Eric M. Johnston is a husband and father of five. His family goes back four generations in Madison and other parts of Wisconsin, though he went to high school and college in St. Paul, Minnesota, and now has more family in the Northeast than anywhere else. His wife is from Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Eric did his undergraduate education at Carleton College and then the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, majoring in theology and the great flagship of Catholic Studies. There he was introduced to Bl. John Henry Newman, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, and St. Thérèse, among others. He did his Master’s in Systematic Theology at Boston College, where he worked with Romanus Cessario, O.P., Fr. Matthew Lamb, and the great Franciscan medievalist Steve Brown – and where he met his wife. He then did his Ph.D. in medieval theology at the Catholic University of America, where he was much helped by the great scholar of Bonaventure and Francis, Regis Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., but had his most formative experiences outside of the department, with Msgr. Robert Sokolowski and Kevin White in the great School of Philosophy, and liturgically at the Dominican House of Studies.
From Madison to St. Paul to Boston to Washington, Eric fell in love with cities, and he and his wife now own a home in the Ironbound district of Newark, NJ. Newark is rough, but there is much to love, including the presence of the CFR Franciscans.
In addition to theology and spirituality, Eric enjoys playing Bach on the piano, reading Evelyn Waugh, Flannery O’Connor, and Jane Austen, as well as European history, working on his house, and leisurely family walks in nearby New York City.
You may contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.