Conference Plenary Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Ralph Martin

Conference Plenary Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Ralph Martin

Dr. Martin, Professor of Theology and Driector of Graduate Programs in The New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, is coming to Ave Maria University to speak at the conference, Mother Teresa and the Mystics. He will speak on “John of the Cross and Mother Teresa: The Truth About Dark Nights” a central aspect to the spirituality of St. Teresa of Calcutta. He is scheduled to speak on Friday, February 10th at 5:00pm, in the Bob Thomas Student Union Ballroom.

Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Martin received his BA from the University of Notre Dame in Philosophy and did Graduate work on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Philosophy at Princeton University. He received his MA in theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary and has been on the faculty since 2002. He holds a S.T.L. degree from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. and an S.T.D. in systematic theology from the Pontifical Faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome. He teaches in the areas of systematic theology, spirituality and evangelization and is Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization which includes the STL program as well as the New Evangelization concentrations in the MA and MAPS programs. He has published widely and is engaged actively in Catholic evangelization through the non-profit organization Renewal Ministries, of which he is president. His latest books are The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call Will Many Be Saved?What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization and The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. In December of 2011 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dr. Martin as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. In 2012 Dr. Martin was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as an “expert” for the World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.