Director of Intellectual Formation

Dr. Matthew Walz

In 2012, I began serving as the Director of Intellectual Formation at Holy Trinity Seminary. For over a decade, then, I have been privileged and blessed to assist these young men as they seek to discover and to carry out God’s will for their lives.

I was born in New York but grew up mostly in Ohio. I completed undergraduate studies at Christendom College, double majoring in philosophy and theology and graduating as the valedictorian of the class of 1995. I did graduate studies in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America (CUA).  There I earned a doctorate in philosophy by completing a dissertation on Thomas Aquinas’s understanding of free will.

I have been teaching at the college level since 1998. As a graduate student, I taught  for two years at CUA. Then I began teaching at Thomas Aquinas College, remaining there for eight years. Since 2008 I have been a professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Dallas (UD).  I have served as Chair of the Philosophy Department for four years.  In the summer of 2012, when I began working at HTS, I began serving as the Director of Philosophy & Letters and Pre-Theology Programs at UD as well, advising all seminarians at UD and serving as a liaison between HTS and UD.  Since the summer of 2022, moreover, I have been serving as Associate Dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts at UD.

My scholarship and writing focus primarily on medieval philosophy, ancient philosophy, and philosophical anthropology. In addition to Thomas Aquinas, my favorite philosophical authors include Aristotle, Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Bonaventure, and Wojtyla/John Paull II.

I have been married to my lovely wife Teresa since 1999.  We have been blessed with eight children (two boys and six girls) who keep us busy, of course, but also joyful and grateful to God for his multitudinous gifts.

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

I do not seek to understand so that I may believe, but I believe so that I may understand. For I believe this also: that unless I will have believed, I will not understand.” – St. Anselm, Proslogion