Director of Intellectual Formation

Dr. Matthew Walz

In 2012, I began serving as the Director of Intellectual Formation at Holy Trinity Seminary. Since then it has been a great blessing to me to assist these young men as they seek to do God’s will.

I was born in New York, but grew up mostly in Ohio. I did undergraduate studies at Christendom College in Virginia, double-majoring in philosophy and theology. Then I studied in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. There I earned a doctorate in philosophy by completing a dissertation on St. 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 in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. Then I began teaching at Thomas Aquinas College in California, where I remained for eight years. Since 2008 I have been a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Dallas. Currently I also serve as Chair of the department.

My research and writing focus primarily on medieval philosophy, ancient philosophy, and philosophical anthropology. Besides St. Thomas, my favorite authors include Aristotle, St. Augustine, Boethius, St. Anselm, and St. Bonaventure.

I am especially blessed to be married to my lovely wife Teresa. We have eight children—two boys and six girls. They keep us busy, of course, but also joyful and grateful to God for His manifold 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