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Meet Our Newest Word on Fire Institute Fellows!

June 7, 2019


The Word on Fire Institute is growing every day! We are pleased to share with you a few more Fellows that we have brought in to the Institute to form you as an active and effective evangelist.

Be sure to read about the Fellows below, and for more information about the Word on Fire Institute, be sure to visit



Dr. Tod Worner

Tod Worner is a husband, father, Catholic convert, and practicing internal medicine physician. He is the Managing Editor of the forthcoming Word on Fire Institute Journal, “Evangelization & Culture.” His blog, “Catholic Thinking,” is found at He also writes for Patheos (“A Catholic Thinker”) and the National Catholic Register. Follow him on Twitter @thinkercatholic.

His course is entitled “Rediscovering the Catholic Narrative.”



Dr. Jennifer Frey

Dr. Frey is a wife and mother of six. She is currently an assistant professor in the philosophy department at the University of South Carolina.  Prior to joining the philosophy faculty at UofSC, she was a Collegiate Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Chicago, where she was a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and an affiliated faculty in the philosophy department.  She earned her PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Her course is entitled “Happiness and the Meaning of Life.”


Dr. Matthew Petrusek  

Dr. Petrusek is the Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He earned his PhD in Religion ad Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School and his MA in Religious Ethics at Yale University. His interests and specializations include metaethics, the intersection of philosophical and theological ethics, Christian ethics, ethics and political theory, natural law, virtue theory, distributive justice, and human dignity. He has published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, and Philosophy and Theology, and has served as an on-air analyst for Noticias MundoFox and CNN Español.

His course is entitled “Re-enchanting the Secular.”


Fr. Stephen Gadberry

Born and raised in a German-Catholic farming family in the Arkansas Delta, Fr. Gadberry joined the US Air Force in 2005-2008 where he served in the Iraq War in 2007. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and the Liberal Arts at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana; his Bachelors in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy; and his Bachelors in Sacred Theology. He double specialized in Theology and Spirituality of Saint Augustine and the Theology and Spirituality of Joseph Ratzinger at the Pontifical Augustinian University in Rome, Italy. He has appeared on the hit television show “American Ninja Warrior” and is a serious Crossfit athlete.

His course is entitled “The People You Will Meet.”