Michon M. Matthiesen, Ph.D., S.T.L., M.A.

Current Position
Assistant Professor
Honors Program Mentor
University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

Ph.D.  Systematic Theology, Boston College
S.T.L.  Sacramental Theology, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley
M.A. English Literature, University of Notre Dame
M.A.  Divinity, University of Chicago

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Eucharistic Theology
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • The Liturgical Movement
  • Literature and Theology
  • Christian Spirituality


Before arriving at The University of Mary, Dr. Matthiesen taught at Providence College (RI), Loyola Marymount University (CA), and St. Patrick’s Seminary and University (CA).  Though rooted in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, she enjoys reading theologians of the early twentieth-century who were keen to retrieve the rich and majestic thought of the early Church Fathers.  Her oldest and enduring love of literature lead her to studies in liturgical and sacramental theology.  Her book, Sacrifice as Gift, urges a recovery of an understanding of Eucharistic sacrifice that is completed by a theology of grace and contemplative prayer.  She has also written on The French School of Spirituality, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Aquinas and Romano Guardini.

Dr. Matthiesen lives with her marvelously athletic Standard Poodle, Cyrano, and enjoys gardening, cooking, and good wine.

Recent Publications/Projects

  • ‘“The Justice of Christ Become Fruitful”: Thomas Aquinas and Romano Guardini on the Iustitia of Worship,’ Antiphon, 20:2, 2016
  • ‘Sacrifice’, The Cambridge Companion to Religion and Literature, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • ‘Divine excess and hidden grandeur: Divinization in the French School of Spirituality’, in Called to be Children of God: Deification in the Catholic Tradition, Ignatius Press, 2016
  • ‘De la Taille’s Mysterium Fidei: Eucharistic sacrifice and nouvelle théologie’, in New Blackfriars, 94:1053, September, 2013
  • Sacrifice as Gift: Eucharist, Grace, and Contemplation in Maurice de la Taille.  The Catholic University of America Press, 2012