Dr. Richard Upsher Smith, Jr | Franciscan University of Steubenville
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    Dr. Richard Upsher Smith, Jr

    Professor of Classics

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    When Anglican priest Father Richard Smith started reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church in 1992, he didn’t realize that this was the beginning of his journey into the Church.

    “I was bowled over by the Catechism, ”he says. “Right away it talks about the value and importance of human reason. For so long it had seemed to me that both the world and my own denomination had lost sight of reason. But here was a church that knew its own mind!

    “I didn’t convert for another nine years, but the writing was already on the wall.”

    Educated at Harvard Divinity School, Dr. Smith served as an Anglican parish priest, both in Canada and the United States, for nearly 20 years. But for a good deal of that time, he felt uneasy.

    “I couldn’t teach anything with authority,” he explains. “If you don’t have the magisterium, just about everything can be reduced to personal opinion.”

    In 2001, he left the Anglican priesthood and was accepted into the Catholic Church. (His wife, Rebecca, a cradle Catholic, had returned to the Church several months previously.) Dr. Smith then taught at Neumann College in Pennsylvania and came to Franciscan University in 2004. He is the director of the Classics Program.

    “The chance to teach the classics and the orthodoxy of Franciscan drew me here,” he says. “And I’ve been pleasantly astonished at the commitment so many students have to Christ and the Church. I feel very fortunate to be here.”

    Dr. Smith and his wife have twin sons. Theodore is studying biology at Franciscan; Dunstan is a French chef in Boston. Dr. Smith is handy in the kitchen himself, when he’s not bird watching or singing with the Schola Cantorum Franciscana.

    Select Publications & Accomplishments

    • Saint Bernard's Anthropology: Traditional and Systematic, Cistercian Studies Quarterly 2012 
      Saint Bernard's Anthropology: Traditional and Systematic, Cistercian Studies Quarterly 2012

    • Saint Bernard's Epistle 310, Once Again, Analecta Cisterciensia 2011 
      Saint Bernard's Epistle 310, Once Again, Analecta Cisterciensia 2011

    • The Structure of Saint Augustine's De magistro: A Neoplatonic Ascent, Quaestiones Disputatae 2010 
      The Structure of Saint Augustine's De magistro: A Neoplatonic Ascent, Quaestiones Disputatae 2010

    • Saint Monica and Lady Philosophy, Carmina Philosophiae 18 (2009), 93-125 
      Saint Monica and Lady Philosophy, Carmina Philosophiae 18 (2009), 93-125

    • Nobilissimus and Warleader: The Opportunity and the Necessity behind Robert Guiscard’s Balkan Expeditions, Byzantion 70 (2001), 507-526 
      Nobilissimus and Warleader:  The Opportunity and the Necessity behind Robert Guiscard’s Balkan Expeditions, Byzantion 70 (2001), 507-526

    • The Pythagorean Letter and Virgil’s Golden Bough, Dionysius 18 (2000), 7-24 
      The Pythagorean Letter and Virgil’s Golden Bough, Dionysius 18 (2000), 7-24

    • Was Bernard a Friend? A Question Revisited, Analecta Cisterciensia 53 (1997), 15-44 
      Was Bernard a Friend?  A Question Revisited, Analecta Cisterciensia 53 (1997), 15-44

    • The Eucharistic Meditations of Arnold of Bonneval, A Reassessment, Recherches de théologie ancienne et médiéval 61 (1994), 115-135 
      The Eucharistic Meditations of Arnold of Bonneval, A Reassessment, Recherches de théologie ancienne et médiéval 61 (1994), 115-135

    • Arnold of Bonneval, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Bernard’s Epistle 310, Analecta Cisterciensia 49 (1993), 273-318 
      Arnold of Bonneval, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Bernard’s Epistle 310, Analecta Cisterciensia 49 (1993), 273-318

    • An Unpublished Translation of Bishop Thomas Watson of a Spurious Sermon of St. Cyprian of Carthage, Recusant History 21 (1993), 419-450 
      An Unpublished Translation of Bishop Thomas Watson of a Spurious Sermon of St. Cyprian of Carthage, Recusant History 21 (1993), 419-450

    • Oratio Placabilis Deo: Eriugena’s Fragmentary Eucharistic Teaching in light of the Doctrine of the Periphyseon, Dionysius 13 (1989), 85-114 
      Oratio Placabilis Deo: Eriugena’s Fragmentary Eucharistic Teaching in light of the Doctrine of the Periphyseon, Dionysius 13 (1989), 85-114
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