Alan Fimister is a native of Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England. He read modern history and then philosophy and theology at Oxford University (where he was senior scholar in Theology at Exeter College 1997-1999) before going to work for a missionary organization in London. Between 2000 and 2002 he studied Catholic theology at the International Theological Institute (then situated) in Gaming, Austria. He then returned to Britain where he pursued doctoral studies and taught at the University of Aberdeen until 2007. Interrupting his academic career to discern his vocation as a Franciscan friar in the United States he completed a law degree in his spare time. In 2010 having parted amicably with the friars he returned to Europe and began teaching at the International Theological Institute (now in Trumau) and Franciscan University's Austrian program (still in Gaming). His interests center on the history of the Church, Catholic Social Teaching and Augustinian and Thomist ecclesiology and political philosophy. He is the author of Robert Schuman: Neo-Scholastic Humanism and the Reunification of Europe, a study of the influence of Thomist political theory on the founder of the European Communities.
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