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Personalism in the Professions
Our culture is hungry for credible Christian witness, for transformation through beauty, and for ethical education that will lead to true happiness. That’s why we’re bringing you this series: to show how personalism is not just a set of ideas but a commitment to values that transforms the way we live.
Join us as we examine the complex intersection of values and vocation in conversation with leading professionals in fields such as education, ministry, healthcare, business, and more.
This event will be hosted by Amanda Achtman, Special Programs Advisor for the Hildebrand Project.
Session I – Educator: Reverence for Truth
Wednesday, September 27th 7:00 p.m. ET with Dr. John F. Crosby (Franciscan University of Steubenville) and Dr. Maria Fedoryka (Ave Maria University)
Dietrich von Hildebrand spoke about reverence as “the mother of all moral life” because “the capacity to grasp values, to affirm them, and to respond to them, is the foundation for realizing the moral values of man.” How can Hildebrand’s account of making the right response to values inform the way we teach and learn?
Accompanying text: “Reverence” chapter from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s book The Art of Living.
John F. Crosby
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Personalism, John Henry Newman, John Paul II, Dietrich von Hildebrand
Prof. Crosby was himself a student of Dietrich Hildebrand. Besides writing major studies on the thought of John Henry Newman, Max Scheler, and Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, and making his own contributions to personalist philosophy, Prof. Crosby has devoted his long and distinguished academic career—first at the University of Dallas, then at the International Academy of Philosophy, and currently at Franciscan University of Steubenville—to introducing his students to the intellectual legacy of Hildebrand, and also to making Hildebrand better known in scholarly circles. Prof. Crosby was the translator of the English edition of Hildebrand’s philosophical masterpiece, The Nature of Love, and he also serves as the General Editor of all our present and future translations of Hildebrand’s works.
Dr. Maria Fedoryka lectures and publishes in both academic and popular fora in the field of the philosophy of love, examining issues spanning from the centrality of love in the being of God, to its role at the center of creation, to its meaning for marriage, family, and sexuality. Having been captivated by the writings of Dietrich von Hildebrand as a teenager and deeply drawn to his phenomenological and personalist philosophy, she pursued her studies under Josef Seifert and John Crosby at the International Academy of Philosophy. Among her scholarly writings are an analysis of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s philosophy of marital intimacy and procreation titled Finis superabundant Operis: Refining an Ancient Cause for Understanding the Spousal Act in the ACPQ, and “‘God is Love’”: Personal Plurality as the Completion of Aristotle’s Notion of Substance and Love as the Absolute Ground of the Divine Being” in the Proceedings of the ACPA. Among her popular publications are the booklet The Special Gift of Women for God, the Family and the World published by the Catholic Truth Society in England. She is currently working on an article comparing Hildebrand’s and Aquinas’s philosophy of affectivity, as well as an article on Hildebrand’s theory of motivation as the key to understanding deliberate moral wrongdoing.
Ave Maria University
Philosophy of Love
“A Comparison of Aquinas on the Passions and Affectiones and Hildebrand on ‘Genuinely Spiritual Affectivity’”. Paper delivered at Colloquium on the Heart sponsored by the Hildebrand Legacy Project. University of Dallas, February 2020
“Is Moral Evil Only Privation? Another Look”. Paper delivered at The True, the Good, and the Beautiful – and the Encounter with Evil Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Annual Convention. Montreal, Quebec, September 2019
Forthcoming: “Does Gender Matter for Marriage? The Centrality of Masculinity and Femininity to Marriage as Mutual Self-Gift in the Theology of the Body” in Dutch Communio, proceedings of the 5th International Theology of the Body Symposium, Kerkrade: 2019
Book review for Review of Metaphysics of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Graven Images
“‘God is Love’: Personal Plurality as the Completion of Aristotle’s Notion of Substance and Love as the Absolute Ground of the Divine Being” in Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 2019
“Human Sexuality: The Battle for the Human Soul” in Mary and the Crisis in the Church, ed. Roger Nutt. Sapientia Press: 2019
“Von Hildebrand, Love and Contraception”, in Humana Vitae, 50 Years Later: Embracing God’s Vision for Marriage, Love, and Life, ed. Theresa Notare. CUA Press: 2019
“Only Union Plus Love Equals Fruitfulness: A Personalist Reflects on the Teaching of Humanae Vitae” in Why Humanae Vitae is Still Right, ed. Janet Smith. Ignatius Press: 2018
“Finis Superabundant Operis: Refining an Ancient Cause for Explaining the Conjugal Act” in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 90, no. 3, 2016, 477-498
The Special Vocation of Women: for God the family and the World, Catholic Truth Society Publications, United Kingdom: 2010
Session II – Minister: Shepherding and Accompaniment in Grief
Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. ET with Fr. Adam Hertzfeld and Fr. Andrew Fryml
“Death offers a striking contrast to all that is ungenuine and unnecessary. It has a solitary and authentic grandeur.” Dietrich von Hildebrand penned these reflections at eighty-six years of age, aware that he was nearing the end of his life. In the face of suffering and death, what basis do we have for hope? How does hope differ from optimism? What can we do for those who are grieving?
