ABOUT

Peter Kwasniewski, born in Chicago in 1971, spent his youth in New Jersey, where attendance at an all-boys Catholic high school brought him an exceptional training in humanities and poor to non-existent religious instruction.

He went off to Georgetown University for a single year, after which he made one of the best moves of his life by starting over again at Thomas Aquinas College in California, from which he received a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1994. Not having had his fill of Washington, D.C., he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America, whose giant statue of Pope Leo XIII in McMahon Hall was a beneficent presence throughout.


After teaching philosophy and theology at the International Theological Institute in Austria and music for the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austrian Program (1998–2006), he joined the founding team of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he served as the first Director of Admissions and Assistant Academic Dean, directed the Choir and Schola, and taught, over time, all of the theology courses and most of the philosophy and fine arts courses (2006–2018). He left WCC in the summer of 2018 to pursue a career as a freelance author, public speaker, editor, publisher, and composer, with the intention of dedicating his life to the articulation and defense of Catholic Tradition in all its dimensions.

Over the past twenty years, Kwasniewski has published hundreds of articles on sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, Thomistic thought, and the social doctrine of the Church, as well as seven books: Wisdom’s Apprentice (CUA Press, 2007); On Love and Charity (CUA Press, 2008); Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014); Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church (Angelico Press, 2014); Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages (Angelico Press, 2017), A Reader in Catholic Social Teaching (Cluny Media, 2017); Tradition and Sanity: Conversations and Dialogues of a Postconciliar Exile (Angelico, 2018). Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis has been published in Czech, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Belarusian, while Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness is being translated into French, Italian, and Croatian. Dr. Kwasniewski writes regularly for New Liturgical Movement, OnePeterFive, LifeSiteNews, and Rorate Caeli.

Many of his approximately 150 musical works have been performed in liturgical settings and in concert.

 

Kwasniewski is also a scholar of The Aquinas Institute in Green Bay, which, in conjunction with Emmaus Academic, is publishing the Opera Omnia of the Angelic Doctor in some 60 volumes; a Fellow of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies, which conducts summer courses in Norcia, Italy; and a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center in Steubenville. 

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Philosophy of Nature, Metaphysics, and Ethics in the Aristotelian-Thomist Tradition

1996-2002

The Catholic University of America

Ph.D. Philosophy, October 2002

1994-1996

The Catholic University of America

M.A. Philosophy, May 1996

1990-1994

Thomas Aquinas College

B.A. Liberal Arts, June 1994

Ecclesiology

Sacramental and Liturgical Theology

Catholic social doctrine

Sacred Music

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