Retreat Director Biographies
LUKE ANDERSON, O.Cist
Luke Anderson, a Cistercian monk and priest,
is the Prior of St. Mary’s Monastery at New Ringgold, PA.
Born in NYC, he completed his classical
studies at the Louis de Montfort Seminary, Bay Shore, Long Island. He
received his Ph.L. from the University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in
Rome. He earned his Th.M from Princeton Theological and a Ph.D. in Rome
at the University of St. Thomas.
He has published a wide variety of
philosophical monographs. And recently completed a scholarly volume:
The Image and Likeness of God in St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s Free Choice
and Grace. For thirty years he was a member of the Boards of Directors
and Editors of Cistercian Publications at Western Michigan University.
An internationally known university lecturer, he is a member of the
National Association of Scholars, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
and the Calvin Studies Society. Anderson’s pastoral activities, at the
international level, have been restricted to work within the Cistercian
Order. For more than a decade, he has served Blessed Mother Teresa’s
sisters as retreat master and workshop leader both in the US and abroad.
STEPHEN J. BAKER, OSA
Father Baker is a graduate of Monsignor
Bonner High School and Villanova University. He professed his vows as
an Augustinian Friar in 1985 and was ordained to the priesthood in
1990. Father has served in parish ministry in Upstate New York,
Massachusetts and Staten Island, NY. He has also served at Monsignor
Bonner High School as a Theology Teacher and School Minister and at
Malvern Preparatory School as an English and Theology Teacher and as
Theology Department Chair. Father holds Masters degrees in Theology and
Education and is presently completing his doctoral work in Educational
Leadership at Saint Joseph's University. Fr. Baker has given retreats
at Malvern Retreat House as well as for religious Sisters and high
PETER M. BATTS, OP
St. Joseph Rectory, 371 Sixth Ave, New York,
Virginian by birth, Peter Batts graduated from Johns Hopkins University
in 1971 with a degree in Philosophy and History. He then received
Masters Degrees in Library Science from Columbia University and Church
History from Harvard University. He worked as a Librarian at Howard
University from 1974-75 before entering the Dominican Order. After his
ordination to the priesthood in 1981 in Providence, RI, Father Peter M.
Batts, O.P. first served in Saint Dominic's Church in Youngstown, OH,
for four years before leaving to teach theology at Providence College,
a position he held until 1989. While Father was studying for his
doctorate in Church History through the 1990's, he served as Campus
Minister at the University of Virginia and then Director of the
Dominican Seminary Library in Washington, D.C. He received his
doctorate in Church History from the University of Ottawa in 1999. He
came to the Archdiocese of Newark from Saint Dominic's Parish in
Washington, D.C. when he was elected to be the prior of the Dominican
community at Sacred Heart in Jersey City. Father Batts was selected to
serve first as the administrator of Sacred Heart Church, until his
appointment as its pastor.
Johnnette S. Benkovic is Founder and
President of Living His Life Abundantly® International, Inc., a
Catholic evangelization apostolate with outreaches in television,
radio, print, and internet communications. She is also Founder of Women
of Grace®, a Catholic apostolate for Christian women that features a
number of outreaches including conferences, curricula, study groups and
After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, Johnnette experienced a
deep conversion back to her Catholic faith in 1981and discerned a call
to share the Gospel message through the media. She has been a
consistent presence in Catholic radio since 1987 and in Catholic
television since 1988.
Johnnette is Executive Producer of the Women of Grace
program, which is aired on EWTN internationally, Monday through Friday.
The program discusses contemporary issues from a Catholic perspective.
Johnnette is also host of Women of Grace Live,
a one hour call-in radio
talk show that airs five times a week.
In addition, Johnnette is a popular conference speaker, retreat
conductor, and seminar presenter, and has been published in major
Catholic magazines. She is the author of several books. Johnnette was
married to her husband, Anthony, for nearly 34 years and became widowed
in 2007. She is the mother of three adult children, two living.
Fr. Rich has been in ministry since 1974.
During that time he has
served as parish priest and pastor in St. Louis and Chicago; taught
theology at Newman University and St. Louis University; served as
university chaplain; and director of Redemptorist formation for the
pre-novitiate program. He has held various positions at Liguori
Publications, including president and publisher, and Retreat Director
at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He holds a Master of Divinity and Master of
Religious Education degrees from Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary in New
York. In 1983 he received a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from St. Louis
University and wrote his dissertation on “The Spirituality of St. John
Neumann.” Current publications include the recently published book, “St
John Neumann, His Life and Spirituality.” In his spare time, Fr. Rich
enjoys making pottery, rug weaving and gardening.
Rev. Msgr. Richard T. Bolger
St. David R C. Church
316 N. Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
1) Born and raised in Jenkintown, Pa and
attended Immaculate Conception Parochial School and Northeast High
School for Boys (Class of 1955)
2) Entered St. Charles Borromeo
Seminary, Overbrook in September, 1956 and was ordained on May 21, 1966
by John Cardinal Krol.
a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Charles Seminary in 1961, a Master
of Divinity Degree in 1981 and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies in
2 Parochial Assignments and for 19 years a hospital chaplain
(Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania,
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Holy Redeemer Hospital and
Norristown State Hospital.
On the Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Social Services Advisory Board -
Holy Family Home, Phila.
of Montgomery County Central MH/MR.
RAPHAEL BONANNO, OFM
Fr. Raphael was born in Belmont, MA in 1936
and at the age of twenty made his first vows as a Franciscan.
Ordained in 1962, in 1964 he received an MA in literature
from St Bonaventure?s University, Olean, NY. with a thesis on Flannery
O?Connor. He left for the missions in Brazil and worked there
for sixteen years and then from 1980 to 1993 worked in the Holy Land as
a missionary. Then he was called by his minister general to
set up a communications department in the Order?s headquarters in Rome
from 1993 to 1995. Back in the USA, he joined the Franciscan
Ministry of the Word in Boston, MA and has preached all over the USA
and in Canada with retreats, parish missions, novenas, days of
recollection and workshops.
In 2006 he received another MA from St.
Bonnie’s, this time in Franciscan Studies with emphasis on St Francis
and the Theology of the Body. In 2007 he finished the
translation from Italian of the latest history of the Franciscan Order,
entitled “In the Name of St Francis” by Grado G. Merlo. It will be
published by the Franciscan Institute in Dec. 2007.
Fr. Raphael’s interests include travel,
swimming, movies, walking, and books. Of late, computers and
translations have been significant.
St. Mary of Providence
227 Isabella Road
Elverson, PA 15250
Rev. Patrick T. Brannan, S.J. graduated from
Our Mother of Sorrows Parochial School at 48th St. and Wyalusing Ave.
in 1946 and from St. Joe's Prep in 1950 when he entered the Society of
Jesus. He was ordained in 1963 and was sent to Europe for
studies when he completed his theology. He has lived in
Europe (Germany, England, and Italy) for about six years. He
did two degrees at Cambridge University in England, and worked in the
Jesuit Headquarters in Rome for two years and at the same time also
helped in the Vatican, which is just down the street. He
holds advanced degrees in Teaching, Philosophy, and Theology, and a Ph.
D. in Classical Philology (Latin and Greek) from Stanford University,
Palo Alto, CA.
He has taught at St. Joe's Prep, Scranton
Prep and Scranton University, St. Louis University High School, Gonzaga
University, Spokane, WA and in several seminaries throughout the U.S.
with about eleven years at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary,
Overbrook. He served as chaplain for the Little Sisters of
the Assumption in Overbrook, and the Sisters of the Visitation of Holy
Mary on City Ave. (next to the Cardinal's residence).
He has given retreats to Priests, Religious,
and lay people and has given some here at Malvern. He
confesses to being an "old-fashioned" Jesuit who believes he was
ordained from the service of the Church and, as St. Ignatius Loyola
expressed it, "TO SERVE THE LORD ALONE AND HIS VICAR ON EARTH.
REV. J. BRIAN BRANSFIELD
Rev. J. Brian
Bransfield, S.T. L., M.A., M. Div.
Faculty, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 E. Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, Pa 19096
1994 Ordination to Priesthood for
the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
June 2005 - Assistant Professor of Moral
Theology, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family,
Washington DC Campus
John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Rome Campus
1998-2001 - Faculty, Archbishop Wood High
School, Warminster, PA
Parochial Vicar, St. Andrew Parish, Newtown, PA
RS 721 - Sexuality and Marriage in Catholic
RS 707 - Theological and Moral Virtues
MTH 701 - Sexuality and Marriage in Catholic Teachings
THL - Practical Theological Concepts
MTH 9587 - The Nuptial Mystery as a Paradigm for the Expression of the
STH - Mysteries of the Faith Education
S.T.D. - Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and
Family, Washington, DC
S.T.L. - Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and
Family, Washington, DC
M.A. - St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook
M.Div - St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook
B.A. - St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook
“The Primacy of the Total Gift of Self:
Anthropology and Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Ethics and Medics, November,
“The Theology of the Body in Confession” to
the Priests of the Diocese of Scranton, Continuing Formation Workshop,
February 15, 2005.
JOSEPH F. BREIGHNER
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles
St., Baltimore, MD 21210
410 433 8800 (B) - 410 323 6088 (P)
Birth Date: 3/1/45 - Date of Ordination: 5/15/71
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Comes to us from the Archdiocese of
Baltimore where he began his ministry as a parish priest from 1971 to
1977. He was assigned to pastoral counseling and from 1979 to
1989 was the coordinator of evangelization for the
archdiocese. His full time ministry presently is preaching,
writing and workshops. He is a weekly participant on the
nationally syndicated radio show, Country Road, writes a weekly column
in the Catholic Review and has written a book entitled "Does it all
STEPHEN F. BRETT, SSJ
Rev. Stephen F. Brett, SSJ, is a Josephite
priest and a native of Philadelphia, PA. Ordained in 1976, he has a JD
and PhD in theology from Catholic University. He currently serves as
Rector of St. Joseph Manor, Baltimore, MD, the retirement home of the
Josephite community. Fr. Brett has taught theology at St. Charles
Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, and was the Chair of the Moral
Theology department from 1995 until 2001. He is the author of two
books, Slavery and the Catholic Tradition and The
Law of Love. He has
given many retreats for lay groups at the Villa of Our Lady, Mt.
