Dr. Susan Waldstein was born in Tucson, Arizona, and met her Austrian husband, Michael Waldstein, at Thomas Aquinas College. They married in 1978 and began their adventure, moving around the world while Michael earned degrees and taught and Susan bore and homeschooled their eight children. They had their first child in their three years in Dallas. They had two children in their three years in Rome. They had their fourth child in Cambridge MA, where they began homeschooling. They had their fifth and sixth in South Bend. They spent a year in Germany, returned to South Bend and then moved to Austria for twelve years, where their last two children were born.
Susan earned a masters and licentiate degree in theology at the International Theological Institute, which her husband founded with Cardinal Shönborn in Gaming Austria. In 2008, they moved to Florida where Susan wrote and defended a doctoral dissertation for the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, while homeschooling her youngest three children. She and her husband currently teach theology at Ave Maria University.