Accompanying text: “Christian Hope”, “Christ Transforms Death”, and “Attaining the Christian View of Death” short chapters from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s book Jaws of Death: Gate of Heaven.
Fr. Adam Hertzfeld
Father Adam Hertzfeld is pastor of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay, Ohio. A 1997 graduate of Franciscan University, he went on to study for the priesthood at the North American College in Rome. He was ordained in 2002. Fr. Adam earned a Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University (Alfonsian Academy) in 2008. He wrote on a theme in the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand regarding affectivity and religious conversion.
Fr. Andrew Fryml
Born into a Catholic family in South Carolina, Fr. Fryml received the call to the priesthood and entered the seminary at twenty years of age. He studied in New Jersey and Texas and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in June 2017. Since then, he has served as a parochial vicar and chaplain of various Catholic high schools and colleges. He has recently begun studies for a Doctorate of Education through the University of St. Thomas.
Session III – Entrepreneur: Building Businesses for Persons
Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. ET with Myles Harrington, Dr. Andrew Abela, and John Henry Crosby
What happens when a business owner is motivated not just by profitability but also by a commitment to Personalism and Catholic Social Teaching? Our panel will explore topics like the importance of respect for employee autonomy, the centrality of community for employee job satisfaction (even in a fully remote company), and the benefits of emphasizing human virtue—especially humility—over technical credentials in hiring. The panel will also explore the general appeal of Personalism to a diverse workforce and the extraordinary correlation between financial success and adherence to the foundational principle underlying Catholic Social Teaching: that we are all made the image and likeness of our Creator.
Accompanying text: Paragraph 35, taken from Pope St. John Paul II’s Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus.
Myles Harrington is President and Co-Founder of Grant Street Group, a government technology company with 400 remote employees that supplies software-as-a-service to state and county government agencies that they use to i) bill, collect and distribute taxes, fees, and fines, ii) issue permits and municipal licenses, iii) process driver’s license and automobile title and tag transactions, and iv) process online payments. Grant Street also hosts online auctions of municipal bonds, delinquent property taxes, and deeds.
Myles received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University. For the first 15 years of his professional career, he was an Investment Banker at both Wall Street and regional firms. In 1995, he co-founded Grant Street Group.
From the start, the co-founders were inspired and guided by Catholic Social Teaching, the Personalism of St. John Paul II and St. Josemaria Escriva’s teachings on the sanctification of ordinary work. These ideals have informed the company culture and resulted in a company-wide spirit of service to colleagues and clients that has generated organic revenue growth averaging 25% over the past 25 years.
Andrew V. Abela
Andrew Abela is the founding dean of the Busch School of Business and Ordinary Professor of Marketing at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. His research on the integrity of the marketing process, including marketing ethics, Catholic Social Doctrine, and internal communication, has been published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Markets & Morality, and in two books. He is the co-editor of A Catechism for Business, from Catholic University Press, and winner of the 2009 Novak Award, a $10,000 prize given by the Acton Institute for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.”
Dr. Abela also provides consulting and training in internal communications to Fortune 100 corporations. Prior to his academic career, he spent several years in industry as brand manager at Procter & Gamble, management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and Managing Director of the Marketing Leadership Council of the Corporate Executive Board. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Marketing and Ethics from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Kathleen, have six children, two of whom (so far) have graduated from Catholic U.
John Henry Crosby
John Henry Crosby is a translator, writer, critic, and cultural entrepreneur.
Late in 2003, searching for a life’s work that could integrate the quest for truth, the existential need for beauty, and the service of a great good, and beginning to despair of ever finding such a mission, he called Alice von Hildebrand to propose that he spend one year translating her late husband’s Aesthetics. Would she help, he asked.
She did, and her blessing transformed his one-year plan into lifelong mission that soon attracted the collaboration of others. Thus, the life’s work he had sought found him. Established in February 2004, the Hildebrand Project’s mission to renew culture has grown to encompass publications, events, fellowships, and online resources that draw on the continuing vitality of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s thought and witness.
