Theology Faculty

  1. Theology Faculty

All FranU Theology faculty have the Mandatum, which is a promise to teach with official doctrine of the Catholic Church.

Shaun Blanchard, Ph.D.

Shaun Blanchard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology, has taught at FranU since 2018. His first monograph,The Synod of Pistoia and Vatican II: Jansenism and the Struggle for Catholic Reform, will be published by Oxford University Press in October. He has also published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in early modern and modern Catholic theology and history. Shaun is currently co-editing an anthology of translated Catholic Enlightenment texts with Ulrich Lehner. He teaches Introduction to Theology, Church History, and New Testament. Shaun and his wife, Ann-Marie, attend Christ the King Parish on the campus of LSU.


John Meinert, Ph.D.

John Meinert, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, specializes in Moral Theology. He has two published books, The Love of God Poured Out: Grace and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in St. Thomas Aquinas and Christ Alive in Us: An Introduction to Moral Theology. He has also published numerous scholarly and popular articles concerning Moral Theology, Thomas Aquinas, Grace, and Spirituality. He teaches Moral Theology, Catholic Social Thought, Bioethics, and Spirituality at FranU. He is a parishioner at Christ the King, along with his wife, Katie, and their four children, Benedict, Dominic, Anselm, and Edith. In his free time, he enjoys reading Catholic novels, gardening, beekeeping, and fishing.


Brian Pedraza, Ph.D.

Brian Pedraza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology, specializes in catechesis and evangelization. He teaches Introduction to Theology, Old Testament, Ecclesiology, Christology and Mariology, Catechesis for the New Evangelization, Catholic Social Teaching, Christianity and Science, and the Ministry Capstone. He has published popular and academic articles on catechesis, evangelization, the Second Vatican Council, among other topics, and his book, Catechesis for the New Evangelization: Vatican II, John Paul II, and the Unity of Revelation and Experience is forthcoming from CUA Press. He and his wife, Adrienne, along with their three boys, attend Christ the King Parish in Baton Rouge.


David Whidden, Ph.D.

David Whidden, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, specializes in systematic and historical theology. He has published a book on Thomas Aquinas,Christ the Light: The Theology of Light and Illumination in Thomas Aquinas, along with several other articles on Aquinas and articles on Anselm of Canterbury. He teaches on a wide variety of topics, including courses on the Old and New Testaments, Trinitarian Theology, Sacramental Theology, Church History, and Catholic Social Teaching. He is a parishioner at St. Aloysius, along with his wife, Alicia, and three children.