Senior Fellows

Dr. Andrew Swafford

Andrew Swafford earned his doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in May of 2012, graduating with summa cum laude honors. His dissertation sought to rehabilitate the importance of Matthias J. Scheeben for resolving and clarifying the relationship of nature and grace”that is, the relationship of man's nature to the wondrous grace of the Cross; here Andrew showed how Scheeben carefully balances man's natural inclination toward God, alongside affirming the singular and supernatural uniqueness of the grace offered in Jesus Christ. In May of 2009, Andrew earned a master's degree in Old Testament & Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A.), finishing again with summa cum laude honors; he wrote his master's thesis on the "godly wife"of Proverbs 31:10-31. At Trinity Evangelical, he was known as"Catholic Andy" since he was the only Catholic in the graduate program; here Andrew developed biblical principles for exploring and grounding Catholic theology, intensively studying both Hebrew and Aramaic, as well as exploring the Bible's historical and archaeological background. Here he was also able to get to know a host of budding Evangelical scholars among both his fellow students as well as on the faculty. Earlier in May of 2007, Andrew earned his licentiate degree in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, finishing with summa cum laude honors; his licentiate thesis concerned the importance of St. Thomas Aquinas’ view of “nature” for Theology. In 2004, Andrew earned bachelor degrees in both Theology and Philosophy from Benedictine College, finishing with cum laude honors. Here he met his wife Sarah, also a 2004 graduate of Benedictine College. She is a frequent speaker across the country on matters relating to"emotional virtue" "interior confidence" and a host of other related issues; among other venues, she has appeared on EWTN"s Life on the Rock. Andrew has also spoken at parishes and conferences on the Papacy, Mary, and the Eucharist, as well as on Salvation History.  Andrew and Sarah currently have three children -Thomas 6, Fulton 5, and Cate 1; they reside in Atchison, KS. .

Curriculum Vitae


Assistant Professor of Theology, Benedictine College (Atchison, KS)
Courses Taught:

Th 210 Old Testament I: Pentateuch; Th 315 Old Testament II: Wisdom Literature; Th 310 Old Testament III: Prophets; Th 101 Intro to Theology; RI 275 Celebrating the Christian Mystery: Introduction to Liturgy and the Sacraments; Ph 101 Logic; Ph 175 Logic & Nature; Ph 325 Ethics

S.T.D., University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, May 2012
  (Summa cum laude for both oral defense and dissertation)

Dissertation Title (directed by Rev. Edward T. Oakes, S.J.):  
The Legacy of Henri de Lubac on Nature and Grace: The Resolution of the Contemporary Debate in the Theology of Matthias J. Scheeben

M.A., (Old Testament and Semitic Languages), Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School, May 2009
(Summa cum laude)

Master’s Thesis (directed by Willem VanGemeren):  
The Valiant Wife of Prov XXXI 10-31as Embodiment of Royal Wisdom

S.T.L., University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, May 2007 
(Summa cum laude)

  Licentiate thesis (directed by Rev. Edward T. Oakes, S.J.): 
The Importance of Philosophy of Nature for the Prospect of a Rapprochement between Faith and Reason: Its compatibility with Newtonian science and thereupon its importance for the foundations of systematic theology

B.A., (Religious Studies and Philosophy), Benedictine College, 2004 
(Cum laude); St. Anselm award winner


Biblical Theology (Old and New Testaments)
Thomistic-Aristotelian Philosophy
Nature and Grace


University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary: 
N.T. Greek (2006-07)

Benedictine College, Theology and Philosophy Departments: 
Fall of 2007-Present


The Convergence of all Salvation History in the Holy Eucharist, Kansas Catholic College Student Convention (KCCSC), Lawrence, KS, February 11-12, 2012

Papacy in Light of the Davidic Kingdom, Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea Catholic 
Church, Bucyrus, KS, December 6, 2009

Eucharist as Fulfillment of the Old Testament Passover, Queen of the Holy 
Rosary Wea Catholic Church, Bucyrus, KS, October 11, 2009

First Century Judaism Seminar: The Todah Sacrifice: the Apostles’
Understanding of the Eucharist, respondent, September 8, 2007
Dallas chapter of Catholics United for the Faith and Remnant of Israel

Philosophy and Science: How Formal Causality can make Science Philosophical 
and Philosophy Scientific, Midwest American Academy of Religion, March 31, 2007

The New Evangelization, FOCUS conference, January 2006


I Choose God: Stories from Young Catholics, ed. Chris Cuddy and Peter
Ericksens, introduction by Scott Hahn (Cincinnati, Ohio: Servant Books, 2007).


EWTN RADIO: Nextwave Faithful, host Stephanie Wood, August 9, 2007


University of St. Mary of the Lake (USML):

  History of Christian Thought I (Paul-225 A.D.)
  History of Christian Thoguht II (200-800) (6 hours)
  History of Christian Thought III (600-1300) (6 hours)
  History of Christian Thought IV (1300-1700) (Robert Barron)
  History of Christian Thought V (1700-1900) (Emery DeGáal)
History of Christian Thought VI (1900-1965) (Edward T. Oakes, S.J.)
History of Christian Thought VII (1965-present) (Edward T. Oakes, S.J.)
Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar (Edward T. Oakes, S.J.)
  Mariology (Emery DeGáal)

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS):

Exegesis of Isaiah 40-48 (Willem VanGemeren)
Exodus (James K. Hoffmeier)
Archaeology and the Bible (James K. Hoffmeier)
Ancient Near Eastern History (K. Lawson Younger)
  Systematic Theology (Kevin Vanhoozer)
  Biblical Aramaic
  Biblical Hebrew (18 semester hours)


Edward T. Oakes, USML
Emery DeGáal, USML
Robert Barron, USML
Willem VanGemeren, TEDS
James K. Hoffmeier, TEDS
Richard White, Benedictine College, Theology Department, Chair
Jean Rioux, Benedictine College, Philosophy Department, Chair
Kim Shankman, Benedictine College, Academic Dean
Edward P. Sri, Augustine Institute
Cajetan Cuddy, O.P