Pocono. He has also given retreats for religious and priests in the
Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., author and award
winning journalist, is a member of the Third Order of Discalced
Carmelites. She is the staff journalist for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's
Women of Grace® television show.
she released a new book, the story of her conversion, entitled: We
Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl, published by
Liguori Publications. In addition to two
historical fiction novels published by HarperCollins, she is also the
author of a book on Carmelite prayer, Lord Teach Us to Pray,
published by The Catholic Standard and Times. Her
book, The Kinsey Corruption, which details the
fraudulent research of Alfred C. Kinsey, was published by Ascension
Press. Susan also published a study series, Learn to
Discern: Is it Christian or New Age in 2009 with Simon Peter
Press which has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor
Award for Pro-Life Journalism in 2003 and 2004, the Eileen
Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services in 2005,
and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the
Philadelphia Press Association.
WILLIAM BYRON, SJ
The Reverend William J. Byron, S.J., is
research professor at the Sellinger School of Business and Management,
Loyola College in Maryland. He served as interim president of
Loyola University New Orleans in academic year 2003-04. From
August, 2000 until June, 2003, he was pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic
Church in Washington, DC. From 1992 to 2000, he taught
“Social Responsibilities of Business” in the McDonough School of
Business at Georgetown University, where he held an appointment as
Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Ethics and served as rector
of the Georgetown Jesuit Community. From 1982-1992, he was
president of The Catholic University of America. Prior
assignments include service as president of the University of Scranton
(1975-82), Dean of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University of New
Orleans (1973-75), various teaching positions in his file of economics
and social ethics.
Fr. Byron writes a syndicated bi-weekly
column (?Looking Around?) for Catholic News Service. He is
the author of Toward Stewardship (Paulist, 1975), Quadrangle
Considerations [Loyola, 1989 (winner of the Catholic Press
Association?s 1990 Best Book Award in Education] Take Your Diploma and
Run! (Paulist, 1992), Finding Work without Losing Heart (Adams, 1995),
The 365 Days of Christmas (Paulist, 1996), Answers from
Within; Spiritual Guidelines for Managing Setbacks in Work and Life
(Macmillan, 1998), Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with
lay Colleagues and Friends (Loyola, 2000), A Book of Quiet Prayer
(Paulist, 2006), and The Power of Principles: Ethics in the New
Corporate Culture (Orbis, 2006): he edited The Causes of World Hunger
(Paulist, 1982) and Take Courage: Psalms of Support and Encouragement
(Sheed & Ward,
He is a past trustee of Georgetown
University and the University of San Francisco. Current
directorships include Loyola University New Orleans, Georgetown
University Hospital, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, and The Friends
of New Orleans. He was a founding director and past chairman
of Bread for the World, a public member of the Board of Commissioners
of the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations, and an original member of the Board of Directors of the
Federal Commission on National and Community Service (now the
Corporation for National Service).
He holds a Ph. D. in economics from the
University of Maryland, two theology degrees from Woodstock College, a
bachelor?s in philosophy and master?s in economics from Saint Louis
University. He was the 1999 recipient of the Association of
Catholic Colleges and Universities? Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for his
contributions over the years to the advancement of Catholic higher
education. In that same year he received the Council of
Independent Colleges? Academic Leadership Award. He holds 30
A native of Pittsburgh, Fr. Bryon grew up in
Philadelphia, where he attended St. Joseph?s Preparatory
School. After service in the army?s 508th Parachute Infantry
Regiment in 1945-46, he attended St. Joseph?s University in
Philadelphia for three years before entering the Jesuit order in
1950. He was ordained a priest in 1961.
Sister Cathy Cahill is a Franciscan Sister
with over 25 years of experience leading retreats for persons in 12
Step Programs. Her down to earth spirituality, her sense of humor, and
her willingness to share her own experience, strength, and hope make
her a well received retreat director in many centers throughout the
ANGELO HENRY CAMACHO, O.P.
Dominican Friars, St. Mary’s Priory, 5
Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06511
Dominican Friars, St. Joseph Province, 141 East 65th St., NY, NY 10021
date: July 16, 1932 - Date of
Ordination: June 16, 1960
Henry Camacho, a native of
Somerville, MA and a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph, NY
has preached the Gospel as a missionary in Peru for over thirty years.
His experience includes parish ministry, both in the US and Latin
America, pastoral and administrative ministry on the diocesan and
international level, the design and development of marriage enrichment
and parish renewal programs, social action ministry among the poor,
community organizing and leadership training. He is founder President
of the Latin American Institute for Christopher Leadership, and also
founder director of a marriage renewal program in
Spanish called: REMA- Renovacion Matrimonial.
He is a co-founder of the Worldwide Marriage
Encounter Secretariat for Latin American and the founder and first
director of the Family Life Commission for the diocese of Chimbote,
Peru. Fr. Camacho, who has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology, has
published articles, manuals and books in the areas of parish renewal,
marriage enrichment and leadership training. He offers various training
workshops in these areas and an introductory program to the
Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) and its applications for
spiritual growth and human development, and its application to married
Fr. Camacho is now based in the Priory of
St. Mary, New Haven, CT, USA and engaged in full time itinerant
preaching, specializing in parish missions, retreats and workshops
while continuing his writing career. He is fluent in English and
Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.
Father James M. Cafone is the assistant
professor of religious studies at Seton Hall University and has served
there since 1968. He has been a long-time member of the
Editorial Board of the Catholic Advocate, the paper for the Archdiocese
of Newark. Over the years, Father Cafone has taught numerous
courses in adult education in various parishes in the Archdiocese and
the Diocese of Metuchen. He also is the weekend assistant to
many local parishes in the South Orange area.
He is also a counselor and friend to
numerous priests as well as students and serves as a sacramental
minister for Seton Hall’s campus ministry.
Father grew up in the South Orange area and
attended Seton Hall Preparatory School on a full academic scholarship.
Upon graduation he was awarded another full four year academic
scholarship (on the basis of competitive examinations) to the
University and received a BA degree. He received his
Doctorate in Moral and Spiritual Theology from Catholic University of
America in 1979.
FRANK CHAMBERS, OSA
Rev. Francis E. Chambers, OSA is a seasoned
retreat director with extensive experience in counseling, formative
spirituality and theological studies. He is currently the Associate
Director of International Admissions at Villanova University.
As the former chaplain for the Miami Dolphins from 1980-1988, Fr.
Chambers is also a published educator, campus minister and adjunct
chaplain. Fr. Chambers holds a MA in Formative Spirituality
from Duquesne University; a MTS in Theological Studies from Washington
Theological Union; an MA in Counseling from Villanova University and a
BA in Liberal Arts from Villanova University. He currently
resides in Villanova, PA.
BILL CLEARY, OSA
Father Bill Cleary, O.S.A. is an Augustinian
priest based at Villanova University. He has worked as a high school
teacher, professor, and parish priest and pastor. During a five-year
assignment in California, he began interfaith marriage encounters in a
reflection of his abiding concern for couples and families. Fr. Cleary
is trained as a canon lawyer with degrees from Catholic University of
America and the Gregorian University in Rome.
THOMAS F. DAILEY, OSFS
Father Dailey was born May 7, 1959 and was
ordained a priest in 1987 by Bishop Mulvee in Wilmington DE. He is
currently a teaching Professor of Theology at DeSales University in
Center Valley, Pennsylvania. He has taught a combination of
Introductory Theology course as well as advanced. On the
graduate level, he has taught Introduction to Salesian Spirituality at
the Washington Theological Union.
He is the author of many articles and books
centered on the theme of prayer and the Salesian way of living.
Dr. Mariette Danilo holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University. A former academic, she taught graduate level courses in psychology and worked extensively in the area of Health Psychology as a researcher at the Institute for Health Behavior Research at Cornell University Medical College-New York Hospital Center. Her work has focused on the development and prediction of risk taking and health compromising behaviors. She has been a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University on the topic of Health Psychology and Adolescent risk taking and problem behaviors. Mariette has extensive experience in creating programs that are grounded in current empirical knowledge and believes that information fuels transformation.
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CAROL DAVIS, OP, MA, CASAC
Dominican Pastoral Counseling Center, 1945 Union St, Niskayuna, NY 12309
does Psychospiritual counseling at
the Dominican pastoral Counseling Center in upstate New York and has
led retreats throughout the United States. Sr. Carol has a
rich background in spirituality, addictions and trauma recovery
counseling, university teaching and campus ministry.
Sr. Carol is personally familiar with the
long-term effects of addiction and violence. She rejoices in
the grace of healing. She brings compassion and creativity to
the process of teaching and traveling with others on the paths of
healing, love and light. She has recorded two CD's of guided
imagery that come from her dreams and prayer.
Fr. DeLacy is the school minister at Pope
John Paul II High School. He graduated from Msgr. Bonnor High School in
1993 and West Chester University in 1997. He then entered St. Charles
Borrromeo Seminary and was ordained a priest in 2004. From 2004 to
2007, he served as Parochial Vicar to SS. Peter and Paul parish. From
2007 to 2010, he was the school minister at Archbishop Carroll High
PETER J. DI MARIA
Born in the Germantown section of
Philadelphia, Father Peter J. DiMaria was raised in Glenside.
He graduated from St. Luke the Evangelist parochial school. After his
graduation from Bishop McDevitt High School, Father entered St. Charles
Ordained a priest in 1993 by His Eminence,
Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Father DiMaria served seven
years as a parochial vicar at Nativity B.V.M. parish, Media. He later
served at St. Anselm parish.
From 2001 ? 2006 Father was a full time
faculty member of Bishop Shanahan High School while at the same time
serving as chaplain of St. Mary of Providence Retreat Center.
In June 2006 Father was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi parish,
Springfield, as Parochial Vicar. He has served as a regular
confessor at Malvern for the last 4 years.
Eden is the author of My Peace I Give You: Healing
Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints (Ave
Maria Press, 2012) and The Thrill of the Chaste:
Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (Thomas
Born into a Jewish
family in New York City, Dawn lost her faith as a teenager and
became an agnostic. During her twenties, in the 1990s, she was a rock
historian, interviewing artists such as Elton John, Brian Wilson, and
Del Shannon. She went on to work on the editorial staff for
New York City newspapers, including the New York Post and
the Daily News.
was thirty-one, she experienced a dramatic conversion to
Christianity that ultimately led her to enter the Catholic
Church. Her first book, The Thrill of the
Chaste (2006), became a surprise hit, published in
four languages and earning her speaking invitations throughout North
America, as well as in England, Ireland, Poland, and at World Youth Day
Sydney. In her new book My Peace I
Give You, Dawn offers a Catholic
spirituality of healing for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse.
