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Dr. Ralph McInerny

Dr. Ralph McInernyRalph McInerny holds degrees from the St. Paul Seminary, University of Minnesota, and Laval University. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame since 1955 and since 1978 he has been the Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies. For seven years he was director of the Medieval Institute; from1979  - 2005 he was the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He has published extensively both academically and in the field of fiction. In the first category are Aquinas and Analogy, The Question of Christian Ethics, Aquinas on Human Action and the Penguin Classic, Thomas Aquinas Selected Writing. His biography of Jacques Maritain, The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain appeared (2003). He is the author of the Father Dowling mysteries, the most recent of which is The Widow's Mate (2007); the Andrew Broom mysteries; the Sister Mary Teresa mysteries; and a series of mysteries set at the University of Notre Dame, the most recent of which is Irish Gilt (2005).

He has served as president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, The Metaphysical Society, the American Maritain Society and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. He has been visiting professor at nearly a dozen universities and is the recipient of various fellowships, honors and awards, among them the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement award. He is a fellow of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. His Gifford Lectures, delivered in Glasgow in 1999-2000, were published under the title Characters in Search of Their Author (2001). He was recently appointed to membership on President Bush’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.