Fr. Basil Burns, O.S.B., Ph.D., was ordained in 2001 and defended his dissertation on St. Thomas Aquinas’s theory of love and intimacy in 2013. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he has preached retreats and engaged in parish work for most of his ministry. He has been an educator, pastor, missionary in Canada, and retreat master. Presently, he has re-entered monastic life at St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania where he teaches philosophy, offers spiritual direction, and is involved in campus ministry. His research interests include philosophical anthropology and the influence of philosophy on theology.