She holds a master's degree in theology from the Pontifical Faculty of
the Immaculate Conception at Dominican House of Studies in Washington,
DC, and is currently continuing her studies toward a doctorate.
CLIFF ERMATINGER, L.C.
Father Clifford Ermatinger, LC is a priest
of the Legionaires of Christ. As a noted author and
inspirational preacher, Fr. Ermatinger is an accomplished linguist, a
regarded bagpiper and gritty rugby player. He considers
himself a ‘faithful priest who is passionate and ardent about his
work. I’m a priest of Jesus Christ and that’s all I really
want to be.” He has given courses all over the world in
Spiritual Theology, Spiritual Direction, Apologetics and Youth
Formation. In addition, he has been a media spokesman for the
funeral of Pope John Paul II and the election of Benedict XVI on Good
Morning America, the BBC, CBS, Vatican and international television
stations. He has numerous publications including Common
Nonsense-25 Fallacies About Life Rebutted;
Into the Deep-Meditations for Evangelizers
of the New Millennium; On Perfection and St.
Theresa of Lisieux.
Rev. Augustine Esposito, Order of St. Augustine, president of
co-institutional Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast High Schools
has started packing in anticipation of his departure from the campus at
the end of the school year.
Father Esposito and the friars will withdraw from Bonner after 56 years
of service in the mission of Catholic education in the Augustinian
Fr. Esposito, Bonner Class of 1969, is one of many Augustinians who
graduated from the school and returned to teach or administer there.
A native of South Philadelphia, Esposito was raised in Collingdale.
After graduating from Bonner, he spent two years in college before
joining the Augustinians novitiate. Ordained in 1979, he taught at
Bonner one year, returning as a teacher in 1980 and recalled his very
first day in front of homeroom class.
From 1981 to 1984
Esposito was assigned to a church in the Bronx and attained his Ph.D.
in Spanish Literature and published his dissertation in 1988.
His next teaching assignment was Villanova University for four years
before his return to his alma mater in 2001 when he was named president
of the school.
In 2005, Fr. Esposito was named president of both Bonner and Prendie
when the archdiocese declared the schools, separated by a driveway,
Esposito will be unpacking his bags at Malvern Preparatory School where
he will serve in an administrative post.
WILLIAM GAFFNEY, CSsR
Rev. William f. Gaffney, a
veteran Redemptorist Missionary of 52 years, has been a Pastor, a
coordinator of a retreat house and now is a Spiritual Director for the
Sisters of Life. Still full of vitality, he has given parish
missions throughout the U.S.A., Canada and the Caribbean.
has given retreats to Priests, Deacons and Sisters. Over the
years he has given countless Marriage Encounter weekends. He
has developed a deeper understanding of the joys and trials of
families. Having a great love for families and
blessed with the gift to reach hearts of old and young alike, Father
Gaffney has been giving family missions leading them to have the
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in their
he gave talks at the Sacred Heart Global Congress in Paray-le-Monial in
FR. SIMEON GALLAGHER, OFM, Cap
Gallagher, OFMCap was born in Philadelphia and is a member of the
Mid-America Province of the Capuchin Order. He was ordained
priest in l971 and his ministerial background is diverse. He
was Campus Minister at Fort Hays State University (Hays, Kansas) from
l972-78 and held faculty positions at both Marian High-School (Hays,
KS.) and Marymount College (Salina, KS.). He was Chairman of the
Religious Education Board for the Salina Diocese.
In l978 he was
appointed Co-Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Shawnee, Kansas and was a
faculty member of Notre Dame de Sion Academy, Kansas City, Missouri. In
l980 he assumed a Pastorate at Holy Cross Church, Thornton, Colorado.
While there, Fr. Gallagher conducted a highly successful Parish
Development Program, an effective effort to surface new leadership and
invite greater parish participation, done in conjunction with the
national Metropolitan Organization of Peoples.
Fr. Gallagher is
Director of the Preaching Ministry Office of the Mid-America Province
of the Capuchin Order. He conducts retreats, parish development
programs, parish missions, and religious education workshops. His
association with the Emmaus Spirituality Program for Priests has gained
him an international reputation in conducting retreats for priests. His
work has taken him to Central America (El Salvador). He was
instrumental in founding Emmaus in Great Britain. He has presented
ecumenical lectures at the Jean XXIII Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. For
the past several years he has worked closely with the US Armed Forces
at military bases around the world. He recently returned from
engagements in Asia and Australia. In June, 2011 he was a featured
speaker at the Society of University Neuro-Surgeons(SUN)International
Symposium in Athens, Istanbul, and Ephesus.
Fr. Gallagher holds advanced
degrees in Religious Education, Ascetical Theology, Liberal Arts, and
l9th century British Literature. His literature degree has
earned him a reputation as a scholar in the works of John Henry
Cardinal Newman. He is a graduate of the Great Books Program
at St. John’s College (Annapolis/Santa Fe). Additional information can
be obtained by visiting the Mid-America Provincial website: www.midamcaps.org
"Meet the Father Ministry", 363 Greenwood
St, Millbury, MA 01527
Mrs. Eileen George is the mother of eight
children, from the diocese of Worcester, MA. She is renowned
for her healing ministry. As a retreat master, Eileen has
given retreats throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines,
and Korea. Her ministry has the approval of the
Bishop. Eileen has a regular teaching ministry and prayer
service at St. John's Church in Worcester, MA.
JOSEPH F. GLEASON
DIRECTOR OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION
ST. Chareles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA
(P) 610 785-6202
St. Bridget Church and School in
the East Falls section of Philadelphia. After graduating from
St. Bridget School, I went to Roman Catholic High School.
Upon graduation from Roman, I continued my studies at St. Joseph
University where I majored in English and received my B.A. in
1979. In 1982, I entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and
was ordained in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree.
After ordination, I spent three years as an
assistant pastor at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, PA. In
1990, I was assigned to the faculty of Roman Catholic High School where
I served as a teacher of Theology. In 1993, I was appointed
School Minister at Roman. In 1997, I received my M.S. degree
from Villanova University in Counseling and Human Relations.
The following year, I was appointed Director of Spiritual Formation for
the Theology Division at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, a position
where I am currently serving.
In the summer of 2003, I received an MA in
Christian Spirituality with a certificate in Spiritual Direction from
Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Timothy Gray is a nationally renowned
Catholic speaker and writer on Scripture. He is the
president of the dynamic new institute dedicated to the New
Evangelization and renewal of Catholic
education in Greenwood Village, Colorado, the Augustine Institute. He
is the author of many books,
such as Praying Scripture for a Change: an introduction to
Divina; Mission of the Messiah, Walking
with God: a Journey through the Bible; The Temple
in the Gospel of Mark
and he has led many bible
studies on Scripture that have been aired on EWTN. He has partnered
with Jeff Cavins in authoring
one of the most widely used Bible studies, The Great Adventure with
MATTHEW W. GUCKIN
St. Patrick Parish, 120 Woodland Avenue,
Malvern, PA 19355
In 1988 Fr. Guckin received a BS degree in
Logistics Management from Penn State University.
The following four years he worked for a
Management Consulting firm in the Washington DC area.
Father entered the seminary in the fall of
1992 and was ordained May 15, 1999. He served as assistant Pastor
for St. Cecilia’s parish in the Fox Chase section of
Father is currently a Professor of Theology
for Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, PA.
Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, has been
married to Kimberly since 1979, and has six children. An exceptionally
popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks
nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics talks
related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Over 500 of
these talks have been produced on audio and videotapes by St. Joseph
Communications. These tapes have been effective in helping
thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the
He is currently a Professor of Theology and
Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught
since 1990, and is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center
for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the inaugural Chair
of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent
Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Letter and Spirit (Doubleday: New York,
2005) and Understanding the Scriptures (Midwest Theological Forum:
Chicago, 2005) are the titles of his newest books. He is also
the author of Swear to God (Doubleday: New York, 2004),
Scripture Matters (Emmaus Road: Steubenville, 2003), Lord Have Mercy
(Doubleday: New York, 2003), Understanding Our Father (Emmaus Road:
Steubenville, OH, 2002); First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the
Church and the Trinity (Doubleday: New York, 2002); Hail Holy Queen:
The Mother of God in the Word of God (Doubleday: New York, 2001), The
Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth (Doubleday: New York, 1999);
A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love in Scripture
(Servant Publications: Ann Arbor, MI 1998), co-author (along with his
wife, Kimberly) of Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism
(Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 1993), and co-editor of Catholic for a
Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God (Emmaus Road:
Steubenville, OH 1998). Dr. Hahn has also written numerous articles in
lay and academic publications.
Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree
with a triple-major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove
City College, Pennsylvania, in 1979, his Masters of Divinity from
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Biblical
Theology from Marquette University in 1995. Scott has ten
years of youth and pastoral ministry experience in Protestant
congregations (in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Kansas and
Virginia) and is a former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake
Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity
Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. He entered the
Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.
JOHN M. HAMROGUE, CSSR
Mary’s Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester
Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
M. Hamrogue, C.Ss.R. was
ordained in 1963. He has served as professor in the former Redemptorist
College Seminary and as Director of Formation. He has served as parish
priest, pastor, preacher of parish missions, and of retreats to lay
people, priests, and religious. For seven years he lived and worked on
the islands of St. Lucia and Dominica in the Caribbean, and got used to
He has written a few little things. Now he
is a parish priest at St. Mary?s, Annapolis, and is most notably
involved with children and their parents, in the grammar school and the
sacramental programs of religious education. He works in Spanish, too,
acquired in his age.
GREGORY J. HICKEY
Fr. Gregory Hickey is the pastor
of St. John Fisher parish in Delaware County, He served as the Rector
of Malvern Retreat House from 2007-2011. He was ordained a priest in
the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1979. He has served as a
Parochial Vicar in the following parishes: SS. Simon and Jude,
Westtown; Saint Augustine, Bridgeport, and Saint Leo in Tacony. The
majority of his priestly assignments have been in education:
Cardinal Dougherty, Saint Hubert’s, Bishop Conwell, Roman Catholic, and
Kennedy-Kenrick where he was both Principal and President. While
serving in the high school apostolate, he was in residence at both Our
Lady Help of Christians in Philadelphia and Saint Helena in Center
Square. He is a post-doctoral candidate in education at St.
