” St. Luke Society Symposium: Procreation and Reproductive Technologies within the Teachings and Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, July 12, 2009.

“Law and Moral Development: The Pedagogy of Law in St. Thomas Aquinas,” New Wine, New Wineskins Symposium, University of Notre Dame, August 1, 2009.

“At the Service of Human Dignity: Preferential Option for the Poor in Healthcare,” Catholic Charities, Pittsburgh, September 30, 2009.

“Law and Moral Development: The Pedagogy of Law in St. Thomas Aquinas,” Franciscan University of Steubenville, October 22, 2009.


Summer 2004 Invited participant of the Thomistic Institute at the University of Notre Dame
Fall 2003 (to present) Fellow at the Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame
Fall 2003               Academic scholarship from the Henry and Carol Zeiter Foundation
Fall 2003               Calihan Fellowship recipient, Acton Institute
Spring 2003               Calihan Fellowship recipient, Acton Institute
Fall 2002               Academic scholarship from AMDG Foundation
Spring 2002               Full tuition grant from Earhart Foundation
Spring 2002               Calihan Fellowship recipient, Acton Institute
Fall 2001               Academic scholarship from AMDG Foundation
Spring 2001               Full tuition grant from Earhart Foundation

Associates & Staff

Dr. Scott Hahn
Founder and President and Chairman of the Board
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Episcopal Advisor
Senior Fellows Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B Dr. Joseph C. Atkinson Dr. Christopher Baglow Dr. William Bales Dr. Michael Barber Father Robert Barron Dr. John Bergsma Dr. Richard Bulzacchelli Dr. Matthew Bunson Dr. Aaron Canty Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo Father John S. Custer Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Dr. Vincent DeMeo Father Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. Dr. David Fagerberg Dr. Lawrence Feingold Father Pablo Gadenz Father Michael Giesler Dr. Gregory Yuri Glazov Dr. Timothy Gray Dr. Mary Healy Dr. Stephen Hildebrand Dr. Jeremy Holmes Dr. Kenneth Howell Dr. Leroy Huizenga Dr. Andrew Jones Dr. Daniel A. Keating Father William Kurz, S.J. Father Thomas Lane Dr. Taylor Marshall Dr. Timothy Milinovich Dr. Robert P. Miller Dr. Jeffrey Morrow Dr. Ian Murphy Monsignor A. Robert Nusca Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J. Dr. James L. Papandrea Dr. Brant Pitre Fr. Jospeh Poggemeyer Dr. Thomas Scheck Dr. Nathanael E. Schmiedicke Dr. James Shelton Dr. Daniel G. Van Slyke Dr. Steven C. Smith Dr. Edward Sri Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD Father Kris Stubna Dr. Andrew Swafford Dr. Michel Therrien Dr. Andre Villeneuve Dr. Benjamin Wiker Dr. Peter Williamson Dr. Carol Younger