Fr. Vélez was born in Venezuela and grew up in Colombia and the United States. He has also lived in England, Spain and Italy. His earlier professional formation was as a physician specialized internal medicine.
He is author of some medical ethics and theology articles and the book "Passion for Truth, the Life of John Henry Newman" (TAN Books 2012). With Mike Aquilina he is co-author of "Take Five, Meditations with John Henry Newman" (Our Sunday Visitor 2010).
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading biographies and learn from the lives of the protagonists. Two good ones that I have read in recent year are David McCullough's "John Adams," and Paul Horgan's "Lamy of Santa Fe." At present I am re-reading a classic, Augustine's "Confessions." I also enjoy reading novels.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a child my family lived in various countries: Venezuela, Colombia, England and the United States. This provided the opportunity to experience different cultures and to visit many beautiful geographic locations and interesting historical sites.
"A University Education for the 21st Century" presents a picture of what a university education is according to the classical Western Tradition. This book challenges students to seek a meaningful college education and offers them suggestions on how to choose the right school and the right curriculum to achieve that goal.