Joseph’s University. In addition, he served on numerous boards as well
as chairing several Middle States evaluations, which is an accrediting
agency in education. He was the Chaplain of
Immaculata University and a full-time member of the Theology Department.
Fr. Peter Hopkins, LC studied Liberal Arts
at Thomas Aquinas College in California before entering the Legionaries
of Christ in 1977. He completed his philosophical
and theological studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University
and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has worked in
Ireland and Mexico in the Catholic formation of youth and
family. He is currently director of the Thornwood
Conference and Training Center in Thornwood which specializes
in marriage preparation courses, retreats, spiritual exercises, family
counseling, marriage enrichment retreats and youth
activities. He was ordained by the Holy Father John Paul II
along with his two younger brothers on the 50th anniversary of the
foundation of the Legionaries of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica in
1991. He also has a sister who is a Nashville Dominican
Anna Iatesta and her husband, Bob have been
in full-time service to families and children since 1977, when they
founded Families in Christ, a Catholic lay ministry dedicated to
strengthening Christian family life. In 1985, Anna founded Living Bridges,
with the mission of saving children, strengthening families and
stirring faith in God. This work has grown dramatically into
the full service organization as it is today. Anna co-hosted
On the Way, a Gabriel award-winning television series; she is also the
recipient of the Catholic Campaign for America’s Catholic Contribution
Award. She is a national conference speaker and media guest
on radio and television. Currently, Anna is the Director for
a weekly support program for Catholic home-based educators and the
Living Bridges Hosting Program for international orphan children.
Carol Jensen, M.A. is a spiritual companion
trained in the Ignatian tradition. She holds degrees in Social Work
from the University of Michigan and Holistic Spirituality from Chestnut
TIMOTHY KEATING, CSSR
Rev. Timothy F. Keating, CSsR was ordained a
priest at the Redemptorist seminary Mt. St. Alphonsus in
1966. He served in an inner-city parish in Baltimore, MD for
He received an STL from Catholic University
and his doctorate in theology form the University of St. Michael’s
College in Toronto.
He taught some years in the Redemptorist
College Seminary in Suffield, CT. He also offered courses for the St.
Bernard’s Institute in Rochester and adult education courses at
Nazareth College also in Rochester.
For the past 20 years he has ministered at
retreat centers operated by his community in western NY, in the Hudson
Valley, and on the NJ coast. He has also conducted many
parish missions and retreats. As well he has done a
significant amount of adult education programs in non-academic settings
(parish-based, Elderhostel, etc.) He also has done a considerable
amount of spiritual direction.
At the present time he is part of the parish
mission team of the Redemptorists leading parish renewals and retreats,
ministering mostly in upstate NY as well as in other places in the
He resides with the Redemptorist community
at St. Clement?s parish in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Matthew Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia,
on July 12, 1973. Kelly is a New York Times bestselling
author and is widely recognized today as one of the best speakers in
the world. With his keen sense of humor and heart-warming
charm, Kelly has been effortlessly elevating and energizing audiences
in more than 50 countries for the past decade.
Matthew Kelly is an international retreat
director, author and motivational speaker.
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King is a writer, ex-lawyer, sober alcoholic, contemplative and
National Public Radio commentator. She struggled with alcoholism for
many years, got sober in 1987, and converted to Catholicism in 1996. An
essayist and blogger, Heather is the author of several books, including
Parched; her spiritual reflections appear regularly in Magnificat
witty, entertaining style draws her audience into the deeper aspects of
the spiritual journey. She has an authentic razor-sharp clarity about
accepting life on life’s terms. For those who desire to take time apart
with God and with other recovering women, Malvern’s Serenity retreat
provides a safe haven in a tranquil 125-acre wooded setting.
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
a Redemptorist: 1961
a Priest: 1966
Father Don spent 39 years in the
Redemptorist foreign mission along the Amazon River in
Brazil. While assigned to Brazil, he studied moral theology
in Rome. He's been a pastor, preached retreats,
taught, authored books and
articles, spiritually advised many lay groups, aided
seminarians, and held administration positions. He is happy
being able to now tell stories and jokes in English instead of
JUDE MICHAEL KRILL, OFM CONV.
Originally from St. Matthew's in
from: St. Hyacinth College and
St. Anthony on Hudson Theological University of Notre Dame, South Bend
Entered Franciscans in 1973; made solemn
vows in 1978
Ordained priest in 1983
Taught high school for 12 years/college for
Teaches English and Theology
Currently is Chaplain, Campus Minister and
Teacher at Neumann College, Aston, PA
Father Jude Michael taught literature at
Archbishop Curley High School and Loyola. He served as
English department chair, student government and national honor society
moderators, and director of retreats for campus ministry. He
has been spiritual director for local Franciscans and a member of St.
Anthony Province Spiritual Life Commission. Father has even
made room for pastoral ministries by preaching missions and Sunday
As of August 15, Father Jude Michael began
continuing his commitment to helping students grow intellectually and
spiritually as Chaplain, Campus Minister, and faculty member for
LOWE Ed.D., M.Div.
2129 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
Born in 1956 and raised in northeast
Philadelphia by Philip J. Lowe, Jr., a Philadelphia policeman, and
Emily M. Lowe, a private secretary.
Doctor of Education, August 1996
Department of Educational Administration,
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Graduate Course Concentration: Supervision
of Instruction, School Administration
Dissertation: Clinical Supervision Practices
of the Secondary School Principals of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia,
Master of Divinity, May 1982 - Saint Charles
Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Major: Pastoral Theology
Bachelor of Arts, May 1978 - Saint Charles
Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Director, Newman Center – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA - June
Directs pastoral ministry to Temple
University’s Roman Catholic community and the wider university
Principal, Saint Pius X High School,
Pottstown, PA - June 1993-June 2000
Oversaw all academics and auxiliary
personnel with full responsibility for supervision, evaluation, and
hiring. Directed administrative team of five full-time persons using a
collaborative style of management.
DANIEL E. MACKLE, M.A., M.Div.
Ordained 1980 following studies at the
University of Notre Dame and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
School Minister at St. Pius X. High School
and Archbishop Kennedy High School (1981-1988)
Director, Archdiocesan Office for Workshop
Pastor, St. Patrick's Parish, Philadelphia
Adjunct faculty, St. Charles Borromeo
Fr. Shaun Mahoney is the Rector of St.
Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia. A graduate of Archbishop
Carroll High School for Boys in Radnor PA and Harvard University, he
was ordained for the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1991. He served as a parochial
vicar at St. Bernadette Church in Drexel Hill from 1991 to 1993. From
1993 to 1999 he studied at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he
obtained a license and a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology. Upon
completing his studies, he was assigned as Assistant Professor of
Theology and Formation Advisor at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. His
term at the Seminary extended from 1999 to 2005.
From 2005-2010, he served as the Director for the Newman
Center at Temple University.
THOMAS PATRICK MALLAGHAN, CM
Father Mallaghan was born and educated in
Brooklyn New York. Following his ordination he earned a MA in
United States and European History and a Ph. D. in Religious Studies.
He taught History, Theology, and Scripture
at St. John’s University and was Superior of the Order there for ten
years. For the past 20 years he has been involved in
counseling and spiritual direction. He is also a spiritual
advisor to 12-step Fellowships.
MICHAEL T. MANNION, S.T.L., M.A.
MSGR. MICHAEL T. MANNION, S.T.L., M.A. is
the Director of Community Relations for
the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. Ordained to the Priesthood in 1971,
Msgr. Mannion is a
pioneer in the field of post-abortion healing, having authored some of
the first and finest books
on the topic, including Abortion and Healing – A Cry to Be
Whole (1986). He has conducted
training for clergy and lay professionals throughout the world on this
topic. His work has helped
to develop the Church’s understanding of the wounds abortion brings and
of the path to healing.
His ministry inspired Dr. Theresa Burke to focus on the topic of
healing after abortion and to
develop the Rachel’s Vineyard retreat program, now
the world’s largest ministry for postabortion
healing. Msgr. Mannion is now developing a new line of thought linking
the path of
healing with the traditional schools of spirituality in the Church.
Msgr. Mannion has served as a Cable News Network commentator for the
funeral of Mother
Teresa, with whom he had the privilege of working. His many other media
Meet the Press, the Charlie
Rose Show, and MSNBC. He holds advanced
degrees in theology,
Scripture, and youth ministry. His work also involved ministering to
law enforcement personnel
and their families, and in that arena has been able to apply his
insights into healing the wounds
Msgr. Mannion was the Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate
Conception in Camden, NJ
from 2001 until 2008 and his work has helped many pro-life
organizations and dioceses to be
more effective in advancing the work of healing and the protection of
JOSEPH T. MARINO, MA., M.DIV.
Reverend Monsignor Joseph T. Marino is
Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford and Regional
Vicar for Chester County. Monsignor is also a consultant for the
Archdiocesan Board of Education, where he previously served as a member
for nine years.
Monsignor entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1966, and was
ordained a priest by John Cardinal Krol at the Cathedral Basilica of
Saints Peter and Paul on May 17, 1975. Monsignor Marino served as
assistant pastor at Saint Monica Parish in South Philadelphia and as a
Regional Coordinator for the Cardinal’s Commission on Human Relations.
He then devoted eleven years of service to the secondary school system
of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was appointed as the first
Director of the Office for the Renewal of Pastoral Life, where he
coordinated the nine-year Spiritual Renewal efforts of Anthony Cardinal
Bevilacqua. He is a former Director of the Archdiocesan Family Life
Office and Administrator of Saint Joseph Parish in Ambler. In 1997,
Monsignor Marino was appointed as Pastor of Saint Denis Parish in
Havertown. He was the first diocesan priest to replace the Augustinians
who served Saint Denis Parish for 145 years.
Monsignor Marino is a member of the first graduating class of Cardinal
O’Hara Catholic High School in Springfield, Delaware County. He has a
Master of Divinity degree from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and a
Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Temple University.
