Theology, Science, Reason, Relationships
Dr. Stacy Trasancos
Stacy Trasancos, scientist, theologian, and mother, has a doctorate in chemistry, a master’s in dogmatic theology, and seven children. She worked as a chemist for DuPont before converting to Catholicism and radically restructuring her life. She left her career to stay home with her kids, from there becoming a writer and educator. Now, she is the Executive Director of Bishop Strickland’s St. Philip Institute in Tyler, Texas. She also teaches online theology courses for Seton Hall University and is a Fellow of the Word on Fire Institute.
She is a frequent guest on Catholic media, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, EWTN, Catholic Answers Live, Subject Matters with Sebastian Gomes, and The Journey Home. She has written numerous articles for Catholic publications and is the author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki and Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science (Ave Maria Press), which has also been published as a textbook for Catholic high schools and colleges. She has also written a Catholic Answers booklet 20 Answers: Bioethics and writes the Science column for the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly.
Dr. Trasancos lives with her family in Hideaway, Texas. With over three decades of scholarly pursuit and parenting experience, she is passionate about leading souls to Christ while keeping it real. She prides herself on giving talks that are informative and inspiring, but free of jargon and real.
Particles of Faith: How Chemistry Led Me to Christ
Stacy Trasancos was a chemist and atheist before she was Catholic. She tells the story of how her love for science was actually a search for truth all along, from childhood awe and wonder to research in a state-of-the-art laboratory trying to simulate photosynthesis on nanocomposite designs. Through her narrative, she explains how materialistic thinking has pervaded our science-obsessed culture and offers solutions to turn the tables and lead others to Christ through science.
Science Was Born of Christianity
The public narrative is that faith and science contradict, but history tells a different story. The birth of modern science can be traced all the way back to Genesis 1:1. The Christian worldview is, and always has been, radically different than that of any other religion or culture. This fact-filled talk equips Catholics to engage the secular world in confidence and defend the truth of Jesus Christ in a technological age.
Eucharistic Miracles and the Data
Chemist and theologian, Stacy Trasancos, explains transubstantiation and the definition of miracles before weaving together some of the most amazing stories from various Eucharistic Miracles through time and around the world—the host turning to flesh, blood boiling over a chalice, human heart tissue preserved for thousands of years, living tissue from the part of the heart that supplies blood to the whole body. Having prayed to see the data herself before speaking publicly, she explains how God arranged for test results and evidence to literally fall onto her desk so she could interpret it for herself. This talk will inspire reverence for the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
How to Bind Your Family to Heaven Without Using Duct Tape
Stacy Trasancos has not just walked on both sides of the atheist to Catholic fence; she has lived each for over a decade. Once convinced that science had all the answers, she found the fullness of the Truth in the Catholic Church. In this lively talk, Stacy explains the dangers of atheism and how it damages our human bonds to view people as collections of atoms, both at the individual, the familial, and the societal level. Then she gives the beautiful answer for reconciling all your relationships.
Femina Theologiae: Practical Theology for Women
In this fun and smart talk, Stacy Trasancos mother of seven, brings the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (summary of theology) to bear on the modern world that women face. Theological truths about the human person, virtue, prayer, and intelligent femininity help women guide their loved ones through the valley of tears, making sense out of pain, understanding what it means to be human, and applying formulas for making good decisions, a toolbag for women of any age.
Why Catholic Bioethics Matter
As the Science columnist for the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s quarterly journal, Trasancos regularly comments on bioethical considerations in the light of Catholic teaching. In this talk, she address issues in biomedical research regarding the beginning, end, and overall dignity of human life. Topics include the use of embryos and aborted fetuses in research, research to grow humans in the lab, new ideas about artificial intelligence, and the ways genetics are helping us understand being human.