The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, in partnership with OSV, is proud to announce, Magnify! This 4-month event will explore the Directory for Catechesis and assist catechists in finding practical ways to apply the document in their ministry setting. 

 

All content will remain available

until September 1, 2021. 

 

 

Magnify is a series of virtual events over a 4-month span that will introduce participants to the new Directory for Catechesis and explore each of the chapters in depth. Magnify begins with a 2-day virtual event September 18th and 19th. Magnify continues with 1-day virtual events in the months of October, November, and December. Each of these events will offer:

  • Keynotes from leading experts in the field.
  • Workshops that break open each section and chapter of the Directory for Catechesis and provide tools for practical application of those insights.
  • Resources that focus on different methodological approaches that can be applied to a variety of ministry settings (ie: parish or diocesan work, virtual or in-person gatherings).
  •  Opportunities for dialogue with presenters and other participants. This will include ways to gather in peer groups that align with your ministerial role or area of focus.
  • Opportunities for prayer, including a Rite of Commissioning for Catechists (during the September gathering).

 

2-Day Event

Saturday, September 19th

NCCL Membership Meeting Process
paid
2:00pm (EDT)
Introduction to the Process

Examine the Meitler final report and learn more about the proposed vision for our organization.

Denise Utter

Chair of the In Word and Witness Board of Directors

Introduction to the Process

You are now entering into a unique NCCL membership experience. You are most welcome to become a member and join us! Membership registration is available here: https://inwordandwitness.org/membership/ 
paid
2:00pm (EDT)
NCCL Financial Story

This report will take a look at the financial standings of our organization.

John Gaffney

Treasurer, In Word and Witness Board of Directors

NCCL Financial Story

You are now entering into a unique NCCL membership experience. You are most welcome to become a member and join us! Membership registration is available here: https://inwordandwitness.org/membership/ 
paid
2:00pm (EDT)
Organization Identity

Learn about the proposed vision, mission, and brand identity for our organization.

Victoria Radleigh Smith

Director of Mission Integration

Organization Identity

You are now entering into a unique NCCL membership experience. You are most welcome to become a member and join us! Membership registration is available here: https://inwordandwitness.org/membership/ 
paid
2:00pm (EDT)
Organization Structure

Come hear how you can share in the mission of our organization.

Margaret Matijasevic

Executive Director

Organization Structure

You are now entering into a unique NCCL membership experience. You are most welcome to become a member and join us! Membership registration is available here: https://inwordandwitness.org/membership/ 

1-Day Events

Wednesday, October 7th

Exploring Chapters 1-4
paid
9:00am (EDT)
Quenching Others’ Thirst: Evangelization and the Transmission of Faith

Explanation of sections 3-4 of the Chapter 1.

Becky Eldredge

Writer and Spiritual Director

Quenching Others’ Thirst: Evangelization and the Transmission of Faith

paid
9:00am (EDT)
Goals, Tasks, and Sources of Catechesis

Learn more about the Goals, Tasks, and Sources of Catechesis

Fr. David Loftus

Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Northridge

Goals, Tasks, and Sources of Catechesis

paid
9:00am (EDT)
Catechists – The “Saints Next door”

A look at Chapter 3: The Catechist

David Wells

Author, Speaker, Educator

Catechists - The "Saints Next door"

paid
9:00am (EDT)
The Priest: Animator in Chief

Fr. Parker Sandoval will reflect on the role of the priest in the transmission of the faith.

Fr. Parker Sandoval

Vice Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

The Priest: Animator in Chief

paid
9:00am (EDT)
Reflection: Role of the Deacon

Deacon Art Miller will reflect on the role of the Deacon in the transmission of the faith.

Deacon Arthur Miller

Deacon, Author, Radio Host and Retired Businessman

Reflection: Role of the Deacon

paid
9:00am (EDT)
Consecrated Life: Making Visible the Marvels Worked by God

Sr. Rosalia Meza will reflect upon the role of consecrated people in the transmission of the faith.

Sr. Rosalia Meza, VDMF

Senior Director of the Office of Religious Education

Consecrated Life: Making Visible the Marvels Worked by God

paid
9:00am (EDT)
Affirming and Extending Women’s Call to Catechize

Jessica will reflect on the distinct role of women in the transmission of the faith.

Jessica Coblentz, PhD

Theologian, Professor of Religious Studies and Theology

Affirming and Extending Women’s Call to Catechize

paid
9:00am (EDT)
The Formation of Catechists in Christian Community

This workshop will look at Chapter 4 of the Directory which explores the formation of the catechist.

Nicole M. Perone

Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation

The Formation of Catechists in Christian Community

Wednesday, November 4th

Exploring Chapters 5-8
paid
9:00am (EST)
The Languages of Catechesis: storytelling, art and digital communication

This workshop explores the section of Chapter 7 that discusses digital language, methods, and tools.

Rose Pacatte, FSP, D. Min.

Founding Director of the Pauline Center for Ministry Studies

The Languages of Catechesis: storytelling, art and digital communication

paid
9:00am (EST)
Catechesis and the Family

This workshop explores ways role of the family in the transmission of faith.

Denise Utter

Chair of the In Word and Witness Board of Directors

Catechesis and the Family

paid
9:00am (EST)
Catechesis with Children, Teens, and Young People

Hear from two young people themselves as they share their understanding of what the Directory reveals to them about our call in catechetical and evangelizing ministries. 

