Dr. Patricia Agatston is co-author of the book, Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age with Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., and Susan Limber, Ph.D.She is also co-author of the Cyber Bullying Curriculum for Grades 6 – 12 and the Cyber Bullying Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3 - 5. Dr. Agatston is a certified trainer and technical assistance consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.She has been quoted in articles on cyber bullying in The Washington Post, CNET news, Time Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor.She has appeared on CNN as well as other local and national radio and television programs to discuss cyber bullying and other youth online risky behavior. She was a participant in the CDC’s Expert Panel on Electronic Media and Youth Violence, and has presented nationally and internationally on cyber bullying. Dr. Agatston is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Prevention Specialist with the Cobb County School District’s Prevention/Intervention Center in Marietta, Georgia.She serves on the Board of Directors for the International Bullying Prevention Association and Connect Safely.
Miguel Arias is the senior editor of Spanish media at Loyola Press. He holds a master's degree in liturgy and is part of the faculty of the Instituto Cultural de Liderazgo en el Medio Oeste, Tepeyac Insititute in El Paso, and the Hispanic Liturgy Institute in Chicago.
Miguel Arias es editor de las publicaciones en español de Loyola Press. Como tal, ha sobresalido por su labor de escritor, traductor y editor de libros de espiritualidad y liturgia. Es parte de la facultad del Instituto Cultural del Medio Oeste, el Instituto Tepeyac y el Instituto Hispano de Liturgia de Chicago. Autor de La Navidad Hispana y Palabra, vida y fe. Junot con su esposa Alma radica en Chicago.
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Kathy Carver Bio not currently available Dr. Carmen Maria Cervantes is the executive director of Instituto Fe y Vida, and organization dedicated to “Empowering young Hispanics for leadership in Church and society.” She is an international speaker with extensive experience in pastoral juvenil (ministry with Hispanic youth and young adults), ministry formation and organization, catechesis, research, and pastoral writing. She writes for and serves as general editor of La Biblia Católica para Jóvenes, a study Bible for Latino youth and young adults and the Diálogos Semanales con Jesús (Weekly Dialogues with Jesus) series.
Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOS Bio not currently available Joellyn Cicciarelli has been developing products for children, parents, and teachers since 1993. She is the former editor for Mister Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and author of an award-winning preschool curriculum. Currently, Joellyn is the Director Curricula Development for Loyola Press.
Pam Costeris the Executive Director of Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry to those in their 20s and 30s.Prior to joining Charis, Pam was the President of Avanza Partners, a consulting firm working with dioceses and parishes in the area of adult faith formation. She served thirteen years at Ss. Faith, Hope & Charity parish in Winnetka, IL as Director of Faith Formation, after a career in international banking.Pam holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University-Chicago.She is a member of the boards of Catholics on Call and Loyola Press.Pam is a writer and speaker at conferences throughout the country. To find out more about Charis Ministries work with young adults, click here!
Richard Drabik is the Multimedia Coordinator for the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton (Ohio). His work is focused on raising attention of online methodologies of catechesis. Additionally he is the Team Leader of UD's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation. Richard has an M.A. in Theology. Carole Eipers, D. Min. is Vice President and Executive Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier, Inc. She served in parish ministries for over 20 the Archdiocese of Chicago for nine years and also served as President of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. Carole has been a member of the adjunct faculties of Mundelein Seminary, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University New Orleans and Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. She has written and presented for national and international groups in the area of catechetics. Carole holds a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana.
Becky Eldredge is the Partner Program Coordinator for Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry for adults in their 20s and 30s.She is originally from Baton Rouge, LA, where she worked with youth, young adult and adult faith formation for ten years before moving to Georgia. For the last three years, she has also worked with college campus ministry and adult faith formation at her home parish.Becky holds a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans andis the author of the blog: “Everything is Holy Now.”While ministry is one of her passions, her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband, Chris, and their two children.
Bishop Paul Etienne currently serves as Bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming, appointed in October of 2009. Raised in Indiana, he served as pastor in several Indiana parishes, most recently at St. Paul, Tell City, IN, prior to being named bishop. He is a member of the USCCB Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People. Sister Dorothy Giloley Bio not currently available Joyce Guris Bio not currently available Kathy Hendricks offers talks, workshops and retreats across the country and overseas on spirituality, family ministry, and pastoral leadership.She is a consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., publisher of religious education materials and the author of A Parent’s Guide to Prayer and Everything About Parish Ministry I Wish I Had Known.Her articles appear in various periodicals, including a regular column on spirituality for Religion Teacher’s Journal.Kathy served for several years as the General Editor for the Catechetical Sunday resource materials published annually by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.
