“To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God…where His grace has shone with particular splendor…”

– Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Dr. Jan Bentz, Ph.D.

Jan Bentz, Ph.D. was born and raised in Germany and graduated high school in St. Louis, Missouri after studying as a foreign exchange student. Professor Bentz holds a doctorate in Philosophy (Dr. Phil) from the Roman Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, a Master’s in Sacred Art, architecture, and Liturgy and a Master’s in Church, Ecumenism, and Religious studies. His fields of expertise include Philosophy, History of Philosophy, and History of Art.

Prof. Bentz teaches Philosophy of Art (Aesthetics) for The Catholic University of America, History of Medieval Philosophy at Christendom College and Apologetics for IES study abroad.

His journalistic career includes weekly TV coverage in German and English for EWTN, writing for CNA, The Catholic Herald, and the Jüdische Rundschau. He contributes regularly to Inside the Vatican. Jan Bentz has worked as a freelance docent tour guide in Rome and the Vatican for over six years.

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