Under his leadership, the Hildebrand Project has become the world’s leading organization dedicated to Dietrich von Hildebrand’s legacy. The Project has been supported by many leading foundations and donors, including the Bradley Foundation, Chiaroscuro Foundation, Earhart Foundation, Fieldstead & Company, Henry Luce Foundation, Luddy Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Our Sunday Visitor Institute, Papal Foundation, and the Raskob Foundation.
He was the editor of a new edition of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s The Heart (St. Augustine’s Press, 2007). He joined John F. Crosby as co-translator of Hildebrand’s major philosophical work, The Nature of Love (St. Augustine’s Press, 2009). He edited Selected Papers in the Philosophy of Dietrich von Hildebrand (2012), the first major volume of essays on von Hildebrand in two decades. Most recently he is the primary compiler, editor, and translator of Hildebrand’s anti-Nazi papers, My Battle Against Hitler (Random House, 2014).
His work has been featured in both popular (e.g., The Daily Beast) and scholarly publications (Logos Journal). His numerous radio appearances have taken him from PRI’s The Takeaway to the Hugh Hewitt Show. He was host of He Dared Speak the Truth, a 14-part television series on the life of Dietrich von Hildebrand, which aired on EWTN (2014).
Son of an Austrian mother and an American father, his mother tongue was German. Both his undergraduate studies in philosophy, history, and literature (2000) as well as his graduate studies in philosophy (2001) were pursued at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.
He was for many years a violinist. As a student of Daniel Heifetz, he was formed in the great violinistic traditions of Henryk Szeryng, David Oistrakh, and Ivan Galamian.
He serves as a trustee of The Personalist Project.
In 2010 he married Robin-Marie Bobak. Through their marriage—and all the more with the birth of their children Magdalene (2011), Robin (2013), John Henry, Jr. (2015), and Peter—he has found (or, again, been found by) an integration of the good, true, and beautiful far greater than any he has ever known.
Session IV – Physician: Treating the Patient as Person
Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. ET, with Roy Heyne, MD and Kristin Collier, MD
Do doctors have a responsibility to promote the objective good of their patients? We’ve heard the buzzword “patient-centered care”; but what happens when the patient’s good is in conflict with what the patient wants? Join us to go deeper into what it actually means to treat patients as persons.
Accompanying text: Chapter 9 on “Relativism” from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Ethics.
Roy J. Heyne, MD
Dr. Heyne has been a practicing, board-certified pediatrician for the past 45 years, focusing since 2003 in comprehensive follow-up care of high-risk neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) graduates at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, serving as Medical Director of the THRIVE Clinic. He joined the part-time faculty of University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical School in 1978 and has been full-time academic Professor of Pediatrics in the Neonatal-Perinatal Division since 2003, involved in clinical research (co-authoring 28 peer-reviewed neurodevelopmental outcomes studies in the NIH NICHD Neonatal Research Network), teaching (fellows, residents, students), and clinical care.
He has had a long-standing interest in medical ethics, encouraged by his early mentor and life-long friend Dietrich von Hildebrand, which led to his study of philosophy at the University of Salzburg, Austria in 1969 and University of Dallas in 1978-80. He has lectured periodically in medical ethics at University of Dallas and UTSW, including in the areas or prenatal life and neonatal ethics; and he has been a faculty advisor for the St. Basil the Great Society at UTSW. He is past-President of the Catholic Medical Guild of Dallas and Regional Director, Education Committee Co-chair, and Board Member of the national Catholic Medical Association. He has served as co-founder and vice-President of the Low Birth Weight Development Center since 1992, which addresses the developmental, psychosocial and educational needs of high-risk and their parents. His honors include Senior Clinician of the Year (1987), Mead Johnson National Pediatric Scholar (1992), Top Ten Teacher in Department of Pediatrics (2004), 1996 Outstanding Person of the Year Award for Community Service–Knights of Columbus, 1999 Bishop of Dallas Pro-Life Award for Supportive Services to mothers and babies.
Last, but not least, he is blessed to be the husband for fifty years of a wonderful wife who practices pediatrics with him and is mother to their eight very accomplished children (including three physicians, a lawyer, a PhD history professor, two women religious with advanced degrees, and a talented mother of seven) who have added the further blessing of 24 amazing grandchildren.
Kristin Collier, MD
Kristin Collier, MD, FACP is an assistant professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan where she serves as the director of the University of Michigan Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her internship, residency and chief residency at The University of Michigan Hospitals. Her academic interests are in the overlap of spirituality, religion and medicine and her peer reviewed work has been published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, The Journal of General Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She also has had writings published in Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal, Theopolis, and America Magazine.