Kathy has worked as a Pastoral Minister, Director of Religious Education, teacher, and catechist in diocesan offices, parishes and Catholic schools in Colorado, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada.One of these positions was as Parish Life Coordinator for Pax Christi Parish in Littleton, Colorado, administering the day-to-day operations of the parish in the absence of a resident pastor.She was the first Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Colorado Springs, a position she held for over six years.She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado, a Master's Degree in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis University, Denver, and certification as a spiritual director from Benet Hill Center, Colorado Springs.She is a member of the Colorado Authors League and Spiritual Directors International.
Kathy and her husband, Ron, live in Littleton, Colorado.They are the parents of two young adults, Eric and Anna, and a daughter, Jenny, who died in infancy.
Mary Hess has held the position of Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary since July of 2000. Hess received her B.A. degree in American Studies in 1985 from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. She received her M.T.S. degree in 1992 from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. In 1998, she received her Ph.D. in religion and education from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Hess' most recent professional experience includes serving on the editorial board of the premier journal in her field, Religious Education (1999-present), working with the Lexington Seminar and the Wabash Center, and serving as a core member of the International Study Commission on Media, Religion and Culture. She is a member of the Religious Education Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.
Her most recent publications include the books: Teaching Reflectively in Theological Contexts: Promises and Contradictions (Melbourne, FL: Krieger, 2008), and Engaging Technology in Theological Education: All that We Can't Leave Behind, (New York: Rowman Littlefield 2005). She maintains her own website and has written her weblog, Tensegrities, since 2003. Rev. Rick Hilgartner is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.A priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Fr. Hilgartner has worked in parish ministry and in campus ministry, and has taught homiletics and undergraduate theology.He earned an S.T.L. in Liturgical and Sacramental Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome, and is pursuing an S.T.D. in Liturgical Studies at the Catholic University of America.In his work with the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, he has worked extensively with the texts of the new Roman Missal and is a frequent presenter on the Missal and its implementation. Jeanne Hunt is a teacher, Associate Director of the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Director of Religious Education (St James, Sacred Heart and St Bernard Parishes), Editorial Director of Product Development – St Anthony Messenger Press.
She offers workshops and retreats and is a frequent speaker on American Catholic Radio.Jeanne is the author of seven books: Her latest book is Celebrating Saints and Seasons (2010), Writer for Homily Helps, Every Day Catholic, Faith Formation Update, and Bringing Home the Word.
Jeanne has a special affection for the Religious Education, family life, women’s spirituality, marriage, adult faith formation and the rituals of the Church Mother, Teacher, Storyteller, Joyful Woman of God, Lay Catholic Evangelist.Married with four children she has degrees in Fine Arts, Art History, Theology and currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family. Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson’s research concerns the literary, moral, and religious dimensions of the New Testament, including the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity (particularly moral discourse), Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James. A prolific author, Dr. Johnson has penned numerous scholarly articles and more than 25 books. His 1986 book The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, now in its second edition, is widely used in seminaries and departments of religion throughout the world.
A former Benedictine monk, Dr. Johnson is a highly sought-after lecturer, a member of several editorial and advisory boards, and a senior fellow at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion. His most recent book, Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (2009, Yale University Press), explores the relationship between early Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism.
