Alan Schreck


Dr. Alan Schreck has been a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville since 1978. During this time he has served as director of Graduate Theology for eight years between 1981 and 1989, as chair of the Departments of Theology and Philosophy from 1988-1992, and as chair of the Department of Theology from 1994-1995, 1999-2008, and 2012-present. Enrollment in the theology program has grown from 20 to 30 students when Dr. Schreck began teaching to over 550 students in both undergraduate and graduate theology programs in 2009. Dr. Schreck was awarded the Faculty Campus Leadership and Teaching Award at Franciscan University in 2000.

Dr. Schreck is well-respected for his expertise in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and their impact on the Catholic Church today. Through his classes and writings he works to tell the truth about what Vatican II really teaches, believing, like Pope John Paul II, that the council was “a great gift of God to the Church in the 20th century.” He has written a column on the documents of Vatican II and the encyclical letters of Pope John Paul II for The Sower, an international journal for Catholic catechetics.

Dr. Schreck also specializes in Catholic Church history, Catholic Church doctrine, Church Renewal and the theology of the Church. He wrote a best-selling book on Catholic apologetics, Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs, which was reprinted in 2004 after selling a third of a million copies. Dr. Schreck co-hosts each summer with Dr. Scott Hahn an apologetics conference at Franciscan University, the Defending the Faith Conference, which draws over 1,200 attendees each year.