Dr. Gregory LaNave

Ordinary Professor of Dogmatic Theology

B.A., St. John’s College, Sante Fe, N.M.
M.A., St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America


Dr. LaNave was born and raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, but has lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1991, when he came to Catholic University to begin a doctoral program in theology. After stints in publishing at the New Catholic Encyclopedia and The Catholic University of America Press, he joined the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception as a full-time faculty member in 2006, and was promoted to full professor in 2014. His special expertise is medieval theology and fundamental theology. He is the author of Through Holiness to Wisdom: The Nature of Theology according to St. Bonaventure (Rome: Istituto storico dei cappuccini, 2005), and scholarly articles on Bonaventure and/or Aquinas in Theological StudiesFranciscan Studies, and The Thomist, as well as essays on “Bonaventure on the Spiritual Senses,” in The Perception of God: The Spiritual Senses in the Christian Tradition (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012) and “Bonaventure’s Theological Method,” in A Companion to Bonaventure (Brill, 2013). Since 1996 he has served the Pontifical Faculty as managing editor of The Thomist, the quarterly journal of philosophy and theology published by the Dominican Fathers, and is the series Editor for The Fathers of the Church: Mediaeval Continuation, published by CUA Press.


Select Publications


Through Holiness to Wisdom: The Nature of Theology according to St. Bonaventure (Rome: Istituto storico dei frati cappuccini, 2005).


“On the Speculative, Practical, or Affective Nature of Theology,” The Thomist 85 (2021): 87-125.

“How Theology Judges the Principles of Other Sciences,” The Thomist 81 (2017): 567-93.

“The Saint as Theologian: A Thomistic Speculation,” Josephinum Journal of Theology 21 (2014): 180-95.

“Bonaventure’s Theological Method,” in Wayne Hellmann and Jay M. Hammond, eds., A Companion to St. Bonaventure (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2013).

“Bonaventure’s Arguments for the Existence of God and an ‘Independent’ De Deo uno,” The Thomist 74 (2010): 57-84.

“Knowing God through and in All Things: A Proposal for Reading Bonaventure’s Itinerarium mentis in Deum,” Franciscan Studies 67 (2009): 267-99; reprinted in Jeffrey Hause, Debates in Medieval Philosophy: Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses (Oxford: Routledge, 2013).


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