Author Luke Timothy Johnson explains why he wrote his new book
Author Luke Timothy Johnson discusses his new book
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Rev. Michael Kavanaugh is a priest of the Diocese of Savannah, currently serving as pastor of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta, Georgia.A native of Savannah, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and pursued graduate studies in freshwater biology at the University of Notre Dame.In 1985 he earned his Masters of Divinity degree in Systematic Theology from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Maryland and was ordained to the priesthood that year.He has served in a number of parishes in Savannah and Augusta.Since 1998 he has been the Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations for his diocese and has participated in ecumenical and interreligious training programs offered through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers. Rev. Brian King Bio not currently available
Don Kurre Bio not currently available Douglas Leal Bio not currently available Mary Helen Llanez Bio not currently available Chris Lowney, formerly a Jesuit, was named a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co. while still in his thirties and held senior positions in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London until leaving the firm in 2001. He served successively on Morgan's Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Investment Banking Management Committees, accumulating extensive multinational experience at a company regularly ranked one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Lowney was a Jesuit seminarian for seven years. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he also received his M.A. and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is holder of honorary Doctoral degrees from St Louis University, Marymount Manhattan University, and from the University of Great Falls. His first book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World was the #1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA and was named a finalist for a 2003 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord magazine. It has been translated into ten languages. His second book, A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment was nominated for La Coronica award. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said, “This bold and compassionate articulation of medieval Spanish history, with its complex interactions among Jews, Muslims and Christians, speaks directly to contemporary international crises...This engrossing and illuminating book deserves the attention of a wide public." In 2006, Mr. Lowney undertook (but could not complete!) a walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to raise money for charities providing education and healthcare in the developing world by pledges to “Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future,” a non-profit organization. To learn more about this pilgrimage or to support the organization, visit www.pocf.org. Anthony Marchica Bio not available at this time
Rev. James Martin, S.J. , is a Jesuit priest, author and culture editor of America, the national Catholic magazine. James Martin was born in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1982, where he received a bachelor's degree in economics (B.S. Econ.) with a concentration in finance.After working for six years in corporate finance with General Electric Co., he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1988.During his novitiate, Martin worked in a hospice for the sick and dying with the Missionaries of Charity in Kingston, Jamaica; and at the Nativity Mission School, a school for poor boys, in New York City.In Aug. 1990, he pronounced his simple vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.From 1990 to 1992, he studied philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago, and worked in an outreach program with street-gang members in the inner city.For his “regency,” he worked for two years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi, Kenya, where he helped East African refugees start small businesses; and for one year with America magazine in New York City.In 1995, Martin began theology studies at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, in Cambridge, Mass., where he received his master's degree in divinity (M.Div.) in 1998, and his master's in theology (Th.M.) in 1999.While in Cambridge, he worked as a chaplain at a Boston prison.After completing his Jesuit studies, he was ordained a Catholic priest in June 1999.On Nov. 1, 2009, he pronounced his final vows as a Jesuit. Father Martin is the author of several books.His bestselling memoir My Life with the Saints (Loyola, 2006), which received a 2007 Christopher Award, was named one of the "Best Books" of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, and also received a First Place award from the Catholic Press Association.My Life with the Saints has sold over 100,000 copies and is used in universities, high schools, parishes and book clubs around the country.His book A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Center Stage with Jesus, Judas and Life’s Big Questions (Loyola, 2007), was named one of Publishers Weekly’s “Best Books” of 2007 and was awarded a First Place award from the Catholic Press Association. Father Martin’s latest book is The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life (HarperOne), published in March 2010.A few weeks after its publication, it became a New York Times bestseller. He is also author of Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints (Paulist, 2006), Searching for God at Ground Zero (Sheed & Ward: 2002); In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity and Obedience (Sheed & Ward: 2000); and This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey with the Refugees of East Africa (Orbis: 1999), winner of a Catholic Press Association award.He is the editor of Celebrating Good Liturgy: A Guide to the Ministries of the Mass (Loyola, 2005); Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions (Loyola, 2004); and How Can I Find God: The Famous and Not-So-Famous Consider the Quintessential Question (Liguori, 1997).His books have been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese and Korean. Besides articles Catholic publications like America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic and The (London) Tablet, Father Martin has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, O Magazine and other national newspapers and websites, including Slate.com, Beliefnet, Huffingtonpost and The New York Times’ website. He has commented on religion and spirituality in the national and international media, and he has appeared on all the major television networks and in venues as diverse as National Public Radio's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” PBS’s “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer,” Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," as well CNN, MSNBC, PBS, The History Channel, the BBC and Vatican Radio. For his writings and various ministries, Father Martin has received Fordham University’s Gaudium et Spes Award, the Ignatian Volunteer Corps’s Madonna della Strada Award, and the Loyola Institute of Spirituality’s Writers’ Award.He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree (D.D.) from Wagner College in New York 2007, and honorary doctor of humane letters degrees (D.Hum.) and from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Ct., in 2010. Besides his editorial, publishing and media work, Father Martin conducts seminars and retreats around the country, and assists on Sundays at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. Who Cares About the Saints? Robert McCarty is the Executive Director for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, which provides networking, resources, and leadership for the development of youth ministry within the Catholic Church. He has been in professional youth ministry since 1973, serving in diocesan, parish, school, and community programs. Bob offers workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. His recent books are Thriving in Youth Ministry and The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice through Saint Mary's Press, Be A Champion for Youth: Standing With, By and For Young People, co-authored with his wife, Maggie, and his newest book, Raising Happy, Healthy and Holy Teenagers:A Primer for Parents through NFCYM.
