Lauren Simms

Graduate Student in Systematic Theology




Lauren was raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, in a family for whom the Catholic faith was an integral part. Her studies led her from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where she majored in Theology and Spanish Language and Literature, and then to the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas in Rome, Italy, where she fulfilled the philosophy prerequisites for a theological degree. Lauren placed her studies on hold to serve the Church in the United States and Italy for five years as a nun, after which time she returned to the academic life.  

Following seven years of rigorous study of Scripture and theology, specifically the thought of the 13th Century theologian Thomas Aquinas, Lauren earned two degrees from the Vatican, a Bachelor’s (S.T.B) and License (S.T.L.) in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. In her current research, she aims to place contemporary theological voices in conversation with ancient and medieval theologians, that she may address the perennial questions of humanity: Who is God and what is God’s nature? Who are we and how do we understand human nature? And how ought we to define the relationship of God with humanity in light of Christian revelation?  

Most of Lauren's spare time is devoted to her husband and young son, with whom she enjoys traveling, hiking, volunteering, and exploring their new home in Texas.


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