Bryan Villegas

Speaker, Catechist

Catechesis with Children, Teens, and Young People

Sela Pastrana

Student, Catechist

Catechesis with Children, Teens, and Young People

paid
9:00am (EST)
The Time is Now: Time to Walk the Deepened Faith Journey with Maturing Adults

This workshop will discuss the relationship between the elderly and the transmission of faith.

Janet Schaeffler, OP

Catechists, former Diocesan Director

The Time is Now: Time to Walk the Deepened Faith Journey with Maturing Adults

paid
3:00pm (EST)
Facilitated Discussion- Catechesis with Marginalized Persons

A facilitated discussion to discuss catechesis with marginalized persons.

Sr. Kathleen Bryant

Religious Sister, Retreat Director, Spiritual Director

Facilitated Discussion- Catechesis with Marginalized Persons

Wednesday, December 2nd

Exploring Chapters 9-12
paid
9:00am (EST)
Chapter 9: The Christian Community

This workshop explores the Christian community as participants in catechesis.

Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J.

Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies

Chapter 9: The Christian Community

paid
9:00am (EST)
Catechesis in Situations of Pluralism and Complexity

This workshop explores catechesis in situations of pluralism and complexity.

Ernesto Vega

Archdiocesan Coordinator of Ministry

Catechesis in Situations of Pluralism and Complexity

paid
9:00am (EST)
Catechesis in the Context of the Other

Catechesis in a Socio-Cultural Context

Dr. Carolyn Woo

Professor at Purdue and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Relief Services.

Catechesis in the Context of the Other

paid
9:00am (EST)
Catechesis at the Service of Inculturation of the Faith

Harry Dudley, D.Min.

Catechesis at the Service of Inculturation of the Faith

paid
9:00am (EST)
Collaborative Service of God’s People: The Organisms at the Service of Catechesis

This presentation will explore the organisms at the service of catechesis.

Rose M. Hernandez

Diocesan Director

Collaborative Service of God’s People: The Organisms at the Service of Catechesis

Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan

Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno

Collaborative Service of God’s People: The Organisms at the Service of Catechesis

free
9:00am (EST)
Catechesis in Cultural Context

Ken Johnson-Mondragón

Catechesis in Cultural Context

Presenters

Brenda Noriega

Mission Educator-Promoter

Brenda Noriega is a young minister committed to accompaniment and evangelization.

Bio

Brenda Noriega

Mission Educator-Promoter
Brenda Noriega is a young minister committed to accompaniment and evangelization. She has been serving God’s people and influencing her community from an early age at the parish, diocesan, regional and national level. Brenda earned a master’s degree in pastoral ministries from the University of Santa Clara. Brenda collaborates in multiple national committees representing young people including the International Youth Consultative Body for the Dicastery of Laity and Family Life in Rome and the National Advisory Board for Young Adult Ministry. In her current professional role as Mission Educator-Promoter with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Brenda forms and accompanies young people developing their leadership skills to become missionary disciples practicing their Christian values in their daily life. Brenda Noriega es una joven comprometida al acompañamiento y la evangelización de jóvenes. Brenda ha estado sirviendo al pueblo de Dios e influyendo en su comunidad desde una edad temprana a nivel parroquial, diocesano, regional y nacional. Brenda obtuvo una maestría en ministerios pastorales de la Universidad de Santa Clara. Brenda colabora en múltiples comités nacionales e internacionales como voz juvenil incluyendo  el Organismo Consultivo Internacional de la Juventud para el Dicasterio de los Laicos y la Vida Familiar en Roma y el Consejo Asesor Nacional del Ministerio de Jóvenes Adultos. En su actual rol profesional como Animadora y Promotora de Misiones con los Padres y Hermanos Maryknoll, Brenda forma y acompaña a los jóvenes a desarrollar sus habilidades de liderazgo para convertirse en discípulos misioneros practicando sus valores cristianos en su vida diaria.
Bryan Villegas

Speaker, Catechist

Bryan is a speaker, digital marketer, and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, CA

Bio

Bryan Villegas

Speaker, Catechist
Bryan Villegas is a speaker, digital marketer, and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of Crespi Carmelite High School where he was active in his parish and school community and served as a youth ministry leader at the local, regional, and national level.  Bryan was part of a small team of young adults chosen to help articulate key points the surfaced from the Synod on Youth People the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Though he is only 20, he has spoken to adult catechetical leader in a variety of settings as well as spoken at  Los Angeles Youth Day, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, and served as an Event Emcee and Game Host for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. 
Charleen Katra

Executive Director

Executive Director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.

Bio

Charleen Katra

Executive Director

Charleen Katra has extensive experience in catechesis and special education, and has authored two books, The Adaptive Teacher (published by Loyola Press) and How to Talk to Children about People with Disabilities. She previously served in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston where she was responsible for the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities for over twenty years. Charleen is recognized as a national consultant, writer and speaker on the topic of inclusion. 

 

Deacon Arthur Miller

Deacon, Author, Radio Host and Retired Businessman

Deacon Miller is an author, speaker, former radio host and retired diocesan director.