Father Justin M. Matro, O.S.B., has been
named the Rector of Saint Vincent Seminary by Archabbot Douglas R.
Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor. The appointment becomes effective Monday,
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of
Father Justin as the Rector of the Seminary,” said Archabbot Douglas.
“His years of experience in Seminary formation provide a solid
foundation for preparing priesthood students for future leadership and
service in the Church.”
Father Justin has been a member of the
Seminary faculty and staff for the past 13 years. For eight years,
Father Justin served as Director of Spiritual Formation. Father Justin
has served as Vice Rector of the Seminary and Dean of Human Formation
since 2003. An Assistant Professor of Spiritual Theology, he has taught
at the Seminary since 1993.
He attended St. Louise de Marillac School in
Upper St. Clair, PA and then Highland Avenue School in Midland Park,
New Jersey. He is a 1976 graduate of Midland Park High School. He
earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Seton Hall
University in 1981, a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent
Seminary in 1988, a master of arts degree in systematic theology from
Saint Vincent Seminary in 1989, a master of arts degree in formative
spirituality from Duquesne University in 1991, and a doctorate in
sacred theology from the Gregorian Pontifical University in January of
He made simple profession of vows at Saint
Vincent Archabbey on July 10, 1984, and solemn profession of vows on
July 11, 1987. He served his diaconate internship at Sacred Heart
Parish, Jeannette (1988-1989), and was ordained a priest on May 27,
1989 by Bishop Anthony G. Bosco of Greensburg.
Father Justin is the son of Nicholas P.
Matro of Crabtree and the late Marguerite (Monnich) Matro. He is one of
six children, including Mary M. Abrey, Washingtonville, New York; N. P.
Matro, Jr., Hawthorne, New Jersey; John Matro, Ramsey, New Jersey;
Claire Matro, Monroeville; and William Matro, Latrobe.
He has also previously served as Director of
the Retreat Program at Saint Vincent Archabbey (1988-1990); Vocation
Director of the Archabbey (2000-2003); and Assistant in the Seminary
Development Office (1987-1991) and in a number of other capacities.
Father Justin succeeds Father Kurt Belsole,
O.S.B., who has completed six years as Rector of the Seminary.
According to John C. Marous, Jr., Chairman
of the Seminary’s Board of Regents, “Father Kurt has provided effective
leadership and service to the Seminary community as Rector since May of
2000.” “During the past six years Father Kurt has worked hard to
advance the academic programs and the liturgical life of the Seminary,”
Archabbot Douglas said. “During his years of service, the John and
Annette Brownfield Center underwent a substantial renovation including
the addition of wireless internet access and state of the art
information technology. In addition, the Pastoral Stewardship Program,
the Pope Benedict XVI Chair in Biblical Theology and Liturgical
Proclamation, and the Apostolic Visitation were all completed during
“We are all deeply grateful to Father Kurt
and to Father Justin for their contributions to the advancement of
Saint Vincent Seminary and assure them of our continued gratitude and
prayers,” Archabbot Douglas said.
SUZANNE MAYER, I.H.M.
Sister Suzanne Mayer, Ph.D., AAPC, NCC, an
Immaculate Heart Sister, knows well the gift and cost of being a
sibling of a special needs child. The oldest of eight
children, Sister Suzanne’s youngest brother is multiply handicapped and
retarded. For the past ten years, Sister has served not only
as her brother’s confident, friend and co-vacationer, but also as his
guardian. Professionally, Sister has worked with special
needs children both as a teacher of CCD in various parish programs and
as a pastoral counselor in both school and private settings.
Currently, Sister Suzanne teaches part-time at Immaculate College in
the Master’s in Clinical Psychology program and full-time at Neumann
College in the Master’s program in Pastoral Counseling.
Sister, herself a pastoral counselor, has a small practice as part of
her ministry. Many residents of Chester County and the
surrounding areas know Sister as the recent director of the IHM
Spirituality Center where she ministered for the past eight years and
as a frequent presenter in retreats, parish conferences, faculty
meetings and parent programs. Over the last thirty years
Sister has taught “every grade from K through postgraduate” and has
counseled individuals from age four through eighty.
Obviously, the area of developmental psychology is a favorite of Sister
Suzanne’s as well as helping those recovering from trauma.
Sister Suzanne has published poetry, articles and reflections in such
journals as Review for Religious, Human Development, Spiritual Life,
and The Journal of Pastoral Care and has published a book, Celebrating
the Woman You Are as well as chapters in several pastoral counseling
McCarthy is a published author, Catholic radio broadcaster and has been
a Catholic lay evangelist for almost 40 years. Her message of the
Father's merciful love, the Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and
the power of the Holy Spirit are central to the doctrines of the
Kathleen has traveled
across the country and internationally as a sought-after conference
speaker and facilitates workshops, days of renewal and parish retreats.
Kathleen has been involved in healing ministry for over four decades.
She has the gift of story telling that readily touches the hearts of
all individuals. Her willingness to share her faith and wisdom has
established her as a dynamic instrument for proclaiming God's word to
both believers and inactive Catholics of all ages.
experienced the death of a husband, loss of a house through fire,
personal and family illness and loss. Through it all, her
uncompromising love of God and faith in His love for her has been her
source of strength in weakness and her light in darkness. She is a
gifted speaker who shares with enthusiasm and motivates many hearts to
experience the living God.
WILLIAM MC CARTHY
Rev. William McCarthy is the founder of My
Father's House Spiritual Retreat Center, Moodus, CT. He is a
nationally known retreat director an published author of well-known
Catholic books on topics relating to the Holy Eucharist, the Blessed
Mother and prayer. People travel from all over the US to pray with Fr.
JOSEPH M. MC CLOSKEY, SJ
Spiritual Direction and Retreat Work
R.A.P.T. (taught drug and alcohol teachers, Writer
McKenna Center, Drop-in-center, kitchen, shelter for the homeless and
Shalom House Retreat Center, Richmond Diocese, Director and Retreat
Jesuit Retreat House, Charlotte Diocese, Director and Retreat Master
Retreat House, Wash. Diocese, Director and Retreat Master
Moamoa Seminary, Western Samoa, Visiting Professor
HS. Student Counselor
HS, Student Counselor
Priest, Santiago, Chile
1965-1968 San Mateo
HS, Osorno, Chile, teacher
1946-1950 Xavier HS,
B.A Classics, Fordham
catechetics at the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile.
Teacher - Gonzaga,
D.C., 57-60 and 97: San Mateo, Osorno, 65-68: Moamoa, Samoa, 75-76
Counselor - Gonzaga
- 70-71: O'Connell - 71-75
Parish Work -
Santiago, Chile: McLean, Va., Savaii, Western Samoa
Retreat Houses -
Loyola -70-75: Jesuit House of Prayer, N.C., 79-81
Shalom House, Va.
Parish Renewals -
Charlotte and Richmond Dioceses - 79-91
Preached Retreats -
Shelter and Soup
Kitchen - 91-96
Cursillos - dioceses
of Richmond and Arlington and Washington
FATHER JOSEPH MCDONOUGH
126 Dorsey Road
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Fr. Joseph McDonough; Founded The Hezekiah
Movement, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program in 1999. He is
also the Executive Director of The Hezekiah Movement, Inc. He has
dedicated his life to helping others and sharing his special message of
recovery to all those who are affected by addiction, located in
Southwest Baltimore. The Hezekiah Movement are people in recovery,
families, and people concerned about the growing epidemic of drug and
alcohol abuse. We are dedicated to strengthening the spirit of those
touched by addiction and we promote a spiritual response to the
spiritual crisis of addiction.
See website: www.Hezekiahmovement.org
Rev. Edward McElduff, 2586 Mountain Road,
Slatington, PA 18080-3548
I was born January 16, 1922 in New York,
NY. My dad was in the Navy, and I followed him overseas and
many places in U.S.A.
Graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in
Long Beach, California in 1940. Attended University of
California in Long Beach and St. Joseph’s College in
Philadelphia. Received a BA Degree in Physics from St.
Entered seminary at St. Charles Borromeo in
Philadelphia, PA in 1946. Master of Theology in 1953 and ordained a
priest in 1953. I served in seven parishes in the Archdiocese
of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Allentown until 2001.
I served in the Navy from 1942-1946 in both
European and Pacific operations. I was wounded and awarded
the Purple Heart for action on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Presently I am retired and live in
Anne McGlone is the President and Founder of
McGlone & Associates, LLC
and Agnus Dei Communications, Ltd.
She is a seasoned retreat director and motivational speaker with
thirty-five years in corporate management and ministry. As a radio host
on Radio Maria USA, Anne has been broadcasting a
syndicated radio program entitled, "Don't Give Up" for over six years.
Many of her Catholic documentaries have appeared on EWTN, the Eternal
Word Television Network and the Arts & Entertainment Network (A
& E); most notably, Marian Apparitions of the 20th
Ricardo Montalban and The Father's Gift. As an
planner for the Sacred Heart Apostolate in New York, Anne also manages
several renowned Catholic personalities in her daily work. She has
authored a new book entitled, "The Whisper in the Wind" to be released
in the spring of 2012. She is married to Jim for thirty-one years,
mother of two daughters and grandmother.
DONALD MINISCALCO, CSsR
Father Donald Miniscalco, a Philadelphia
native, is currently stationed at St. Peter’s Church, 5th
and Girard Avenue, the shrine of St. John Neumann. Father is
a Redemptorist priest, ordained in 1968. He pursued advanced
studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the Gregorian
University in Rome and has taught in various seminaries and
universities in this country. Father also served at parishes
in Buffalo and New York City’s colorful East Side.
Since 1980, Father Don has devoted full time
energy to conducting parish Missions. Although he works primarily in
the Philadelphia region, he has also conducted renewals in Ireland,
Canada, and the Caribbean and has directed retreats for priests,
sisters and lay people in the United States and abroad.
In 2003, Pope John Paul III bestowed the Pro
Ecclesia et Pontifice honor on Father Miniscalco at the request of the
Philadelphia Archdiocese in recognition of his service in the new
THOMAS J. MORGAN
Thomas J. Morgan was ordained a priest in 1965 when he earned a B.A.
(Equiv.) in Philosophy at St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny,
Ireland. After receiving his M.S. from Iona College
and his M.Div. from Seton Hall University, Msgr. Thomas achieved more
academic success when he earned a doctorate from Temple
In regards to his pastoral and professional experiences, Msgr. Thomas
came to the United States and served as Camden's Director of the
Vocation Office for ten years between 1972-1983.
