A Theologian for the New Evangelism

Dr. Pia de Slenni

Since graduating from Santa Croce (summa cum laude, 2001) with a doctorate in Sacred Theology, Pia de Soleni has been actively equipping Catholics for the “New Evangelism.” Her expertise in Thomistic Anthropology, Bio-Ethics, Feminism and Gender Studies, Marriage and Family, and Culture has provided many opportunities for her to educate and serve over the past fifteen years.

In addition to representing the United States at the United Nations and the Holy See at the Organization of American States, she has contributed articles in academic and popular publications such as The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online. She is on the advisory board of the journal Annales Theologici and a consulting member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Dr. de Solenni is also the associate dean for the Augustine Institute’s satellite campus located at Christ Cathedral in Orange, California. The Augustine Institute website describes its purpose as preparing teachers, catechists, youth ministers and others in service to the Church’s mission of evangelization. One unique feature of the Institute is their ability to reach students via distance learning. The Institute was accredited in 2016.

In September, the Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, appointed Dr. de Solenni as the first Theological Consultant to the Office of the Bishop. In this capacity she will be called upon to collaborate and advise the curia of the diocese “in matters of theology, doctrine and Church history and the impact of these issues within the Catholic family and culture.” Additionally, she will be available to review the bishops writing and teachings, vet diocesan articles for clarity and accuracy, and review religion textbooks to assure they are aligned with magisterial teachings.

We congratulate Dr.  de Solenni for her new appointment and thank her for being an exemplary alumni of Santa Croce – serving others through her academic excellence.


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