Bio

Deacon Arthur Miller

Deacon, Author, Radio Host and Retired Businessman
Deacon, author, radio and former television host, Viet Nam era veteran and veteran civil rights worker. Deacon Miller is the retired owner and president of A. Miller investments. Miller was ordained for the Archdiocese of Hartford in 2004. He recently retired as the director of of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries. Besides his assigned parish, he is the Chaplin at the Hartford’s Capital Community College and Adjunct faculty for Holy Family Retreat Center. Deacon Miller is a certified trainer in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolence philosophy as well as a Certified Spiritual Director and is a board member for the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. To this day he continues to address 21st-century examples of the societal tendency to embrace violence. Echoing the thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he believes that as part of the great human experience, no one can sit idly tolerant to the great injustices that happen anywhere in the world. “If God were to give us an 11th commandment,” Deacon Miller proposes, “I believe it would read: Thou shall not be a bystander.”
Dr. Caroline Farey

Catechists, Speaker, Teacher

Dr Caroline Farey was one of 10 people appointed in 2017 to the working party for the new Directory.

Bio

Dr. Caroline Farey

Catechists, Speaker, Teacher
Caroline FAREY, BA(Hons), MPhil(Cantab), MA, STB, PhL, STL, PhD(Lateran) Dr Caroline Farey was one of 10 people appointed in 2017 to the working party for the new Directory for Catechesis 2020. She had been responsible for catechesis at the Maryvale Institute under Dr Petroc Willey from Sept 1996 to October 2013. There an ‘Annunciation pedagogy’ was developed out of an in-depth study and application of the General Directory for Catechesis (1997) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. She trained catechists and deacons in this ‘Annunciation pedagogy’ forming a great catechetical team who put it into practise and together enabled it to be refined and developed over 20 years across the English speaking world, including the United States, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Malta, Ireland and the UK. Learning through Art and Beauty has always been a key element of her style and her catechetical use of many works of Sacred Art can be found at https://review.catechetics.com She also worked at St Mary’s Seminary, Oscott, 2001-2011, teaching Thomism, especially his Anthropology, Epistemology and Metaphysics. It was during this time that she completed her STL at Leuven, PhL at Maynooth and Pontifical Doctorate at the Lateran, Rome. In Autumn 2012 her work was recognised when she was appointed as one of 10 women (3 lay women) experts at the Synod on the New Evangelisation for the transmission of the Faith. On 11th October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 2nd Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, she received the ‘Message for Catechists’ from Pope Benedict XVI. After working in Evangelisation and Catechesis for several UK dioceses Caroline is now freelance. Her website is her latest development, enabling the Annunciation pedagogy and its beautiful Marian and grace-filled vibrancy to reach many more priests, parents and catechists in the English speaking world: https://www.theannunciation.org.uk From this website she runs an on-line catechist formation course with her colleague, Mrs Carol Anne Harnett. On this course, every Unit begins with a work of Art explained catechetically.
Dr. Carolyn Woo

Professor at Purdue and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Relief Services.

Dr. Carolyn Woo is a professor at Purdue University.

Bio

Dr. Carolyn Woo

Professor at Purdue and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Relief Services.
Dr. Carolyn Woo came from Hong Kong to enroll in Purdue University with one year of funding. The generosity of those who provided scholarships and fellowships enabled her to earn her Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. from the university. She joined the faculty at Purdue in Strategic Management after two years in industry and eventually served as Associate Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at her Alma Mater. Her service in Catholic ministries began in 1997 with the appointment as Dean of the College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. After serving for six years as a board member of Catholic Relief Services, she was recruited to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2012-2016. She was a board member of various Catholic ministries including Catholic University of America, University of Portland, University of Notre Dame Australia, Catholic Charities USA, review board of the archdiocese of Baltimore. Currently she serves on the boards of National Catholic Education Association, Our Sunday Visitor, Our Sunday Visitor Institute, Holy Cross Family Ministries, the sponsor board of Ascension Health Systems and editorial board of Give Us This Day. She met her husband Dr. David Bartkus at Purdue University and they have been married 41 years with two faith-filled sons, Ryan and Justin. Carolyn credits her early formation and an empowering education to the Maryknoll Sisters of Ossining.
Dr. Kristin Witte

Director of Outreach

Dr. Kristin Witte is the Director of Outreach for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

Bio

Dr. Kristin Witte

Director of Outreach
Dr. Kristin Witte is the Director of Outreach for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.  Dr. Witte strives to encourage fellow disciples to embrace Christ’s healing mission. She has served as a campus minister, coordinator of Pastoral Care for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Director for CRS,  parish youth minister, and Catholic school religion teacher. She has earned three master’s degrees and completed her doctorate in ministry with an emphasis in pastoral counseling from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Witte and her husband, Andy, reside in the Baltimore area with their daughter, Kyra Grace.
Dr. Mike Carotta

Author, Professor, Catechist

Mike Carotta, Ed.D. is a well known religious educator, speaker, and catechist.

