Shane Owens


An alumnus of Franciscan University, Dr. Shane Owens (MA ’13) returned to the Ohio Valley in 2023 as an assistant professor of theology. Dr. Owens has taught classes at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the Dominican House of Studies, and The Catholic University of America, where he completed his doctorate in historical theology. The theological exegesis and ecclesiology of St. Augustine of Hippo is the primary focus of his scholarship. He has a forthcoming book with Emmaus Road Publishing on the spirituality of Augustine’s Confessions, Return to the Heart. Dr. Owens met his wife, Esther (Power ’14, MA ’15) at Franciscan. Together, they raise two children in the Steubenville area.