Bob is also a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and catechetical program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, MD. Bob has a BS in Sociology/Theology from St. Joseph’s University, an MA in Religious Education from LaSalle University and a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. His hobbies include rock climbing, cycling, and now, grandparenting! Amy McEntee Bio not currently available Daniel S. Mulhall currently serves as the Director for Catechist and Professional Development for RCL Benziger, which is sponsoring him for this presentation. He holds an MA in Theology and an MA in Christian Community Development. He has worked in the ministry of catechesis for more than thirty years at all levels of the ministry. He regularly writes and speaks on catechetical topics both nationally and internationally. He and his wife Kathleen live in Laurel, MD. They are proud parents of three young adult children and one grandchild. Rita Norman Bio not currently available Hosffman Ospino, PhD is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Religious Education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry where he is also the Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. He has worked in ministry and religious education at various levels in the United States and Latin America. Dr. Ospino frequently lectures on issues of faith and culture and the impact of this relationship upon Catholic education, catechesis, and ministry. Hosffman Ospino, PhD es profesor de teología pastoral y educación religiosa en la Escuela de Teología y Ministerio de Boston College en donde también es director de programas de postgrado en ministerio hispano. El Dr. Ospino cuenta con gran experiencia en trabajo pastoral y de educación religiosa tanto en los Estados Unidos como en Latinoamérica. Con frecuencia hace presentaciones sobre temas relacionados con la fe y la cultura y el impacto de esta relación sobre la educación católica, la catequesis y la pastoral. Joe Paprocki, D.Min., has been a catechetical leader and religious educator in the Chicago area for more than thirty years. His books include Living the Mass, The Bible Blueprint, and The Catechist’s Toolbox (Loyola Press). He is the National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press in Chicago. Joe blogs about his work as a catechist at www.catechistsjourney.com.
Dr. Jo Ann Paradise is the National Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division, formerly Harcourt Religion. Jo Ann has served as catechetical administrator in several parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for over 32 years and was most recently the Director of Parish Ministerial Life and Spiritual Formation at Saint Sebastian Parish. Jo Ann has been a teacher in the Catholic school system at both the grade school and high school levels as well as an adjunct faculty member of several universities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She lectures on life long learning, sexuality, classroom management skills, spirituality and moral issues to educators and catechists. She is a popular retreat director and provides spiritual direction. Jo Ann lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Don and extended family.
Rosa Monique Peña, OP Native of the Dominican Republic, presently serving as National Catequetical Consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc. Former Director of the Department of Religious Education, the Catechist Certification Program and the Catechumenal Process of the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida. Rosa Monique Peña. OP Oriunda de la República Dominicana, sirve actualmente como Asesora Nacional de Catequesis para la compañía publicitaria William H. Sadlier. Fue Directora del Departamento de Educación Religiosa, la Certificación de Catequistas y del Proceso Catecumenal de la Arquidiócesis de Miami, Florida. Tom Peterson built his 25 year career as an award-winning, national corporate advertising executive.
But Tom’s life would radically change forever, after receiving an incredible and transforming Spiritual conversion in 1997, while on a men’s retreat from his church.Soon afterward, he founded VirtueMedia.org and CatholicsComeHome.org, educational non-profit media apostolates dedicated to Catholic evangelization.
In the past decade, Peterson has presented to the United States and Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and at Pontifical Councils of the Vatican.Peterson and his apostolates have been featured regularly on secular and Catholic radio, newspapers, magazines and multiple appearances on Fox News and EWTN.
In February 2009, Tom was honored at the Bermuda Summit, as the recipient of the Legatus “Special Evangelization Award” and in 2010 joined the Legatus International board of Governors.Catholics Come Home also received the 2009 National Leadership Roundtable Award for Best Practices, at the Wharton Business School in June.