Bio

Dr. Mike Carotta

Author, Professor, Catechist
Mike Carotta, Ed.D. is a well known religious educator who spent 4 years as the Director of Religious Education at Boys Town and later became the first lay person to serve as the Executive Director of the NCEA Department of Religious Education. He received the national Emmaus Award for Excellence in Catechesis in 2012 and is an adjunct in the theology department at Creighton University. His two most recent books are Teaching For Discipleship and Unexpected Occasions of Grace (OSV).
Ernesto Vega

Archdiocesan Coordinator of Ministry

Coordinator for Adult Faith Formation in Spanish for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Bio

Ernesto Vega

Archdiocesan Coordinator of Ministry

Ernesto Vega is the Coordinator for Adult Faith Formation in Spanish for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is from Jiquilpan, Michoacán, México, and immigrated at the age of 18 and immediately began working in the strawberry fields in Santa María, California. At St. John Neumann Parish, he joined the youth group –jóvenes Anawim, and the Prayer group Oasis de Amor and began to take English classes.

Ernesto then entered St. John’s diocesan seminary in Camarillo, California where he received a BA in Philosophy and a BA in Spanish literature (1996). He was also a high school teacher in Los Angeles and he studied pedagogy at CSULA. Ernesto has two masters in Marital and Family Therapy (2005) and pastoral ministry (2016) from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California

Fr. Agustino Torres

TV Host

Franciscan Friar and founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos Por la Vida.

Bio

Fr. Agustino Torres

TV Host

Originally from South Texas, Fr. Agustino Torres, C.F.R. has been working in active ministry within the Church mostly with youth, the poor and the pro-life movement. He entered the Franciscan friars of the renewal in 1999 and now serves as a member of the general counsel for his community. He studied Pope St. John Paul II’s theology of culture under Avery Cardinal Dulles and graduated from St. Joseph Seminary. He has been a part of founding various apostolates around the world, including a chapel-building project in the mountains of Central America, Catholic Underground in NYC and St. Anthony’s Shelter in the Bronx. He is the founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos Por la Vida, organizations dedicated to awakening and accompanying young leaders in areas of great need, along with Casa Guadalupe and JPII houses of discernment. He hosts the EWTN Español television show “Clic con Corazon Puro” and a new show called “ICONS.”

Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J.

Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies

r. Allan Figueroa Deck is currently Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies.

Bio

Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J.

Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies
Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck is currently Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies at Loyola Marymount University and Professor of Theological Studies. He has served in a number of academic, administrative and leadership positions. He was administrator of our Lady of Guadalupe Church in the Delhi barrio of Santa Ana, CA. and first Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Orange Diocese. He held full-time positions at Loyola Marymount University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. In 1997 founded and served as first Executive Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA. From 2008-2012 he was called to serve as first Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC. Father Deck is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, and of Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. He has authored or edited seven books and published more than 50 chapters or articles on pastoral theology, Hispanic ministry, Catholic Social Doctrine, spirituality, faith and culture. Father Deck was a co-founder and first president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) as well as of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM).
Fr. David Loftus

Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Northridge

Fr. David Loftus is a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Bio

Fr. David Loftus

Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Northridge
Fr. David Loftus, a priest of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, is a graduate of both All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland, and Boston College. Fr. Loftus currently serves as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Northridge, CA. He formerly served in the Office of Religious Education in Los Angeles and maintains membership in the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, in which he has served as Vice President. Fr. Loftus is the author of several articles for Catechetical Leader magazine and has speaking engagements nationally and internationally.
Fr. Parker Sandoval

Vice Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Fr. Parker Sandoval serves as Vice Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Bio

Fr. Parker Sandoval

Vice Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Fr. Parker Sandoval was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2015. Prior to ministry, he worked for The Walt Disney Company in retail operations and training and development. He served as Associate Pastor of Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights and then as Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, training parish catechetical leaders and overseeing programs such as the Catholic Bible Institute. His passion is the ministry of the word: preaching the Gospel and teaching the Catholic faith. Fr. Parker is the Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Senior Director of Ministerial Services.  
Fr. Thomas Ryan, CSP

Director, Priest

Tom is the Director of the Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.

Bio

Fr. Thomas Ryan, CSP

Director, Priest
Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Tom did his graduate studies in theology at the Washington (D.C.) Theological Union and the University of Geneva. He was ordained a Paulist in 1975, and served in campus ministry at the Ohio State University (Columbus) and at McGill University (Montreal, QC.), prior to directing the Montreal-based Canadian Centre for Ecumenism for 14 years and working in all ten provinces of Canada. Perceiving the need for places where Christians of different traditions could gather to share faith and life with each other as well as with members of other religions, he spearheaded the founding of Unitas in Montreal, an ecumenical center for spirituality and Christian meditation co-sponsored by eight different denominations. He served as its director for five years prior to answering the call of his community in January of 2000 to set up and develop the Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.
Harry Dudley, D.Min.

Dr. Dudley was the first Assistant Director for Certification of Ecclesial Ministry for the USCCB.

Bio

Harry Dudley, D.Min.