Additionally, he was pastor of many parishes in New Jersey, including
St. Thomas More Parish where he most recently served as pastor from
2003-2012. He is a NJ licensed clinical psychologist,
marriage and family therapist, and a certified school psychologist as
well as PA certifications in cognitive therapy, marriage counseling,
and family life education.
JOHN S. MRAZ, M.A.M.ED M.DIV.
Fr. Mraz was born and raised in the
Bethlehem area. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and
Mount Saint Mary’s University. Fr. Mraz was ordained a priest
for the Allentown diocese.
Fr. Mraz has been a Theology teacher, Vice
Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Education, Director of the
Newman Center at Lehigh and is now the pastor at Assumption BVM in
Northampton, PA and Director of the Office for Ecumenism and
Interreligious Dialogue for the Diocese of Allentown.
In the year 2000 he was installed in the
Equestrian Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulcher at St. Patrick?s
Cathedral in New York City.
EAMONN MULCAHY, CSSP
Rev. Eamonn Mulcahy, CSSP
is a Spiritan
priest ordained in his home town of Manchester, England in1980.He
received his Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology in 1983 and his Doctorate
in Systematic Theology in 2004 from the Gregorian University, Rome. He
has been involved in parish ministry in Congo-Brazzaville and in
Northern Nigeria. For seven years he worked in Vocations& Youth
ministry in Scotland, and then taught theology for nine years at the
Missionary Institute London, being on the Provincial Leadership Team of
the Spiritans in Britain for six of those years. He has extensive
experience in adult faith formation courses and giving retreats to
priests, religious and lay-people in Europe, North America and Africa.
He recently published a study of contemporary soteriology entitled The
Cause of our Salvation (Rome: Tesi Gregoriana, 2007). Since
2006 he has
been a Formator at the Spiritan International Scholasticate outside
Nairobi, Kenya, whilst lecturing in Systematic Theology at Tangaza
College, which is part of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
JOHN MURRAY, C.Ss.R.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 526 59th
Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Father John Murray, C.Ss.R. was born in
Brooklyn, New York in 1948. In 1966 he professed vows as a
Redemptorist and in 1973, he was ordained by Cardinal Cooke.
From 1974 until 1981, was Vocation director for
Redemptorists. In 1981, he became Pastor of St. Wenceslaus
Church, Baltimore, MD. Then, in 1987, he was appointed pastor
of St. Mary’s Church, Annapolis, MD. From 1993 to 1999, he
was Director and Rector, San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch, NJ.
Presently, he is a full time Retreat and Mission preacher.
He has preached over ninety Missions, twenty
priest retreats and thirty Sister’s retreats as well as a number of
Cursillo weekends, Marriage Encounters and Retrouvaille Weekends.
He is also the author of Strictly Spiritual,
a weekly column on spirituality for a few Catholic newspapers, winning
the Catholic Press Association award for columnist. He also
has written a number of ?Dear Padre? columns for Liguori
MICHAEL MURRAY, OSFS
Director, Spirituality Center, 2200 Kentmere
Pkwy, Wilmington, DE 19806
Rev. Michael S. Murray, OSFS, is Executive
Director of the De Sales Spirituality Center, a ministry of the
Wilmington-Philadelphia province of the Oblates of St. Francis de
Sales. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, and the oldest of three
children, Michael joined the community of priests and brothers
dedicated to the spirit of St. Francis de Sales in 1975. Ordained a
priest in 1986, he holds a BA in Psychology, a Master of
Divinity and an MA in Educational Administration. Before
assuming the position as Executive Director of the De
Sales Spirituality Center - a post he has held for nearly eight years
- Fr. Murray served for fourteen years in secondary education
in Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, twelve of these
in leadership positions.
In addition to the arena of Christian
spirituality, Fr. Murray's other interests include transportation,
photography and military history. He has been published in a number of
railroad-related periodicals, including Railpace Newsmagazine, CTC
Board, Rail Classics and TRAINS Magazine. Michael has also authored an
all-color book featuring the Pennsylvania Railroad during the 1950's
JOHN J. NORDEMANN
Fr. Nordemann is a graduate of Cardinal
Dougherty HS and Penn State University with a BS in Finance. After
working for seven years, he entered St. Charles Seminary in
1995. He was ordained in 2001.
He has worked in parishes, gives Days of
Recollection, youth retreats, and also the RCIA program.
He is on the faculty of Cardinal O'Hara High
School residing in Sacred Heart Parish in Havertown.
DENNIS J.W. O'DONNELL
Holy Redeemer Health
System, 667 Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
(215) 938-4685 or (610) 644-8237
email@example.com or Padre@amigosdejesus.org
1947 - Baptized 18 May 1947
Ordained 18 May 1974
Father Dennis JW
O'Donnell, Ph.D. currently is the coordinator of Integrated Health
Services (IHS). This program offered by Holy Redeemer Health
System provides a wholistic, integrated assessment of a person from a
physical, psychological and spiritual perspective. Based on
the assessment, consultation is offered to help a person?s decision to
further enhance his or her health in a balanced, integrated manner.
From 1989 to 2006
Father O’Donnell served as the Rector and Spiritual Director of St.
Joseph-in-the-Hills, the Malvern Retreat House in Pennsylvania.
In 1996 Father
co-founded an orphanage in Honduras, Amigos de Jesus. Along
with the children in the orphanage, Amigos de Jesus financially
supports two other orphanages serving over 200 abused and abandoned
children who are now given a safe home to live and grow intellectually,
socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
From 1982 to 1989 he
was the assistant superintendent for Catholic Education in Philadelphia
responsible for five special education day schools and for the
curriculum in the secondary schools. He also had the
responsibility for BLOCS, a development program of business leaders in
Philadelphia for the Catholic schools.
Between the years of
1980 and 1982 he studied at Fordham University receiving a Ph.D.
Between 1976 and
1980 Father O'Donnell was a teacher and chaplain at Cardinal Dougherty
High School, and a chaplain for the Dominican Sisters of Catherine de
Ricci, who staff a retreat center primarily for women.
ordination in 1974, he was assigned to Maternity BVM Parish in
Philadelphia where he served as an associate-pastor for two
years. After ordination to the Deaconate, Father O'Donnell
was assigned as Assistant Chaplain at Philadelphia State Mental
weekend retreats and days of recollection for various groups (senior
citizens, married couples, faculty, students). Father also
directs retreats for religious, clergy and parish missions/retreats
throughout the USA.
MICHAEL S. OLIVERE, M.A., MDiv.
Father Michael S. Olivere has been a priest
of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for approximately 13 years. A native
of Philadelphia, Father Mike grew up in St. Lucy’s parish, in Manayunk.
After graduating from LaSalle University, Father Mike taught at the
elementary school level for a number of years. He later went on to
receive a doctorate in education. Father Mike was ordained to the
priesthood in 1994. For over ten years, he served as president of St.
John Neumann High School, which later became Neumann-Goretti High
School. For the past year, Father Mike has been assigned as the
parochial vicar for Assumption BVM parish in Feastervile, PA. Father
Mike is also on the faculty of St. Charles Seminary in the Permanent
Diaconate program. Finally, Father Mike is a certified spiritual
director for priests, deacons, and clergy in training. He is a warm and
friendly person, and his engaging talks will be an inspiration to both
children and adults.
MITCH PACWA, SJ
Father Mitchell C. Pacwa, S.J., Senior
Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is President and
Founder of Ignatius Productions, world-renowned lecturer, spiritual
director for over 50 Holy Land pilgrimages, and is best known for his
appearances on EWTN (Eternal World Global Catholic Network) as host of
television and radio programs.
An accomplished Biblical Scholar and
Apologist, Father Pacwa, S.J. earned his Ph.D. in Old Testament from
Vanderbilt University. He also holds a Master of Divinity and S.T.B.
from the Jesuit School of Theology at Loyola University. He speaks 12
languages, including Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Koine Greek.
Father Pacwa, ordained in 1976, is a best-selling author, including
Paul: A Study Guide for Catholics (2008) published
Visitor and How
to Listen When God is Speaking: A Guide for Modern Day
Catholics (2011) published by The Word Among Us
Father Pacwa has
a new book being released in August 2012 with Our Sunday Visitor
celebrating the Year of Faith called, “The Year of Faith: A
LUIS R. RODRIGUEZ
Father Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico in
1966. He was raised in Brooklyn NY. His high school and
university years were in Puerto Rico. In 1987 he entered St.
Charles Borromeo Seminary as a seminarian from the diocese of
Harrisburg. He was ordained in 1993.
Father is presently pastor of St. Benedict
the Abbot parish in Lebanon, PA and regularly appears on EWTN answering
Spanish questions on various topics. He enjoys a good game of
chess and speaks Spanish fluently.
Ordained in the Jubilee Year 2000, for the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Fr. Rogers is currently the Vocation
Director for Diocesan Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The oldest of 5 children, Fr Rogers was
raised in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Bishop McDevitt
High School in 1991. Upon graduation, he entered St. Charles Borromeo
Seminary where he completed his college education earning a B.A. degree
in Philosophy. After college, he moved on to the Spirituality Year
Program and then onto Theology Studies at St. Charles where he earned a
Master of Divinity, Master of Arts and a Bachelor in Sacred Theology
Degrees. He spent the first 5 years of priesthood as parochial vicar of
Sts. Philip and James Parish in Exton, has been involved with prayer
groups for over 10 years and is convinced that encountering the living
presence of Christ in the Eucharist and growing in Christ is the most
important gift we could ever receive.
Marty Rotella is a five-time Grammy nominee,
international recording artist and inspirational, national evangelist.
As the founder of Spirit Power, Rotella conducts Spirit Power retreats
and conferences throughout the US for men, women and teens.
