About us

The co-operation between the research director and the lead researcher of the FORE project grew out of an initiative entitled “Scholarship Program for Central and Eastern Europe”. This initiative included regular summer schools at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, which was later to become the host institution of the FORE project. It was during these summer schools that the project members first met and discussed some of the ideas that were to form the core of the project.

Helen Alford OP

Project Director

Helen Alford holds a PhD in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University with a thesis on “human-centred technology” (HCT). She is currently an Ordinary Professor of Economics and Ethics, and Vice Dean, of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (Angelicum). Her research mostly concerns the role in, and impact of, ethics and Christian social thought in management.

Selected publications

Helen Alford, “Virtues in the Catholic Tradition”, in Alejo Sison (ed), Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business, Springer, forthcoming.

Helen Alford and German Scalzo, “Prudence as part of a worldview: historical and conceptual dimensions”, in K. Akrivou and A. Sison, eds., The Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common Good: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, (Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, 2016).

Helen Alford and Francesco Compagnoni, eds., Preaching Justice II: Contributions of  Dominican Sisters to Social Ethics in the Twentieth Century (Dublin: Dominican Publications, 2016).

Gábor Ambrus

Lead Researcher

Gábor Ambrus holds a PhD in Theology from K.U. Leuven. His thesis focused on the mediation of theological ideas through a series of mediaeval diagrams. He is currently a researcher at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Rome) and member of the Centre of Theology, Philosophy and Media Theory at the Charles University (Prague). His main research interest is a theological reflection on media, technology, and the cultural embeddedness of revelation.

Selected publications

Gábor Ambrus, “In the Beginning Was the Word – Theological Reflections on Language and Technical Media in the Context of the Gospel of John”, in Acta Universitatis Carolinae Theologica 6 (2016), 135-151.

Gábor Ambrus, “The Eschatological Future of the Jews in the ‘Vine Diagram’ of Joachim of Fiore”, in Irish Theological Quarterly 81 (2016), 1-24.

Gábor Ambrus, “Diagrammatic Design and the Doctrine of the Trinity in Joachim of Fiore”, in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 90 (2014), 617-641.