Dr. Owen Vyner

Associate Professor
Department of Theology (chairman)

Contact Information:

Dr. Owen Vyner
134 Christendom Dr.
Front Royal, VA 22630


B.A., University of Western Australia
Grad DipEd, University of Notre Dame (Australia)
MTheol, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (Melbourne)
S.T.L., Liturgical Institute (Mundelein)
Ph.D., John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (Melbourne)

Classes Taught

  • Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine I and II
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Sacraments of Healing: Penance and Anointing of the Sick
  • The Domestic Church: The Future of Humanity and the Christian Family
  • The Sacraments and Sacramentality

  • The Second Vatican Council


I enjoy listening to multichannel and high-resolution music. I am also interested in mixology, test cricket, and Formula One.

Areas of Expertise

Sacramental Theology, the Sacrament of Penance, theology of marriage and the family, and theological anthropology.

Select Publications

Academia Page

Book Chapter, “The Family in the Life and Mission of Church,” in Colin Patterson and Conor Sweeney (eds.), God and Eros: The Ethos of the Nuptial Mystery (Oregon: Cascade Books, 2015), 162–76.

Book Chapter, “Friedrich Nietzsche: Eros, moralidad y muerte de Dios,” in Alejandro Sada, Tracey Rowland, y Rudy Albino de Assunção (eds.), Joseph Ratzinger en dialogo con las tradiciones filosóficas: De Platón a Vattimo, (Madrid: Redacción de Ediciones Encuentro), 211–231.

Forthcoming, Book Chapter, “Friedrich Nietzsche: Eros, Christian Morality, and the Death of God,” in Tracey Rowland, Alejandro Sada, and Rudy Albino de Assunção (eds.), Joseph Ratzinger in Dialogue with Philosophical Traditions: From Plato to Vattimo, (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2023), 148–162.


“Disembodied Conversion or Gift of Mercy?: Confession by Videoconference,” Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal

“Water Becoming Wine: The Sacrament of Penance and Conjugal Spirituality,” Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal 23, no. 3 (2019): 261–83.

“Recontextualization or Revitalization? A Sacramental Approach to Postmodernity and Pluralism,” Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal 22, no. 1 (2018): 16–37.

“The Sacrament of Baptism as a Participation in the Death of Christ,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (April 2011): 10–15.

“Whoever Receives One Such Child: A Theology of Adoption,” Anthropotes, no. XXIV/2008/2: 433–45.

“The Importance of Freedom in Love and Marriage,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (August-September 2007): 30–31, 53–57.

“That They May Be One: A Sacramental-Ecclesial Approach to Eucharistic Revival,” What We Need Now Substack

“Love has Made in us a Sort of Death: The Eucharistic Ecclesiology of Henri de Lubac,” The Adoremus Bulletin