Tom knows his vocation in life is to evangelize souls using the power of media.He encourages others to seek God’s plan for their lives, to help change our world for the better.Tom and Tricia, his wife of 24years, and their three daughters live in the Atlanta suburbs, where they are active members in St. Peter Chanel Parish. Rev. Victor Reyes Bio not currently available
David Rizzo is a physical therapist who works with children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. He is the author and presenter of a professional rehabilitation seminar entitled "Autism: Where neuroscience meets clinical practice." David and his wife Mercedes have four children, one of whom, Danielle, has autism and is non-verbal. Dave and Mercedes developed picture-based materials and activities to explain the sacraments to Danielle to help prepare her for Holy Communion. This was featured on the Diocese of Trenton television program The Catholic Corner, and in the Our Sunday Visitor magazine. Loyola Press is in the process of publishing these materials. Jo Rotunno serves as Publisher for RCL Benziger in Allen, Texas. She has worked in religion publishing for 27 years, and previously served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as regional consultant and director of adult faith formation. She holds an MA in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. Jo served as Executive Producer for RCLB for the Echoes of Faith and Echoes of Faith Plus catechist formation programs produced in collaboration with NCCL. David Sanderlin, Ph.D., Medieval Studies (University of Notre Dame), is a retired college professor and author of many books and articles on Catholic spirituality, ethics, and other topics, including Putting on the New Self: A Guide to Personal Development and Community Living (Christian Classics, 1986) and most recently, The Christian Way to be Happily Married, with an imprimatur and endorsements by Ralph Martin and others (Christian Starlight Press, 2010). Dr. Sanderlin's work on faith, love, marriage, and other topics in the spirituality and virtue ethic of St. John of the Cross has been featured in scholarly journals published by the Carmelite Institute in Rome, Scholars Press/Georgetown University editors, and Cambridge University. Dr. Sanderlin and his wife Arnell have been happily married for over 47 years, and they have four children and eleven grandchildren. Enedina Saucedo M.A. is Associate Director of the Office for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministry of the Diocese of San Diego, NCCL member, represents the Hispanic voice at NCCL Rep Council, translator of Knowing Jesus and his Message and CL weekly, 20 years of catechetical experience with children and adults. Enedina Saucedo M.A. es Directora asociada de la oficina para el Ministerio de Evangelización y Catequesis de la Diócesis de San Diego, miembro de NCCL, representa la voz hispana en el concilio de NCCL, traductora de Conociendo a Jesús y su Mensaje y CL semanal, 20 años de experiencia en catequesis con niños y adultos. Brian Singer-Towns, MThS, joined the editorial staff of Saint Mary's Press after more than fifteen years in volunteer and professional youth ministry. Brian's extensive background in theology, youth ministry, and religious education is reflected in his contributions to the Horizons and Total Faith™ programs and in his work as general editor for The Catholic Youth Bible®, The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth and Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics. Brian also leads workshops for leaders around the country on biblical literacy and other youth ministry topics. He resides in Winona, MN, and serves as senior editor, author, and workshop presenter for Saint Mary’s Press. Joyce Springeris first and foremost a catechist and has served as a part-time Director of Religious Education and taught religion either in Catholic schools or in parish religious education programs for decades. She has a BA degree in Spanish and a MA degree in Theology from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, with a concentration in Scripture. For over 25 years, Joyce has shared her love of catechesis through giving workshops in over 100 dioceses. Her workshops are structured to provide information and practical ideas that will help catechists to be better at what they do so very well, which is to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of God’s love for us all. Joyce lives with her husband, Bob, in McKinney, Texas. Jonathan Sullivan Jonathan F. Sullivan is the director of catechetical ministries for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and host of NCCL’s Catechetical Leader podcast. He blogs regularly atwww.JonathanFSullivan.com. Barbara Sutton Bio not currently available Msgr. Peter J. Vaghiis pastor of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland, and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. He received seminary and theological training at the Pontifical North American College and Gregorian University, both in Rome. Also a graduate of University of Virginia Law School, Vaghi practiced law for many years and remains a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. Vaghi serves as chaplain of the John Carroll Society, a group of professional men and women in service of the Archbishop of Washington. He is the author of the Pillars of Faith series, which includes The Faith We Profess, The Sacraments We Celebrate, and The Commandments We Keep. He has also written a number of articles for America, Priest, and Our Sunday Visitor. VictorValenzuela is a National Religion Consultant for Bilingual Resources for William H. Sadlier, Inc. He has presented workshops to numerous groups both regionally and nationally. Victor has been in ministry for 20 years including classroom teaching, youth ministry, teacher training, and writing and development of new materials. He has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph Seminary in Menlo Park, CA and a Masters of Arts from the University of San Francisco. Born in Arizona to parents of Mexican descent, he is fully bilingual and bicultural. VictorValenzuela es consultor bilingüe a nivel nacional de William H. Sadlier Inc. Por más de 20 años ha estado