Franciscan at Home

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Our Team

The Catechetical Institute brings together the world-class faculty of Franciscan University’s Catechetics Program with key collaborators from all levels of ministry. These skilled professionals teach our Franciscan at Home online courses and speak at our St. John Bosco Conference, academic conferences, and other events around the country. Through the Catechetical Institute, they can also assist your diocese, parish, institution, or local community in achieving greater excellence in passing on the faith.

To invite one or a team of our presenters or faculty, please email us at: [email protected].

Franciscan University Catechetics Faculty and Staff

Petroc Willey, STL, PhD

Director, Catechetical Institute and Office of Catechetics
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Petroc Willey BD, PhD, STL, PhD, is married to Katherine and has four children – Charis,...

William Keimig, D.Min

Assistant Director, Catechetical Institute
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Bill Keimig is the Assistant Director of the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of...

Ron Bolster, PhD

Assistant Professor of Theology
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Ron Bolster is an assistant professor of theology on the faculty of the Catechetics Office at...

James Pauley, STD

Professor of Theology
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Dr. James Pauley is Professor of Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University. He is author...

Bob Rice, PhD

Professor of Catechetics
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Bob Rice is an associate professor of catechetics at Franciscan University, and he ministers to...

Amy Roberts, PhD

Assistant Professor
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Amy ​Roberts taught high school for 13 years and served as chair of the religion department for...

Eric Westby, PhD

Assistant Professor Theology
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Eric J. Westby, PhD, is an assistant professor of theology and catechetics at Franciscan...

Catechetical Institute Staff

Mark E Ginter

Strategic Partnership Liaison Fellow, Southern United States
Catechetical Institute, Franciscan University

j+m Praised be Jesus Christ! I am blessed to be married to Diane for over 35 years. We have 7...

Christine A. Mugridge PhD

International Strategic Partnership & Development
Catechetical Institute, Franciscan University

Christine received her Doctoral degree from the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome, Italy in...

Colleen Rainone

Director for Sales, Engagement and Publications
Conference Office, Catechetical Institute, The Catechetical Review

Colleen Rainone has been the Publications Director for The Catechetical Institute at Franciscan...

Katrina Herlambang

Graphics, Copyrighting, and Outlining Assistant
Catechetical Institute

Katrina Herlambang is currently working for Catechetical Institute as a graphics, copyrighting,...

Madison McCalister

Artistic Development Coordinator
Catechetical Institute, Franciscan University

Madison McCalister works as the Artistic Development Coordinator for the Catechetical...

Marie Higgins, MA

Research and Mentor Evaluation Assistant
Catechetical Institute

Marie is a researcher and mentor evaluation assistant for the Catechetical Institute, working at...

St. John Bosco Conference Track Managers and Online Workshop Presenters

Mary Jo Smith, MA

RCIA Coordinator
St. Raphael Parish, Crystal

Mary Jo Smith received her masters of theological studies from the University of Dallas...

Gloria F. Zapiain, MA

Director of Catechesis and Adult Faith Formation
Archdiocese of San Antonio

Gloria F. (“Gigi”) Zapiain has been involved in catechetics on the parish and diocesan levels...

Gary Norris

Association for Catechumenal Ministry (ACM) Chairman of the Board
Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Gary has been leading RCIA teams for the past twenty five years in the Archdiocese of Denver,...

Patricia Norris

Director of Religious Education
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Milford

Patty is the Director of Religious Education at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Milford, OH....

Gina Bauer, MA

Senior High Youth Director
St. Joseph, West St. Paul

Gina Bauer is a dynamic presenter to audiences of all ages. She has 30 years of experience...

Jim Beckman, MA

Lecturer on Leadership and Catechetics
St. Augustine Institute, Denver

Jim Beckman has been involved with youth ministry and the evangelization of teens for more than...

Marc Cardaronella, MA

Director of the Office of Discipleship and Faith Formation
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Marc Cardaronella is Director of the Office of Discipleship & Faith Formation at the Diocese...

Martha Drennan, MA

Director of Adult Faith Formation and Liturgy
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Gainesville

Martha Drennan is the director of Adult Faith Formation & Liturgy at Holy Trinity Catholic...

Dino Durando, MA

Director, Office of Family Life
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Dino is an instructor and the Director of the Office of Family Life, Diocese of Kansas City-St....

Steve Greene, MA

Director of the Kino Catechetical Institute
Diocese of Phoenix

Steve Greene is Director of the Kino Catechetical Institute for the Diocese of Phoenix, and co-...