Lester Ruppersberger is an NFP–only board certified OB/GYN with a
private practice in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA. He is the
current treasurer of the National Catholic Medical
Association. He and his wife of 42 years, Betty, have a live
call-in radio program on Holy Spirit radio for 13 years called “NFP…for
Life.” He is a frequent speaker for pro-life groups on many
topics, has published articles in the Linacre Quarterly,
a publication of the CMA, and is a certified NFP instructor for the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as well as an associate professor at the
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has two children and
Philip Scott founded Family of Jesus the Healer, a family of priests,
brothers and sisters dedicated to Christ and His Church. They are bound
by private vows of obedience, chastity, poverty and martyrdom, praying
to be healed and formed into a family by the Divine Family (Father, Son
and Holy Spirit) in order to live out in a prophetic manner our
baptismal calling to follow Jesus Christ and to be His instruments of
healing for families. Families include not only the individual domestic
family, but also the broader family of the Church and of society. They
have been missionaries in Chaclacayo, Peru, since January 10, 2003.
Phillip Scott is an international retreat director, conference speaker
and author. He is known in the U.S. most notably for his work
around the issue of forgiveness. His new book on Father
Wounds will be released in 2013.
A. SERANO, O.PRAEM
Father Joseph Serano is a Priest of
Daylesford Abbey, with a doctorate from The Catholic University of
America. For 25 years, he taught theology at Saint Joseph’s University
in Philadelphia. He presently teaches at the Abbey’s Spirituality
Center and assists at Bethesda Project in its ministry to the homeless
in the city. He also serves as Abbey treasurer.
Order of Friars Minor Capuchin
Matthew Edmund Shaughnessy, fourth son and
ninth child of John and Anna Shaughnessy, was born on November 16, 1929
in Rochester, Pa. He was baptized on November 24, 1929 at St. Cecelia's
Church in Rochester. For eight years he attended school there
under the guidance of the Sisters of Divine Providence and graduated in
1943. Upon graduation, he entered St. Fidelis
College and Seminary in Herman, Pa. which was staffed by the
Capuchin-Franciscan Friars of the St. Augustine Province where he
earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts.
A talented and capable athlete in his youth,
Father Angelus turned down an offer to play professional baseball as a
left-handed pitcher for the Cleveland Indians to enter the Capuchin
Novitiate in Cumberland, Maryland. On July 14, 1953, Father
solemnly professed his perpetual vows as a Capuchin Friar.
Father’s theological studies took him to
Capuchin College in Washington, DC for four years where he received a
Master’s Degree in Religious Education. On June 4, 1955,
Father Angelus was ordained to the priesthood at the hands of Bishop
John McNamara in the crypt of the National Shrine of the Immaculate
From 1956 until 1966, Father Angelus served
as the Director of the Secular Franciscan Order (S.F.O. ) at St.
Augustine Church in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. During that same period,
he was Commissary Provincial for the St. Augustine Province. He also
assisted Rev. Urban Adelman, O.F.M. Cap., who was the retreatmaster at
St. Francis Retreat House in Pittsburgh.
In October of 1966, Father Angelus
volunteered to work as a missionary in Papua New Guinea (P.N.G.) where
he was spiritual director and teacher in the Pontifical Seminary of
Madang for eleven years.
For three years, Father Angelus did pastoral
work in the Mendi Diocese of the Southern Highlands. As a
major part of his parochial ministry, Father and his parishioners built
eleven permanent churches and three bush churches.
While ministering to the needs of the people
of P.N.G., Father was privileged to baptize 1,227
men, women, and children. It was there also that Father's
fondness for swimming led to his mastery of walking in deep water for
any distance - an unmatched record that was submitted to the Guinness
Book of Records in London.
Results of his physical examination revealed
that his cardiogram was unsatisfactory and in the summer of
1980, Father was reassigned to Western
Pennsylvania. Under the auspices of St. Fidelis Retreat
Center, he maintained a rigorous schedule of parish mission and
renewals, preached and directed retreats, accepted parish help-outs,
days of recollection and appointments for personal individual
counseling. He continued this work for nine years out of St.
Mary's Friary, Export, PA and four years with St. Paulinus Church in
Since July 1, 2001, Father Angelus has been
stationed at Birmingham, Alabama as the Minister General to the
Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word.
After circling the globe four times and
traveling thousands of miles over barely navigable terrain, Father
delights in characterizing his present ministry as " the good life - a
taste of the hundredfold here on earth".
Rev. Michael J. Shea, C.M. was born in
Brooklyn, New York as the youngest of six children. After graduation
from high school, he entered the Vincentian minor seminary in
Princeton, New Jersey. He was ordained a priest in 1970 and for the
next 13 years he taught in a number of high schools in Philadelphia.
From 1983 to 1993 Father Shea divided his time between Niagara
University, NY and Auburn Univ., AL. In 1993 he was assigned to St.
Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, MI and served there until his
recent assignment to the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal.
Fr. has recently become a regular writer for the Catholic
Standard and & Times, and could be heard saying Mass on Holy
Spirit Radio, 6ABC and being interviewed on His Sign Radio. Fr. Shea is
a 2005 Life Achievement Award recipient of the Right to Life of
Michigan and the current Associate Director of The Central Association
of the Miraculous Medal.
In 2005, Fr. Shea received the Life Achievement Award from the right
Life of Michigan. He also promoted devotion to Mary by having a
life-sized statue to Mary's apparition to St. Catherine Laboure
sculpted and erected on the grounds of St. Lazare Retreat House. Bishop
Walter Hurley, the bishop of Grand Rapids, dedicated the statue on July
Fr. Shea will be responsible for promoting Our Lady of the Miraculous
Medal & and Mary's Miraculous Medal Family (the largest prayer
apostolate in the world) throughout the United States. Fr. Shea is
available to come to archdioceses, dioceses, parishes, Schools, Nursing
facilities, other religious organizations to speak on the Special
Devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and the Miraculous Medal
If you would like Fr. Shea to come to speak to your Parish or Group,
please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 800-523-3674 Click
Here to listen to an Interview by Fr. Shea with Kathleen
McCarthy at INHISSIGN Radio, on March 22, 2011
FRANCIS SIROLLI, OSA
Rev. Frank Sirolli was ordained on
November 5, 1965 while in his last year of studies at the Augustinian
Theological College. After graduation, he taught for eight
years while pursuing his interest in parochial ministry.
Additionally, Rev. Frank was a pastor at three different parishes and
earned two Master’s degrees—one in Religious Education and one in
English Literature. He took courses and training in spiritual
direction and group dynamics, including a one hundred day program of
study and direction at Sangre de Christo Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Rev. Frank is currently an Augustinian
priest stationed part-time at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Bryn
Mawr, Pa. While there, he pursues a full-time ministry and
deeper immersion of preaching. His ministry includes parish
missions, retreats (religious and lay), Forty Hours, Adult Faith
Development and related matters.
CHARLIE SMIECH, OFM
My name is Father Charlie Smiech and I am a
Franciscan Friar of St. John the Baptist Province. As an International
Retreat Director and Spiritual Advisor, I am honored to serve our
religious communities, priests, deacons and the people of God.
Preaching the love of God, exploring the Sacred Scripture and being
nourished by the sacraments, brings me great joy and I have a burning
desire to share these precious gifts with you! After looking at my
website, it is my hope that I may be of service to you! Together may we
be faithful to the Gospel and May the Lord grant you peace and
Father Herb Sperger, who has served the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia since his ordination in 1979, started at
Malvern Retreat as Rector, pro tem, in 2011 while he continues
a period of discernment with the Norbertine Order at the Daylesford
Abbey. Previously, he served as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas parish in
South Philadelphia and has extensive experience in adult faith
formation in both English and Spanish.
Father Sperger also served as pastor of St. Michael and Immaculate
Conception, twinned parishes in Philadelphia and worked in the Hispanic
Apostolate (1985-2006) while teaching for four years at Bishop
Shanahan, Cardinal Dougherty and Roman Catholic High Schools.
He has been an adjunct personal spiritual director at St Charles
Borromeo Seminary and a visiting retreat director at the Jesuit Center
for Spiritual Growth, the IHM Sisters’ Villa Maria by the Sea, and
A graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School in suburban
Philadelphia in 1971, he
graduated with a Masters in Divinity from St Charles Borromeo Seminary
St. Thomas the Apostle Church 610-459-2224 I
was born and raised in Delaware County where I attended St. Charles,
St. Francis of Assisi and Cardinal O?Hara schools. My undergraduate
degree is in Journalism and Advertising from Temple University. While
at Temple, my vocation was still hidden from me. My awakening came
through family prayer, the Blessed Mother and a few holy priests.
I was ordained a priest in 1998 and spent my
first seven years of priesthood in the great Northeast. I was happy to
be sent back to Delaware County where I now serve the good people of
St. Thomas the Apostle in Glen Mills.
My father took me to Malvern with him while
I was a teenager. I enjoyed many retreats at there over the years and
Malvern has a special place in my heart. I look forward to journeying
PABLO STRAUB, CSsR
Fr. Pablo Straub is a missionary priest of
St. Alphonsus’ Redemptorist order. Ordained in the Hudson
Valley in 1958 he then spent twenty years evangelizing literally every
city, town and village in Puerto Rico. Father Pablo has lived
these last 18 years in rural Mexico, where he is helping to establish
two new Religious Orders, one for men and one for women. Both orders
are contemplative and missionary.
In the United States, Mexico and Guatemala,
Father Pablo directs mission retreats and Marian Eucharistic
Father is bilingual, and even when speaking
Spanish, his mother’s Irish humor comes through.
FRANK SUTMAN, OP
St. Stephen Priory, 130 N. 5th Street,
Zanesville, OH 43701-3583
508-785-0123 X 159
is currently the Director of
Preaching for the Dominican Eastern Province (New
York). He is a very active itinerant preacher conducting
parish missions, and member of the retreat staff at the St. Stephen
Spiritual Center in Dover, Massachusetts. Fr. Frank has a
B.S. in Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. an M.Ed.
in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati, and STB./M Div.
from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1985, he has served as a hospital
chaplain, parochial assistant, college administrator, Chairman of the
Religious Education Commission for European Russia, religious superior,
and a professor of preaching in Catholic seminaries in Kenya, East
Africa and Russia.
EDMUND SYLVIA, CSC
Fr. Edmund Sylvia, CSC, is a member of the
Eastern Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Ordained in 1977,
Fr. Sylvia has served in North Eastern Massachusetts, Baltimore,
Maryland, Steubenville, Ohio and Clearwater, Florida. Besides his
priestly duties, he is involved in retreat work, teaching and is
co-host of The Abundant Life television program and
the Women of Grace
Live radio program. Fr. Sylvia is the oldest of eight
children and his
father still resides in the family home in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
He is Theological Advisor and Chaplain to Living His Life Abundantly®
International, Inc. and all its productions and to Women of Grace®.
