Robert V. Thomann, DMin, PhD

About Robert V. Thomann, DMin, PhD

Robert V. Thomann, DMin, PhD, is a married permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. He and his wife, Joan, minister in the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood, NJ. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Fordham University, a Master’s in Systematic Theology from Seton Hall University, a PhD in Oceanography from New York University, a Master’s in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from NYU, and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College (1956).

He was Assistant Director of Administration for the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Newark and has taught in the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Guam and in the diaconate programs of the Dioceses of Newark and Paterson, New Jersey. Previous assignments include Director of RCIA for his parish for almost two decades. He previously held a position of Associate Director for Deacon Formation for the Archdiocese for seven years. As an environmental engineer and scientist, he taught for thirty years at Manhattan College, where he is currently Professor Emeritus of Environmental Engineering and Science. He was widely published in the field, including a best-selling textbook on Water Quality Modeling. He is an emeritus member of the National Academy of Engineering.

His recent publications include the book A Hemorrhaging Church, Evangelization and the Neocatechumenal Way (Amazon) and papers in Crisis Magazine and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. A new book entitled Environmental Fear or Christian Environmental Love, the Great Environmental Decision is to be released (Amazon) in March 2019.

Christ’s Corona Is Our Corona

The COVID story pales in comparison to the infectious disease of faith which the Church is experiencing. While this disease of the faith seems to be widely known, it is not widely acknowledged; while it is widely recognized, it is not … [Read more...]

Jesus Christ Is the Only Answer to Our Totalitarian Sexualized Culture

It is not too difficult to demonstrate that today we live within a culture that dictates acceptable sexual views and behavior. In a very real sense, we are immersed in a kind of totalitarian state, a totalitarian sexual culture. Is this too … [Read more...]

Christian Environmental Love

The Eucharist as Lamb and Predator-Prey Transformation

The ambiance, the setting in which the human person lives, the “waters” in which we swim, is our “environment.” It represents the totality in which the human person lives, relates, and interacts. More than that, for the believer in a transce … [Read more...]

The Blinding of Human Environmental Greatness

There is a great darkness that is descending on our world—a darkness that emerges from an ever deepening blindness of the eye that sees truth, the eye that sees the invisible, the eye that gives voice to the reality of beauty. Man and woman … [Read more...]