First recruited into the catechetical ministry by a Ukrainian Catholic priest at St. Nicholas of Myra, Ukrainian Catholic Church in Elmira, NY, Harry served as a catechist for all ages from kindergarten through the adult parish, school, special needs, and diocesan office settings. From 1990 to 2011, he was a diocesan Catechetical Leader in four different arch/dioceses and wrote the diocesan religious education curriculum for three of them. Two curricula (for Archdioceses of Indianapolis and Washington) have been adopted by other dioceses and are used around the country. He is a  facilitator for the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation since it began. Dr. Dudley was the first Assistant Director for Certification of Ecclesial Ministry for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in the Secretariat for Catholic Education, where he was staff to the Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education from 2012-2018. In NCCL, Harry served on the board of trustees for nine years and was involved in the representative council and several committees. Currently, he is a member of the National Association for Lay Ministry’s (NALM) Advocacy Committee and the Executive and Formation committees of the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition (www.catholicprisonministsries.org. ) Upon retiring in 2018 from the USCCB, he and his wife, Patricia, inspired by Pope Francis’ call of all Catholics to “accompaniment,” created Ambulans Vobiscum Consulting, LLC to focus on helping non-profits and churches develop curriculum, leaders, and formation for service. Harry has a BA in philosophy, with a minor in social sciences, from SUNY at Stony Brook, NY, an STB (systematic theology) from the Catholic University of America, and a D. Min. with a focus on religious education from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana. His doctoral project focused on the Spiritual Life of Children and Consequences for Those Who Form Them.  
Janet Schaeffler, OP

Catechists, former Diocesan Director

Janet Schaeffler, OP continues the ministry she was involved in for years in parishes and Dioceses.

Bio

Janet Schaeffler, OP

Catechists, former Diocesan Director
Janet Schaeffler, OP continues the ministry she was involved in for many years in parishes and as Director for Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit, as she:
  • leads days of reflection/retreats, parish missions, and workshops/presentations
  •  facilitates gatherings and retreats for communities of women religious
  •  facilitates online courses for the University of Dayton, Boston College, and Vibrant Faith Catalyst
  • serves as a pastoral services team member for RENEW International
Janet created and publishes GEMS: a monthly newsletter from an ongoing international best practices study on adult faith formation.
  •  Miracles Abound – Daily Reflections, Practices and Prayers Reflections for Advent 2020
  • Let This Be the Time: Spiritual Essentials for Life’s Second Act * Refresh Your Faith: The Vocation of the Catechist (book to accompany the new Directory for Catechesis)
  •  Present-Moment Prayers for Catechists
  • We Gather Together – A Family Retreat with Activities to Prepare for First Eucharist
  • The Catechist’s Guide to Catholic Prayers • Deepening Faith: Adult Faith Formation in the Parish
  • The Creed: Understanding and Sharing What We Believe • The Spirituality of the Catechist • Teaching Kids to Care
  •  Marian Prayers from our Tradition • Hope: Scripture Reflections and Conversations
  • How to Talk to Children about Jesus • Activities for What Makes Us Catholic and a contributor to The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation.
Janet was one of the 4-member team who wrote the Leader's Guide to accompany the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us. Janet has been an elected officer of the Executive Committee of NCCL, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. In April 2010 Janet received the Distinguished Service Award in Catechetics from NCCL. Janet has been named as one of the people who have made a "significant contribution" to the field of Christian religious education in the North American context by the "Christian Educators of the 20th Century Project,” Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA (http://www.talbot.edu/ce20/educators/)
Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy

Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation

Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy serves the Diocese of Honolulu as Director of Religious Education.

Bio

Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy

Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation
Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy has served the Diocese of Honolulu as director for the Office of Religious Education and Faith Formation since 2005. She holds an M.A. in pastoral leadership from Chaminade University of Honolulu and served as Dean of curriculum and instruction in the Hawaii Catholic Schools prior to her appointment to the diocese. Notable under Jayne’s diocesan leadership are a series of locally-produced and award-winning videos on the sacraments, revised curriculum guidelines for teaching religion, and guiding catechetical leaders through her diocese's transition to restored order. She is a national speaker, consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee for Asian and Pacific Island Affairs (SCAPA), and past treasurer and vice-president for the National Conference for Catechetical Leaders (NCCL). Jayne is the author of "Cultivating Your Catechists: How to Recruit, Encourage and Retain Successful Catechists" (Loyola Press) and a soon to be published book on restored order (Twenty-Third Publications).
Jessica Coblentz, PhD

Theologian, Professor of Religious Studies and Theology

Jessica Coblentz, PhD is a Catholic systematic theologian and Assistant Professor.

Bio

Jessica Coblentz, PhD

Theologian, Professor of Religious Studies and Theology
Jessica Coblentz, PhD is a Catholic systematic theologian and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies & Theology at Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN), a Catholic women’s college. To her work as a theologian, Coblentz brings years of professional experience in Roman Catholic national and diocesan religious education, parish young adult ministry, and college campus ministry. Her popular and pastoral writing can be found in the Give Us This Day, GIA Quarterly, and the National Catholic Reporter, and her first book, Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Depression, is forthcoming from Liturgical Press.
John Roberto

Speaker, Catechist

John has dedicated his life to faith formation as a teacher, writer, and program developer.

