Augustine Institute Faculty: Michel Therrien, S.T.L, S.T.D.

Michel Therrien

Michel Therrien,
S.T.L, S.T.D.

Associate Professor


STD, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
STL, International Theological Institute in Austria
MA, Franciscan University of Steubenville
BA, Gonzaga University


Dr. Michel Therrien is a professor of Fundamental Moral Theology at the Augustine Institute. He taught at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA for seven years, serving as Academic Dean from 2008-2012. His prior work experience also includes two years with the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, MI, teaching high school religion, serving as a DRE, a youth minister, and RCIA leader for various parishes. His areas of scholarly interest are Thomistic virtue ethics and Catholic social teaching.

Recent Publications

“The Practice of Responsible Parenthood, NFP & the Covenantal Unity of Spouses,” in Leaving and Coming Home, ed. David M. Cloutier (Eugene: Cascade Books), 2010.

Review of Aquinas, Aristotle and the Promise of the Common Good by Mary Margaret Keys, Markets and Morality, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Fall 2007)

Law, Liberty, and Virtue: A Thomistic Defense for the Pedagogical Character of Law, doctoral dissertation published by the University of Fribourg, Suisse (ethesis), July 2007.

Series editor for the Christian Social Thought Series, Center for Economic Personalism, 2000-2001.

A Living Wage: Lessons in Economic Justice, Christian Social Thought Series n. 3 (Grand Rapids: Center for Economic Personalism, 2001).

“Does Double Effect Justify the Separation of Jodie and Mary,” The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol. 1, no. 3 (Fall 2001).

“John Paul II's Use of the Term Neo Liberalism in Ecclesia in America,” Josephinum Journal of Theology, vol. 8, no. 2, Summer/Fall 2001.

Review of The Splendor of Faith by Avery Dulles, Religion and Liberty, vol. 11, no. 3 (May and June 2001), 13.

International Debt Relief: An Economic and Catholic Appraisal, Christian Social Thought Series n. 2 (Grand Rapids: Center for Economic Personalism, 2001).

A Catholic Response to Economic Globalization: Applications of Catholic Social Teaching, Christian Social Thought Series n. 1 (Grand Rapids: Center For Economic Personalism, 2001).

Editor, “The Catholic Church and the Stewardship of Creation,” Environmental Stewardship in the Judeo-Christian Tradition (Grand Rapids: Acton Institute, 2000).

“Alliance of Baptists Define Ecology as ‘Central Motif,’” Environmental Stewardship Review, vol. 1, Winter 2000.

“Where Good Philanthropists Go Wrong,” Grand Rapids Press, August 10, 1999.