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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

Scott R Sollom, STL, PhD

Director of the Office of Catechetics
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Scott Sollom is an associate professor of theology and the Director...

Petroc Willey, STL, PhD

Director of the Catechetical Institute
Franciscan University of Steubenville

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

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...

Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, PhD

Professor of Catechetics
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Sister M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, PhD grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a member of...

Catechetical Institute Team

Petroc Willey, STL, PhD

Director of the Catechetical Institute
Catechetical Institute

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

William Keimig, D.Min

Assistant Director, Catechetical Institute
Catechetical Institute

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

Mark E. Ginter, PhD

Strategic Partnership Liaison Fellow, Southern United States
Catechetical Institute

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

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...

Madison McCalister

Artistic Development Coordinator
Catechetical Institute, Franciscan University

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

Katrina Herlambang, MA

Content Editor, Graphic Design, Asia & Oceania Partnership Liaison
Catechetical Institute

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

Amy Pequignot

Content editor, Task-writer & Coordinator of Task-writers
Catechetical Institute

Originally Greenville, Ohio, Amy came to Franciscan University as a graduate student in 2016 to...

Ana Victoria Haddad

Hispanic Faith Formation Assistant and Dubbing Coordinator
Catechetical Institute

Ana Victoria is from Mexico and is the youngest of 6 children. Her main interests include sacred...

Becca McCue, MA

Content and Video Editor
Catechetical Institute

Becca hails from the land of ten thousand lakes. After serving in the world of youth ministry...

Hank Meldrum

Senior Video Editor
Catechetical Institute

Jack Rook

Catechetical Institute Outreach
Catechetical Institute

Mary Theresa Brewer

Administrative Specialist and Office Coordinator
Catechetical Institute

Meet our Administrative Specialist & Office Coordinator, Mary Brewer! A native of...

Gabriella Duo

Webmaster & Partnership Assistant
Catechetical Institute

Meet our new Webmaster & Partnership Assistant, Gabriella Duo! Gabby is originally from...

Marie Higgins, MA

Research and Mentor Evaluation Assistant
Catechetical Institute

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

Mary Ann Wiesinger, MA

Hispanic Faith Formation Coordinator
Catechetical Institute

Mary Ann worked for 12 years in Evangelization and Catechesis at the diocesan level forming...

Reba Good, MA

Guild Coordinator
Catechetical Institute

Reba (pronounced RAY-buh) serves as the Guild Coordinator for the Catechetical Institute, where...

Danny Donovan

Student Worker
Catechetical Institute

Danny is a senior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is...

Jesse Iamarino

Student Worker
Catechetical Institute

My name is Jesse Iamarino. I am a Senior at Franciscan University studying Theology and...

Jessica Littler

Student Worker
Catechetical Institute

Jessica Littler is an Australian, but has been living in the United States for several years....

Molly Shanahan

Student Worker
Catechetical Institute

Meet Molly, one of our Workshop Development Student Leads. 

Originally from New Jersey,...

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, MA

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

Co-founder
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

Director
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...

Christine A. Mugridge, PhD

International Strategic Partnership & Development
Catechetical Institute

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

Dane Kirk

Youth Ministry Catechist
Diocese of La Crosse

My name is Dane Kirk and I am a proud husband and father. I have been married for four years to...

Justin Antoine Fontenot

Director of Confirmation, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Justin currently serves as the Director of Confirmation, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry...

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...

Kristofer D. Cowles, I

RCIA Team Catechist
Diocese of Austin

I was born in New Hampshire and lived with my Grandmother outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after...

Lori Smith

RCIA Director
Diocese of Sacramento

What an exciting time to be serving in the Church and what a blessing and privilege it is to be...

Magdalena Gutierrez

Outreach and Evangelization Consultant
Washington, D.C.

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

May Y. Seman

Lead Certified Catechist
St. Thomas the Apostle Chaldean Eparchy

Maysoun has been a mentor for the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University since 2017.  ...

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...

Andrea Patch, MA

Archdiocesan Managing Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
Archdiocese of Cincinnati

My name is Andrea Patch and I love being Catholic. I'm passionate about sharing my faith with...

Beth Cowles, MA

Founder and Lead Catechist for Holy Owned and Operated, Inc.
Diocese of Austin

Beth grew up in Southeast Texas attending the local Catholic School from Kindergarten through...

Brittany Doucette, MA

Religion Teacher
Kolbe Academy, Alexandria

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

Caroline Farey, PhD

Formation Coordinator
Diocese of Shrewsbury

I have been working in the field of adult formation and catechist formation in particular, for...

Deyanira Pena, MA

Diocesan Volunteer Catechist
Diocese of Dallas

My name is Deyanira Pena. I married my husband, Victor, 20 years ago and have two kids: Mariana...

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,...

Gary Norris, MA

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,...

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...

Jason Spoolstra, MA

Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry
Diocese of Fort Worth

Howdy! My name is Jason Spoolstra and I reside in Texas. I was born and raise in Fort Worth, TX...

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...

Joann Roa, MA

Director of Adult Faith Formation
Diocese of Brooklyn

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....

Katie Torrey, MA

Religious Education Coordinator
St. Jane Frances Parish, Glen Burnie

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

Katrina Herlambang, MA

Content Editor, Graphic Design, Asia & Oceania Partnership Liaison
Catechetical Institute

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

Katrina Oteyza, MA

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mark E. Ginter, PhD

Strategic Partnership Liaison Fellow, Southern United States
Catechetical Institute

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

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...

Mary Ann Wiesinger, MA

Hispanic Faith Formation Coordinator
Catechetical Institute

Mary Ann worked for 12 years in Evangelization and Catechesis at the diocesan level forming...

Mary E. Mosher, MA

Catechist, team member and trainer for RCIA
Diocese of Manchester

Mary Mosher, Auburn, N.H. As a young girl and as a teen I clearly remember two things that I...

Mary Jo Smith, MA

RCIA Coordinator
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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

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...

Paco Gavrilides, STL

Catechist & Conference Speaker
Diocese of Steubenville

Patricia Christensen, MA

Teacher of Sacramental Preparation Classes
Richmond, Virginia

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

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....

Phyllis A Sower, JCD

Formation Committee - Good Shepherd Parish
Diocese of Lexington

Married to John. 3 grown sons. 2 granddaughters. B.A. from Western Kentucky Univ in 1971 in...

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...

William O'Leary, PhD

Director of Religious Formation
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

William O'Leary has been in catechetical ministry for 20 years and currently serves as the...

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