Bio

John Roberto

Speaker, Catechist
John Roberto has spent a lifetime working in Catholic faith formation—teaching, writing, researching, consulting, and developing program resources. He founded LifelongFaith Associates, LLC in 2006 to continue his work. He has served on the leadership team of Vibrant Faith Ministries, and continue to work as an adjunct staff member. John is also the founder of the Center for Ministry Development (1978) where he worked for 28 years. His latest publications include Faith Formation with a New Generation (2018), Families at the Center of Faith Formation (2016), Seasons of Adult Faith Formation (2015), Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century (2015), Generations Together (2014), and Faith Formation 2020 (2010). He was the creator and project coordinator of the Generations of Faith Project, a five-year Lilly Endowment funded project (2001-2006) to develop intergenerational faith formation in Catholic parishes across the United States. John has a master’s degree in religious education from Fordham University and graduate studies in sociology at Catholic University.
Ken Johnson-Mondragón

Since 2017, Ken has been overseeing the research and reporting aspects of the V Encuentro.

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Ken Johnson-Mondragón

A native of New Mexico, Ken Johnson-Mondragón has more than 19 years of experience doing socioreligious research on the Hispanic/Latino community in the United States. Since 2017, he has been overseeing the research and reporting aspects of the V Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry consultation for the USCCB.
Merrick Siebenaler

Director of Development and Strategic Communications

Merrick is the Director of Development & Strategic Communications at St. Monica's Catholic Community

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Merrick Siebenaler

Director of Development and Strategic Communications
Merrick Siebenaler is the Executive Director of Development and Strategic Communications at St. Monica's Catholic Community in Santa Monica, CA. He has served as an Instructor for Parish Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University. Merrick has an extensive background in Church ministry and has assisted in a variety capacities as a speaker, event coordinator, liturgist, consultant, and catechist.

Mike Patin

Professional Speaker

Professional speaker and “faith horticulturist.”

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Mike Patin

Professional Speaker

Mike Patin, “the Engagin’ Cajun”, is from Louisiana. He has spent over 30 years serving the church as a high school teacher, coach, diocesan staff person, and youth minister. Since 2003, he has been a full time “faith horticulturist” -- speaking across North America to young people and adults on connecting Catholic faith to everyday living, and living life faithfully and joyfully. When Mike is asked how he likes to be introduced, his response is “as a man of hope and a struggling disciple of the Risen Jesus.”

 

 

Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan

Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno

The Most Reverend Joseph V. Brenan is the Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno.

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Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan

Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno
The Most Reverend Joseph V. Brenan has served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno since May of 2019. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1980, with a Master of Divinity Theology, and ordained Bishop in July 2015. He served as Episcopal Bishop for the San Fernando Region. Bishop Joe is a musician and a pastoral servant of God.
Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez

Archbishop of Philadelphia

Archbishop Nelson J. Perez is the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

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Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez

Archbishop of Philadelphia
Nelson J. Pérez was born in Miami, Florida, on June 16, 1961 to David and Emma Pérez and is the brother of the late Dr. David Pérez and Louis Martin Pérez. He was raised in West New York, NJ. Archbishop Pérez earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University in 1983. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he earned Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology degrees in 1988 and 1989, respectively. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on May 20, 1989.  Father Pérez’s first assignment after ordination to the priesthood was as parochial vicar of Saint Ambrose Parish, Philadelphia (1989-1993). He also served as assistant director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics (1990-1993), founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization (1993-2002), Pastor of Saint William Parish, Philadelphia (2002-2009), and Pastor of Saint Agnes Parish, West Chester, PA (2009-2012). His work in education included teaching courses in psychology and religious studies at LaSalle University, Philadelphia (1994-2008). Father Pérez also taught Developmental Psychology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (Fall, 2011), in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  In 1998, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, with the title of Monsignor. In 2009, he was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Reverend Monsignor Nelson J. Pérez Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York on June 8, 2012.  He was ordained a Bishop on July 25, 2012 in Saint Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, NY by Bishop William F. Murphy. As Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, Bishop Pérez served as Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate, representing the Diocesan Ordinary and overseeing sixty-six parishes.  He served as the Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic Ministry, overseeing fifty-four parishes with pastoral ministry to Hispanics as well as Formation Programs and Ecclesial Movements. In addition, he served as a member of the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Priest Personnel Board, Presbyteral Council, corporate member of Catholic Health Services; vice-chair of Catholic Charities Board of Directors and member of its Executive and Governance Committees, member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, chair of the Diocesan V Encuentro Planning Committee, chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for Hispanic Ministry, and was formerly a member of the Diocese’s Catholic Faith TV Network board. Bishop Pérez was appointed by Pope Francis as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland on July 11, 2017.  He was installed at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist on September 5, 2017. As a part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Pérez serves as chair of the Bishops’ Standing Committee on Cultural Diversity, former chair of the Bishops’ Sub-Committee for Hispanic Affairs, served as the lead Bishop for the V Encuentro process for the USCCB, and is a former member of the Bishops’ Sub-Committee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Archbishop Pérez currently serves as a member of the Administrative and the Religious Liberty Committees for the USCCB. In November, 2018, Bishop Pérez began a three-year term as the bishop liaison for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). On January 23, 2020 Pope Francis appointed him the 14th Bishop and 10th Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. A kind, joyous, and hard-working person, Archbishop Pérez enriches those ministries and people entrusted to his care.   Rooted in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Archbishop Pérez’s pastoral vision can be summarized as: “Church on Mission: Proactive, Involved, Supportive, Fruitful, and Joyful” (The Joy of the Gospel, # 24, Pope Francis)  
Nick Wagner

TEAM RCIA

Nick Wagner is the cofounder and codirector of TeamRCIA.com

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Nick Wagner

TEAM RCIA
Nick Wagner is the cofounder and codirector of TeamRCIA.com. He has a gift for translating theological principles into simple and clear language that inspires joy, commitment, and passion for faith. With more than 40 years of experience, he has become a leading voice and trainer in Catholic liturgical and catechetical ministries. He has worked in campus, parish, and diocesan positions, as well as in religious publishing, and he holds a master’s degree from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. Nick is the author of many publications including Field Hospital Catechesis: The Core Content for RCIA Formation; Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples; and The Way of Faith: A Field Guide for the RCIA Process.
Nicole M. Perone

Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation

Nicole is the Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford.

