Lauren Simms

Ph.D., Religious Studies

I was raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, in a family for whom the Catholic faith is an integral part. My studies led me from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where I majored in Theology and Spanish Language and Literature, and then to the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas in Rome, Italy, where I fulfilled the philosophy prerequisites for a theological degree. I placed my studies on hold to serve the Church in the United States and Italy for five years as a nun, after which time I 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, I 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 my current research, I aim to place contemporary theological voices in conversation with ancient and medieval theologians, that I 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 my spare time is devoted to my husband and young son, with whom I enjoy traveling, hiking, volunteering, and exploring our new home in Texas.