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  • Dr. Regis Martin

    Professor of Theology

    (740) 284-5316
    rmartin@franciscan.edu

    Dr. Regis Martin, has been a professor of dogmatic and systematic theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, since 1988. Students eagerly enroll in his courses, such as Mary in the Modern World, The Sacraments, The Trinity, Grace and the Virtues, Foundations of Catholicism, Fathers and Doctors of the Church: St. John of the Cross, St. Theresa of Avila and St. Therese of Lisieux, among others that he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    Countless EWTN viewers know Dr. Martin as a regular panelist on Franciscan University Presents, a theology discussion program to which Dr. Martin brings his knowledge of the Catholic faith, keen wit, and occasional humor as the panel probes timely moral and religious topics. 

    In addition, Dr. Martin is a popular speaker at many Catholic conferences, retreats, and other settings. Among his presentations: The Crisis in the Catholic Church; The Lives of the Saints, including the Elizabethan Martyrs and St. Thomas More; several presentations on the Blessed Virgin Mary and her role as intercessor and model in our lives; The Catholic Literary Renaissance; the "Four Last Things--Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell" (eschatology); and presentations on suffering, especially on how Christ's suffering and death pertain to many forms of human suffering, such as depression and abandonment and the value of redemptive suffering. Presentations on other themes can be arranged in advance.

    Dr. Martin received his STD magna cum laude, June 1988, from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome, where he successfully defended his dissertation, The Suffering of Love: Christ's Descent Into Hell and Human Hopelessness, with Particular Reference to the Holocaust of the Jews.

    He has been a theological consultant to religious organizations and dioceses, and written for numerous scholarly publications and popular Catholic magazines and newspapers. Along with other Franciscan University professors, in 2006 Dr. Martin contributed to a preparatory paper on the Franciscan perspective of beauty for the Pontifical Council for Culture, which was warmly received by Vatican officials.

    He is the author of several books including Garlands of Grace: An Anthology of Great Christian Poetry; The Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell, and Heaven; Confessions of a Cradle Catholic and most recently, The Suffering of Love: Christ's Descent into the Hell of Human Hopelessness.

    Dr. Martin and his wife Roseanne are the parents of 10 children and live in Wintersville, Ohio.

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