Welcome Alan Mostrom08.28.17
Meet Mr. Alan Mostrom in his words.
“Southwest Ohio has been my home since 2010, but I am originally from the Pacific Northwest. Raised in Tacoma, WA as a Pentecostal Christian, I started my academic career in the Protestant tradition. Before entering into academic life, I worked for several years as a longshoreman – a family profession – before attending Nyack College in NY. At Nyack I met my wife, Sarah; we were married in 2006, the same year I graduated with my BA in Philosophy and started a master’s program in New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in KY. In 2009, Sarah and I made the decision to joyfully enter the Catholic Church together with our eldest daughter Lucy. We have since welcomed four more children into our family, Iris, David, Theresa, and Jacob.
After graduating from Asbury, I started the PhD program in theology at the University of Dayton, where I am currently finishing the dissertation process. My dissertation focuses on the U.S. reception of Yves Congar’s theology of the laity. My particular scholarly interests are in Thomistic theology, dogmatic theology, and their conversation with contemporary systematic theology and biblical studies.
I am thrilled to join the faculty of the Athenaeum of Ohio and offer my gifts to service of God’s people, lay and cleric, in this great Archdiocese. I relish the opportunity to teach systematic theology to the students of the Athenaeum of Ohio. This Fall, I teach Christian Anthropology to the first year theology students and Christology – the doctrine of Christ’s person and work – to the second year theology students. In the Spring, I teach Fundamental Dogma, Trinitarian theology, and Ecclesiology II.
Teaching and studying systematic theology, for me, is not a dry, abstract reduction of theological mysteries. That would be tragic! Rather, I see the work of systematic theology as a godly service. It is the goal of systematic theology to integrate the vast knowledge of theological, liturgical, and biblical studies into a singular wisdom of divine things. Put more succinctly, systematic theology offers every child of God a unique way to bring together many of the truths and insights of theological/Scriptural study for the ultimate purpose of growing in knowledge and love of our Triune Lord.”
Welcome Mr. Mostrom!