trabajando en el ministerio hispano. Ha sido maestro de secundaria y ha colaborado en diversos ministerios parroquiales incluyendo pastoral juvenil y educación religiosa, donde tiene una gran experiencia preparando materiales. Terminó sus estudios superiores en el seminario St. Joseph en Mountain View, California y tiene dos años de teología cursados en el seminario St. Patricks. También tiene su maestría en educación religiosa de la Universidad de San Francisco.Nació en Arizona de padres mexicanos, ha vivido la mayor parte de su vida en el área de la bahía. Actualmente vive en Alameda, CA. Dr. Cris Villapando, Director of Faith Formation Programs for the Diocese of Charlotte and author of several monographs and articles on inculturation previously served in three dioceses, Richmond, Denver, and Dallas. His thirty-eight years in ministry included directing the Practicum Program of the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies, University of Dallas; teaching five graduate courses at St Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Michigan; and lecturing in 23 dioceses. His formation in inculturation also comes from the Jesuit’s East Asian Pastoral Institute, Manila and his doctorate was awarded by St Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD. Michael Wagnerhas been a member of the Department of Christian Formation, diocese of Ogdensburg, for over 30 years. He is currently Associate Director and serves on NCCL’s Representative Council for the Diocesan Staff Forum. Heis one of the authors of Knowing Jesus and His Message, published by NCCL. Joan Weber Bio not currently available Mike Westenberg Bio not currently available Dr. Joseph White is a clinical child psychologist and Director of Family Counseling and Family Life for the Diocese of Austin Texas. He has taught courses in Catechetics and Pastoral Guidance at the University of Dallas and the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Dr. White is the author of seven books and numerous articles on catechesis and ministry. A popular speaker at national catechetical, psychological and educational conferences, he is a co-author of the new Allelu early childhood catechetical program and a National Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor. Tom Zanzig is sponsored at our conference by RCL Benziger. After devoting over 25 years to the development of youth ministry and adolescent religious education materials, Tom is now a freelance writer, trainer, retreat director and speaker in the areas of Adult Faith Formation (AFF) and spirituality. He recently his own consulting and publishing company, Zanzig & Associates, and RCL Benziger distributes all of his new AFF materials.
Tom’s work has taken him throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as to Germany, Australia, Singapore and the Arabian Peninsula. The father of two adult children, he lives in Madison, WI with his wife, Peg. Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H., directs the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives and teaches in the religious studies department. She co-directs the Caribbean School for Catholic Communication. An internationally known pioneer in the use of new media for religious education, she's often invited to give lectures and workshops around the world. For seven years, she served as the world president for the International Catholic Association for Radio and Television, known as UNDA. As a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications — the first woman with voting privileges on that Vatican council — she was principal author of the important Vatican document, Aetatis Novae. The document called for development of pastoral communications planning around the world. Sister Angela Ann received the 1993 Lackner Award from the University of Dayton for her embodiment of the University's Catholic and Marianist character. In 1997, she was awarded the President's Medallion, a lifetime achievement award from UNDA-USA, and was named one of the 25 most influential individuals in Catholic education over the past 25 years by the National Catholic Education Association and the Peter Li Group. In 2001, she received Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal from Pope John Paul II in Rome. In 2004, she received the Distinguished Communicators Award from the Salesian Guild. She co-authored the book, The Gospel in Cyberspace and developed the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation, a pioneering project in online religious education with courses in English and Spanish.
Liturgy Team: Ginny Temple, Amy Florian Musicians: John Angotti,
World Library Publications (WLP) composers and musical artists John Angotti and Meredith Augustin. John Angotti is a full time music missionary who travels throughout many parts of the world providing inspirational music and witness to all ages through concerts, workshops, retreats, missions, conferences, and worship. He is originally from Clarksburg, WV and now resides in Memphis, TN with his wife and two children. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, and the US Military School of Music, where he was a member of the US Navy Band as lead vocalist.Just last Friday, John performed at Carnegie Hall. His powerful voice and writing style includes contemporary rock, pop, and Latin rhythms, along with his ability to give new life to traditional classic in chant and classical genres.
John Angoti playing at Carnegie Hall
Meredith (Dean Joseph) Augustin
Meredith is the Director of Music at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Midtown Manhattan, New York and the Coordinator of Sunday Evening Liturgies at the Church of St. Francis on 31st Street in New York City. A native of Morgantown, West Virginia, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, she holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University. Meredith started singing at an early age and her styles run the gamut from jazz to musical theatre, from spiritual to soul. She has worked in ministry since the age of nine as a cantor, accompanist and choir director for churches. Her association with WLP began in 1995 as a featured soloist on John Angotti's recordings
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