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Nicole M. Perone

Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation
Nicole M. Perone is the Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford. As such, her ministry includes providing support for RCIA and Adult Confirmation processes, forming lay leaders for parish ministry, and directing the Archdiocesan Women’s Conference. Nicole holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University. Her Bachelor of Arts in Theology with double minors in Italian and Catholic Studies was bestowed by Loyola University Maryland, where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. In 2018, Nicole was a delegate to the Pre-Synod at the Vatican in advance of the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, and served on the writing committee for the Pre-Synodal document. She speaks and writes nationally on the roles of young people and women in the Church. Her work has been published by Catholic News Service, America Media, The Jesuit Post, and US Catholic. Nicole is a member of the board of directors of the All Africa Conference: Sister to Sister and on the executive committee for the ESTEEM program of the Leadership Roundtable. She is the vice chair of Governance and Finance for the exploratory task force for the National Institute for Ministry with Young Adults , and the National Advisory Council for the NeXt Level initiative of the Center for FaithJustice.
Petroc Willey

Professor of Theology

Dr. Willey is the Director of the Catechetics Program at Franciscan University.

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Petroc Willey

Professor of Theology
Dr Petroc Willey is married to Katherine and has four children – Charis, Benedict, Nicholas and David and one grandchild. Originally from England, he now lives in Steubenville, Ohio, where he is a Professor of Theology and the Director of the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University. He deeply appreciates being here in the United States, even though he and his wife still miss English tea! Petroc has worked in Catholic education, in Oxford and in Birmingham, for more than thirty years, in seminary and lay institutions, and in both traditional and distance education. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI a Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.
Rev. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale

President of LaRED

Rev. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale is a diocesan priest for the Archdiocese of Boston.

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Rev. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale

President of LaRED
Rev. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale is a diocesan priest from Archdiocese of Caracas, Venezuela, ordained in Dec 07th, 1991. He has ministered in the Archdiocese of Boston since April 2017 and he is parochial administrator of St. Benedict, in Somerville. After almost ten years ministering in Venezuela, he was sent by his bishops, Cardinal Velasco and Cardinal Urosa to complete his studies. He has two masters: in Catechesis from Catholic University, Paris-France (Institut Catholique de Paris), and in  Pastoral Juvenil -Youth and Young Adult Ministry (Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Quito). He is a doctorate candidate at Université Laval, Doctoral Ministry in Practical Theology (thesis in preparation), In between 2004 – March 2017, he worked with RENEW International under an agreement between Archdiocese of Caracas and Archdiocese of Newark. He served as Director of Hispanic Services and belonged to the RENEW International Team. He continues to collaborate with RENEW as Director for América Latina, supervising RENEW‘s effort in South America. He also continues a full collaboration with Latin American Bishops Council, CELAM (as consultant). He is the coauthor of a book named “Youth people in front of solidarity issues”, printed by the CELAM (Latin American Bishops Conference). Since 2011, he belongs to SCALA (Sociedad de catequestas latinoamericanos), Latin America Catechetical Society, representing USA (he currently serves as a treasurer). He currently serves as president of La RED, National Network of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana since 2013, and collaborates with Instituto Fe y Vida as member of the pastoral team since 2007. Because his involvement with Pastoral Juvenil at national level, he is part of the VELT, V Encuentro Leadership Team.
Robert and Anitra Gil

Parents and Catechists

Robert and Anitra Gil live in Los Angeles with their 6 children.

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Robert and Anitra Gil

Parents and Catechists
Robert and Anitra Gil live in Los Angeles, California where they raise their 6 children: Krystal, Mia, Christopher, Sophia, Gianna, and John Paul. Their oldest daughter was married this year, whereas their youngest is 6 years old. As a family, they serve the Church in a variety of ministry roles assisting with youth events, NET retreats, Confirmation programs, Early Childhood sessions, Family Ministry, and Hospitality Ministry. Anitra serves as the Directory of Family Ministry at Sacred Heart parish in Covina. Robert Gil is a Wealth Management Banker.
Rose M. Hernandez

Diocesan Director

Rose M. Hernandez is the Director of Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Fresno.

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Rose M. Hernandez

Diocesan Director
Rose M. Hernandez is the Director of Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Fresno. She is originally from East Los Angeles and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Ancient Greek and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies, both from Loyola Marymount University. Rosie was a Catholic School teacher, catechist, and was commissioned as a Pastoral Associate in 2003 in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, before moving to Fresno in 2013. As a musician, her favorite areas of ministry are liturgy and initiation, and has given workshops and facilitated retreats in many areas of pastoral ministry.
Rose Pacatte, FSP, D. Min.

