“Who am I? Why am I here?”

Admiral James Stockdale,
Professor of Philosophy,
Vice Presidential Debate, 1992

Ite ad Thomam Books and Media was founded in July 2015 by Francisco Romero Carrasquillo and Matthew Cullinan Hoffman to bring scholarly works in the Occidental tradition of philosophy and theology to a modern audience of both academics and laymen. The name invokes the papal dictum “Ite ad Thomam” (“Go to Thomas”), in reference to Thomas Aquinas, the greatest of the Medieval philosophers, whose thought has come to epitomize the Western synthesis of faith and reason.

Dr. Francisco Romero Carrasquillo, IATBM President, received his Ph.D. in Medieval Philosophy from Marquette University in 2009, and his M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University at Steubenville in 2013. He is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classics at St. Gregory the Great Seminary (Seward, NE), 2. He also teaches at the Panamerican University (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) and Holy Apostles College and Seminary (Cromwell, CT), and has taught at Oregon State University and Marquette. He has authored dozens of scholarly articles for academic journals and conferences, including The Thomist, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Acta Philosophica, Anuario Filosófico, Tópicos, Latin Mass Magazine, and The New Catholic Encyclopedia. He is also the translator of A Manual of Scholastic Thomism. la-llae. Cosmology (Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2012). His academic webpage can be found here, and his academic blog can be found here.

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, IATBM Vice President, received his M.A. in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2017, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received a minor degree and 20 additional undergraduate hours in philosophy at George Mason University (1993) and the Pontifical University of Mexico (2009), respectively. Hoffman’s translation of St. Peter Damian’s Book of Gomorrah was IATBM’s first publication in 2015, and garnered praise from scholars and reviewers, as did his translation of the lost condemnations of communism of Vatican II in 2019. Hoffman is certified for academic competency in Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian. His journalism and public policy opinion articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times (London), Detroit News, Catholic World Report, and National Catholic Register, and many other publications.