TERRENCE TOLAND, SJ
A Jesuit since 1939 and a priest since
1952. Fr. Toland received a doctorate in Theology from the
Gregorian University in Rome in 1956. He has spent most of
his life since then as a Theology teacher and Educational Administrator.
From 1958 to 1966 he was Prefect of Studies
and Dean of the Theology faculty of Woodstock College in Maryland, a
Jesuit Theological seminary.
He was President of St. Joseph’s University
in Philadelphia 1968-76 and lecturer and campus minister at Loyola
College in Baltimore 1976-81.
He was Provincial Assistant for higher
education of the Jesuit?s Maryland Province 1981-89, overseeing Jesuit
colleges or universities in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia and
in Scranton, PA. and Wheeling, W.Va.
Last school year he was interim Vice
President for academic affairs and Dean of Carroll College in Helena,
Mont. Before that he was Director of the Jesuit Retreat
Center, Manresa on Severn in Annapolis, MD., and Jesuit community
administrator at St. Joseph’s University and at Loyola College.
MICHAEL V. TUETH, SJ
Rev. Michael V.
Tueth, SJ is currently an associate professor in the Department of
Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City,
where he teaches film and television studies. He was born in St. Louis,
Missouri, where he attended Chaminade College Preparatory After high
school graduation; he began his training in the Jesuit order and earned
his undergraduate degree in philosophy and Master of Arts degree in
English from Saint Louis University. He taught English and
Latin at Regis High School in Denver, Colorado, where he also coached
speech and debate. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1971, and spent
the following year as the Jesuit Superior of North House, an inner-city
tutoring center for inner-city high school students, where he directed
the theater program. He then studied at New York University, acquiring
a doctorate in American Studies in 1977.
Over the years,
Father Tueth has conducted over 100 retreats and workshops at colleges,
parishes, and retreat centers throughout the United States and Canada,
mostly at Jesuit retreat houses and Cenacle retreat centers. From 1987
to 1994 he served as Executive Director of the Sacred Heart Program,
the international Jesuit radio and television apostolate located in St.
Louis. During that time he also was the director and host for the
program’s nationally syndicated television show, the Jesuit Journal, as
well as producer and director of several non-broadcast videotaped
productions. He appeared as the host of the popular catechetical
videotape series, What Catholics Believe, produced and distributed by
Father Tueth taught
for ten years on the faculty of Regis University in Denver and has also
taught at Loyola University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Santa
Clara University, and the University of Maryland. He currently serves
on the Board of Trustees of Loyola University of Chicago and Loyola
Productions, the Jesuit media production center at Loyola-Marymount
University in Los Angeles. He has provided many theater and
book reviews for America magazine, the Jesuit journal of opinion, and
he has published several articles on the mass media. He has always
enjoyed the opportunity to conduct retreats and conferences along with
his teaching and other academic activities.
EMMERICH VOGT, OP
Rev. Emmerich Vogt, OP
5877 Birch Court
Oakland, CA 94618
Fr. Emmerich is a priest of the Holy
Name Province of the Dominican Order and is currently ministering with
For the past
twenty-nine years he has been involved in giving retreats to Mother
Teresa’s Priests and Sisters in Mexico, Poland, Guatemala, Calcutta,
and Africa. Former pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Portland, Oregon, he
currently resides in Oakland, CA.
CHRISTOPHER M. WALSH
Father Walsh graduated from Temple
University with a BA in Sociology. He worked at the Devereaux
Foundation’s Brandywine Treatment Center, supervising a program for
conduct disordered adolescent males and served on their Behavior
Management Team. During this time he was actively involved in Youth
Ministry at St. Joseph Church in Downingtown.
Two years later he entered St. Charles
Borromeo Seminary. His first assignment was Our Lady of
Ransom parish where he worked to develop the liturgical and devotional
life of the parish. He was recently assigned to Archbishop
Wood HS as School Minister.
He has given days of recollection and
retreats at the parish level and preached retreats to priests and
religious. He received training in the Spiritual Exercises of
St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Jesuit Center at Wernersville.
DENNIS WEBER, SC
Fr. Dennis M. Weber, S.C. is a priest of the
Servants of Charity, a congregation founded by Blessed Louis Guanella,
who assists in the pastoral care, administration and program
development and implementation of Don Guanella Village and of the
Mental Retardation Services Division of Catholic Social Services. Fr.
Dennis has been involved at Don Guanella Village as a lay employee, a
seminarian and priest since 1989 and has resided at Don Guanella
Village since 1992. Don Guanella Village and the Mental Retardation
Services Division of Catholic Social Services offers residential,
community and day program services to persons with mental retardation.
Fr. Dennis is the second of ten children of
the late Francis and Elizabeth Weber and was born in S. Philadelphia
and lived his formative years in St. Joseph’s Parish in Collingdale,
PA. He is a 1972 graduate of Monsignor Bonner H.S., a 1976 graduate of
Villanova University and a 1997 graduate of St. Charles Seminary and
Widener University. Prior to entering St. Charles Seminary in September
of 1990, Fr. Dennis enjoyed a 12 year career with Beneficial
Corporation, a financial services company. Fr. Dennis was ordained to
the priesthood by Bishop Edward Cullen, at St. Joseph’s Church in
Collingdale, on November 22, 1997. Along with his current
responsibilities at Don Guanella Village and the Mental Retardation
Services Division, Fr. Dennis is a member of the governing council for
the Immaculate Conception Vice-Province of the Servants of Charity and
a part-time pastoral associate with Priests for Life.
DENIS G. WILDE, OSA
REV. DENIS G. WILDE,
O.S.A. is a member of the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of
Villanova, was associate professor of music at Villanova University
from 1977 to 1998, before he joined Priests for Life. A
Long Island native, Fr. Wilde is a professional pianist and presents
piano recitals around the country in conjunction with pro-life
ministry. Father Wilde received his Ph.D. in music from The Catholic
University of America (1984) and had been professionally engaged as
choral director at Villanova and as guest conductor in five continents.
Father feels a unique interest in relating music and pro-life ministry
much as the heart is moved through beauty in life. Fr. Denis has been
actively involved in pro-life concerns since before Roe v. Wade. In the
to the "rescue" movement and thereby developed ecumenical ties from the
expression of common faith in God as the Author of Life. Beyond
preaching and teaching on campus he has now traveled to over 450 venues
in 43 states delivering the Gospel of Life and supporting the local
pro-life efforts of clergy and laity. Fr. Denis writes: "There is sadly
no more dangerous place to live than the womb. This bizarre
situation of a
culture of death propped up by law and camouflaged as medicine
perpetuates a lie of a colossal order. Its consequence is a dead end
street to baby, mother and civilization. "Our days, seen against this
backdrop, can be foreboding. But they can also serve as a national and
church wake-up call to act on the promise God has given us all - to
thwart evil and reclaim His Victory over death. A priest therefore
needs to be at the front, side by side and supporting his flock in this
battle for life. Ours is not an option to wait for someone
else to come along. What a joy it is to know that
God is in charge and will not fail to lead us forward to end this
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Fr. Wilson is a Legionary of Christ Priest
Ordained 2002 in Rome by Archbishop Leonardo
Sandri - Substitute Secretary of Vatican State
12 yrs formation (7 of which in Rome)
Stationed in Rome & Florence -
Italy; Cracow - Poland; Aachen & Ingolstadt - Germany; and
present assignment in Philadelphia.
Degrees: BA liberal arts - Univ. of Dallas,
Pontifical Univ. Regina Apostolorum: BA Philosophy, Licentiate
Philosophy, MDiv. Theology.
Current assignment: Director for
Regnum Christi Movement youth section and Vocations.
SISTER ANNE WINKELMANN
Anne Winkelmann: Chief Clinical Officer; SODAT
of New Jersey Inc.
LCADC, NCACII, CCS, CCJS, and CMS, has over 25 years of clinical
experience in the addiction field. Licenses Clinical Alcohol
and Drug Counselor. She has opened and supervised various inpatient and
outpatient programs in New Jersey.
Member of the congregation assistance core
team for the Diocese of Camden. For the past 25 years, she has been a
retreat leader for recovering men and women, ACOA's and couples in the
states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Connecticut,
Delaware, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, Vermont and Florida.
Experienced with children of alcoholics, adolescents, women, victims of
incest and co-dependency.
She is a
consultant for St. Mary's Parish in Williamstown, New Jersey. She has
given many lectures for the local community schools, organizations,
United Way and has a hot line to direct those needing help in the
parish. In 2006, she received The Prodigal House Foundation Service
Award in recognition of her Spirit of Generosity in giving of her time
to all who suffer from addictions. Also in 2006, the Addiction
Treatment Providers of
New Jersey awarded her the Denis Mansmen Award for her dedication to
the addiction field.
Effective July 2, 2012 Fr. Zlock officially
began his new assignment at Malvern. He will provide guidance on
spiritual reflection at daily, weekly and weekend retreats; organize a
national pool of retreat directors to lead men, women, teens and others
in a variety of retreats; develop new programs; and offer sacramental
Since 1994, Fr. Zlock has served as a priest, pastor, teacher, school
minister and administrator in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He is
blessed with many spiritual and leadership attributes, and has
strengthened and inspired spiritual connections with Catholics of all
ages through traditional and social media outreach.
At Malvern, Fr. Zlock will continue ministering to people in person and
through his online presence on Malvern’s website, Facebook and Twitter
He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained with a
Masters in Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology.
Over the last two decades, he has acquired valuable knowledge and
experience in both ministry and education in parishes and schools
throughout the region.
His assignments included Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster;
Neumann-Goretti High School in South Philadelphia; St. Agatha/St. James
Parish in University City; St. Augustine/Our Mother of Sorrows in
Bridgeport; St. Ignatius of Antioch in Yardley; St. Martin of Tours in
Oxford Circle; and Newman Center at the University of Penn.
While a member of the Office for Clergy, Fr Zlock was responsible for
ongoing formation of priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia -
organizing retreats, continuing education and training, some of which
took place at Malvern. He has spent his last three years in ministry at
St. Lucy’s and St. Mary of the Assumption parishes in Manayunk.