Father Orr successfully defends doctoral thesis

As the crowning moment of a highly successful residential fortnight for Maryvale Institute’s postgraduate research students, Father John Orr successfully defended his doctoral thesis at Maryvale in Birmingham, England, and is now set to become the first PhD graduate under the new partnership between the Institute and Liverpool Hope University.

Father Orr, a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville and associate pastor of Holy Ghost in Knoxville, wrote his thesis on reason in the philosophy of Karol Wojtyla (Blessed John Paul II), and his examiners included Professor Gilfredo Marengo of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome, and a world-renowned expert in the field.