Ralph McInerny, Ph.D.

Ralph McInerny founded International Catholic University.  He was a beloved professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he directed the Medieval Institute and the Jacques Maritain Center.  Dr. McInerny was a fellow of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, a recipient of the Boucheron Lifetime Achievement Award, and a member of President Bush’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.  He founded Crisis Magazine, Catholic Dossier, and hosted the Basics of Catholicism conference at Notre Dame for many years. A tireless writer, he published countless books on matters of faith and philosophy, as well as witty novels, including the well-known Father Dowling Mysteries and a more recent series of mysteries set at Notre Dame.