Founding Director of the Pauline Center for Ministry Studies

Sr. Rose is the founding Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies.

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Rose Pacatte, FSP, D. Min.

Founding Director of the Pauline Center for Ministry Studies
Pauline sister Rose Pacatte is the founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA. She is a media literacy education in catechesis specialist and an award-winning author and film critic writing for St. Anthony Messenger and the National Catholic Reporter. She has written or co-written 13 books including biographies of Martin Sheen and Corita Kent. Rose has been an online facilitator for the University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) for 20 years.  
Sela Pastrana

Student, Catechist

Sela is a third year student at Cal State Fullerton as well as a catechist, lector, and minister

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Sela Pastrana

Student, Catechist
Sela Pastrana is a third year student at California State University, Fullerton where she is majoring in Sociology. Sela has been active in the field of evangelization and catechesis since she first began preparation for her Confirmation back in 2014. She currently serves at her home parish, Sacred Heart in Covina, CA, as a catechist, lector, and Eucharistic minister. From 2017-2018 Sela served on the Youth Day Coordinating Team for Los Angeles Youth Day. There she took on leadership roles including serving as an emcee in the arena and performing her own Spoken Word. In 2019 Sela was invited to take part in a youth led discussion panel at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress which focused on the recent Synod and practical ways that young people could be more actively engaged in the life of the Church. Since then she has spoken to regional and national audiences on similar topics. Sela is a member of CSUF's Division 1 Track and Field team, competing in long and triple jump. She contributed to the women's first victory of the Big West Conference in school history. Sela currently lives in Covina, California with her family.
Sr. Johanna Paruch

Professor

Member of the Sisters of St. Francis, and proficient in ASL. Earned Pontifical Catechetical Diploma.

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Sr. Johanna Paruch

Professor

Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. Sr. Johanna earned an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England.

Sr. Johanna has been involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level. She began her catechetical apostolate as a 7th and 8th grade classroom teacher. In addition to teaching all subjects including religion, she organized a group of interested students into “Harmony.” This group of hearing-impaired junior high school students performed both popular and religious songs in American Sign Language.

 

Sr. Kathleen Bryant

Religious Sister, Retreat Director, Spiritual Director

Sr. Kathleen Bryant serves on the General Leadership Team for the Religious Sisters of Charity.

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Sr. Kathleen Bryant

Religious Sister, Retreat Director, Spiritual Director
Sr. Kathleen Bryant currently serves on the General Leadership Team for the Religious Sisters of Charity and lives in Ireland. Sr. Kathleen has ministered in the field of spirituality as a facilitator, retreat director, spiritual director and presented workshops and retreats in Australia, Ireland, Africa, and throughout the United States. Sr. Kathleen earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation and a Masters Degree in Spirituality from the University of San Francisco.  Among her passions are being contemplative in a digital world, women’s spirituality, prayer and discernment and working for the abolition of human trafficking.  
Sr. Rosalia Meza, VDMF

Senior Director of the Office of Religious Education

Sr. Rosalia Meza is the Senior Director of the ORE for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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Sr. Rosalia Meza, VDMF

Senior Director of the Office of Religious Education
Sr. Rosalia Meza is the director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a member of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity (VDMF). She serves as the U.S. provincial for her community. Sr. Rosalia was previously the director of religious education at St. Anthony’s Parish in Long Beach, California. She holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
Sr. Teresa Maya

Sister of Charity

Sister Teresa Maya is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word,

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Sr. Teresa Maya

Sister of Charity
Sister Teresa Maya is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio since 1994. Her ministry has been in education. She has served as teacher, history professor, and administrator. She has passion for the formation of ministers for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. Leadership in her congregation inspires her conviction in the future of consecrated life. Sister Teresa got her B.A. at Yale University, her M.A. at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and the Ph.D. in El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. She served on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) presidency from 2016-19. She is currently serving as Congregational Leader for her Congregation. La Hermana Teresa Maya pertenece a la Congregación de las Hermanas de la Caridad del Verbo Encarnado desde 1994. Su experiencia ministerial es en el área de educación. Ha servido como maestra, profesora de historia y administradora. Tiene una pasión por la formación de agentes para la pastoral hispana en EUA. El liderazgo en su congregación inspira su convicción en el futuro de la vida consagrada. La Hermana Teresa curso el B.A. en la Universidad de Yale, el M.A. en el Graduate Theological Union en Berkeley y el Doctorado en El Colegio de México, en la Ciudad de México. Sirvió en la presidencia de la Conferencia de Religiosas de E.U.A. (LCWR) de 2016-19. Actualmente, sirve como Superiora General de su Congregación.
Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D.

Director

Director of Education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

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Timothy P. O'Malley, Ph.D.

Director

Timothy P. O'Malley, Ph.D. is director of McGrath Theology Online at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. He teaches and researches at Notre Dame in the areas of liturgical-sacramental theology, catechesis, spirituality, and Catholic education. He is the author of 5 books, most recently Real Presence: What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter? (Ave Maria Press, Spring 2021). He is currently writing a book on catechesis, divine Revelation, and the spiritual senses entitled The Art of Catechesis: The Sacramental and Contemplative Pedagogy of God. He is married to Kara and has two children, ages 7 and 3.