Michael Hall

Director of Training
Catholic Christian Outreach, Ottawa, Ontario

Michael Hall is the director of Training for Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), Ottawa, Ontario...

Chris Hoag, D.Min

Associate Director of Catechesis
Diocese of Cleveland

Dr. Wm. Christopher Hoag has ministered in diocesan, school, and parish settings for over 20...

Ann Lankford, MA

Director of the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization
Diocese of La Crosse

Ann Lankford is the Director of the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization for the Diocese of...

Joshua Miller, PhD

Inscape, Steubenville

Dr. Joshua Miller is the co-founder of Inscape, which is devoted to helping people discover and...

Ken Ogorek, MA

Director of Catechesis
Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Ken Ogorek, currently the Director of Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, has given...

Lucas Pollice, MA

Associate Professor of Theology and Catechetics
Augustine Institute, Denver

Lucas Pollice is the Associate Professor of Theology and Catechetics for the Augustine...

Rania Saade, MA

High School Theology Teacher
Jesuit High School- College Preparatory School, Tampa

Rania Saade has been handing on the faith in Catholic high schools for 10 years. After earning...

Greg Schutte, PhD

Marriage Works! Ohio

Dr. Schutte achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton and a...

Mary Ann Wiesinger, MA

Director of Evangelization and Parish Life
Archdiocese of Miami

Mary Ann currently serves as the Director of Evangelization and Parish Life for the Archdiocese...

Catechetical Institute Mentors

Alfred H. Yuen, PhD

Member of the Office of Formation for Discipleship
Archdiocese of Toronto

When I first sensed a clear call to the service of the Church in my final year at college, I...

Justin Frato

Adult Faith Formation and RCIA Coordinator
St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Texas

Justin is the Adult Faith Formation and RCIA Coordinator at St. Laurence Catholic Church in...

Katie Dubas

Regional Youth Minister
Diocese of Lincoln

Katie Dubas is a mid-westerner through and through. She grew up in Kearney, Nebraska and...

Katie Torrey

Religious Education Coordinator
St. Jane Frances Parish, Glen Burnie

Katie Torrey is a wife, mother, grandmother, Coordinator of Religious Education, former teacher...

Katrina Oteyza

Works in Catholic Campus Ministry
University of Mary Washington; Fredericksburg

Katrina Oteyza is working for the Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Mary Washington...

Magdalena Gutierrez

Outreach and Evangelization Consultant
Washington, D.C.

Magdalena Gutierrez studied music and business at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico...

Tawnya Stanus (Arsenault)

Teacher and Assistant
Precious Lambs Early Learning Centre, Oakville, Ontario

Tawnya Arsenault is a catechism teacher and Assistant at the Precious Lambs Early Learning...

Brittany Doucette, MA

Religion Teacher
Kolbe Academy, Alexandria

Brittany Doucette earned Master’s degrees in Catechetics (MA, Franciscan University of...

Gail Polselli (Toto), MA

Director of Parish Services and Youth Ministry
Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish, North Wales

Gail Polselli (Toto) is the Director of Parish Services and Youth Ministry in Norristown,...

Jessica Valera, MA

Youth Minister
Archdiocese of Boston

Jessica Valera currently resides in Leominster, Massachusetts and serves as a youth minister...

Jill Kerekes, MA

Associate Director for Catechesis
Diocese of Trenton

Jill Kerekes lives in central New Jersey with her husband and four children.  She has...

John Knutsen, MLitt, MA

Education and Outreach Manager
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

A native of Northern California, John lives with his wife and daughter in Arlington, Virginia....

Marie Higgins, MA

Teacher of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Roanoke, Virginia

Marie Higgins has her BA and MA in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She...

Mona Anne Niedbala, MA

Middle School Religion Teacher
St. Joseph School, Baltic

Mona Anne Niedbala is an academic librarian by profession and worked in college and university...

Natalie Lacey, MA

Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
St. Anne Catholic Church, Grants Pass

Natalie Lacey is a ten-year ministry veteran who has the incredibly amazing gift to make...

Patricia Christensen, MA

Teacher of Sacramental Preparation Classes
Richmond, Virginia

Patricia Christensen lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband. She holds a BA from...

Regina Rheingrover, MA

Womens Study Group Leader
Sacred Heart Parish, Bowie

Regina is a writer and online mentor for the Catechetical Institute. She has served as a parish...

Teresa Hawes, MA

Director of Religious Education
Saint Monica Parish, Barre

Teresa grew up on a dairy farm in rural New York State, and has retained a love of the outdoors...

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