Born in Arizona, William Hamant grew up all over the West coast, returning to Phoenix for high school before heading off to college at the University of Dayton, his parents’ alma mater. There he completed his undergraduate and masters’ degrees in Theology, writing his master’s Thesis on Bishop Wilhelm von Ketteler, a foundational figure in Catholic Social Teaching, whom Leo XIII himself described as a “great bishop from whom I have learned much.” Most importantly, at Dayton, William met and began dating AnneMarie. Upon graduation, they spent a year of volunteer work in Los Angeles with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, soon after which they were married.
For the first two years of marriage, William and AnneMarie taught in upstate New York, before moving to Washington, D.C., for further studies. During their time in Washington, William and AnneMarie were blessed with three children, whom they homeschool in the Charlotte Mason tradition. In 2012, William received his Ph.D. in Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, writing a dissertation on Joseph Ratzinger’s theology of Creation: how Ratzinger understands the world’s dependence upon, and distinction from, God the Creator. For the past seven years, he has served Assistant Professor of Theology at DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, where his teaching focus has been on Catholic moral theology, especially matters pertaining to marriage and the family and sexual morality.