Sister Janice Bader
Director of the National Religious Retirement Office, is a member of the Sisters of Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Mo., and holds a master of business administration degree from Southern Illinois University. She has delivered speeches on topics related to religious orders and retirement, the vow of poverty, ministry subsidies and common goods.
Secretary of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and an honorary doctor of law degree from Barry College. He was director of the White House Conference on Families in 1979-1980 and director of the National Committee for Full Employment in the late 1970s. He has written on Catholics and political responsibility, housing and mediating structures, and he often speaks on the mission and message of Catholic social teaching and the moral dimensions of key public issues.
Assistant director of media relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, specializing in the Conference’s outreach through social media such as Twitter, Facebook and the USCCB Media Blog. He is a graduate of the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., and has a background in print, broadcast and new media.
Director of the USCCB’s Office of International Justice and Peace. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies from Holy Cross College, a master of arts degree in religion from Yale University, and a doctor of ministry degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University. Among other honors, he has received the Bene Merenti Medal from Pope John Paul II. He has written numerous articles on Catholic social teaching, social justice, and political responsibility, and he authored a Leader’s Guide to “Sharing Catholic Social Teaching” and In the Footsteps of Jesus: Resource Manual on Catholic Social Teaching, both published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Father Allan Deck
A Jesuit priest of the California Province, is executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church. He holds a doctorate in Latin American studies from St. Louis University and a doctor of sacred theology degree in missiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has served as a parish priest and director of Hispanic ministry in the Diocese of Orange, California. He 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). In 1997, he founded the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange and served as its executive director for 10 years. Father Deck has written or edited six books and is a frequent contributor to America magazine.
Associate director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Pro- Life Activities. He holds a master of arts in divinity degree from the University of Chicago and has pursued doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and The Catholic University of America. He is an adjunct fellow in bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He frequently writes and speaks on euthanasia, assisted suicide, embryo exper- imentation and reproductive technologies. He has been published in such periodicals as National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Hastings Center Report, Linacre Quarterly, and Duquesne Law Review.
Virginia Loo Farris
A foreign policy advisor in the USCCB’s Office of International Justice and Peace, covering Eurasia and human rights issues. As a foreign service officer at the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Information Agency, she specialized in public diplomacy, focusing primarily on East and Southeast Asia. She also worked in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Washington. She was selected as a Congressional Fellow and as USIA advisor to the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. She has a master of science degree in national security studies from the National Defense University, a master of arts degree in Chinese studies from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor of arts degree in social sciences from Michigan State University.
Associate director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree in theology from the DeSales School of Theology. She has written and spoken on topics related to marriage, domestic violence and women, and she has written for such publications as Liguorian, Spiritual Life, and Catholic Woman.
Carol covers the Vatican and other church issues on the international front as a correspondent for the Catholic News Service (CNS) Rome bureau. She has been honored by the Catholic Press Association for her coverage. Prior to joining CNS, she worked at Vatican Radio covering Vatican and world news. Originally from the Albany, N.Y., area, she has lived in Italy since 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in political science and philosophy from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.
Stephen Hilbert, of the USCCB’s Office of International Justice and Peace, holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies from Haverford College and a master’s degree in international affairs–development studies from Columbia University. From 1977-1980, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, in central Africa. From 1983-2007 he worked with Catholic Relief Services, including 19 years in Africa, two years in India and three years at CRS headquarters.
Father Richard Hilgartner
A priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is associate director of the USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worshop. He holds a bachelor of science degree (business and finance) from Mount St. Mary’s College (now University) in Emmitsburg, Md.; a master of divinity degree and bachelor of sacred theology degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore; and a licentiate of sacred theology from the Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anselmo, Rome. In addition to his work at the USCCB’s Secretariat of Divine Worship, he is also pursuing doctoral studies in liturgy at The Catholic University of America. Father Hilgartner has served in parish ministry and campus ministry and has taught theology and homiletics.
Teresa M. Kettelkamp
Executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, Teresa is a graduate of Quincy University, Quincy, Ill., where she obtained a degree in political science. She retired from the Illinois State Police (ISP) after a 29-year career in which she was the first female to attain the rank of colonel. She began her law enforcement career investigating white collar and public corruption cases. During her career, she was also responsible for the functional supervision of specially trained agents who conducted statewide investigations involving missing and/or sexually exploited children. At her retirement, she headed the ISP’s Division of Forensic Services.
Father James Massa
Executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Father James is a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. He completed his undergraduate work at Boston College and the University of Durham in England. He pursued studies in theology at Yale Divinity School and doctoral studies at Fordham University, where he wrote on the ecclesiology of Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. He has published articles and book reviews on topics related to Christology, Church and culture, and ecumenism and is a member of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, the National Association of Ecumenical Officers, the Society of Catholic Liturgy, and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. He frequently lectures on topics related to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.
Sister Eileen McCann, CSJ
A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Albany, NY Province. She has been involved in youth and young adult ministry for more than 25 years, serving on the parish, diocesan, and national levels, and is now the coordinator for youth and young adult ministry of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. In 2008, she received the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.
Maria del Mar Muñoz-Visoso
Assistant director of media relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications with a major in journalism from Centro Escuela Universitaria San Pablo in Valencia, Spain, and a master of theological studies degree from the Madonna University in Livonia, Mich. She has 18 years of experience as an editor and journalist and 12 years of experience in Hispanic ministry, with emphasis on leadership development, training and organizing. She has worked in radio and the written press and was the founding editor of El Pueblo Católico, a Catholic Spanish-language diocesan newspaper. She co-founded and was executive director of Centro San Juan Diego, a pastoral institute and adult education center for Hispanics in Denver.
Helen holds a degree in communications from Drury College in Springfield, Mo., and has served in church communications for more than 25 years, beginning at the Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Diocese of Austin, Texas. She was named Catholic Spirit’s editor in 1990 and added responsibilities as diocesan communications director in 1995. She was named secretary of communications for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in August 2007. Mrs. Osman served three terms on the board of directors of the Catholic Press Association (CPA) of the United States and Canada and held CPA positions as secretary and president.
Marie Powell holds a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from the College of St. Mary, Omaha, Neb., and a master of arts degree from Georgetown University. She has been involved in K-12 education in Catholic schools as a parent, teacher, administrator, diocesan superintendent of schools, chair of a diocesan school board, and assistant secretary for parental advocacy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She is currently the executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Catholic Education.
Father Ronald Roberson
Associate director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Father Ronald Roberson is a Paulist Father and holds a doctorate in oriental ecclesiastical sciences from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome. He has written extensively on ecumenism and Catholic-Orthodox relations in scholarly journals and frequently speaks on related topics. He is also a member of the international dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
Kathy A. Saile
Director of the USCCB’s Office of Domestic Social Development. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Ohio University and a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. Previously, she directed the Office of Peace and Justice in the Diocese of Phoenix, served as a loan executive to the social policy office at Catholic Charities USA, coordinated social justice and outreach ministries for the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Az., and was associate director of public policy for Lutheran Services in America. She is the author of a book on public policy and grassroots advocacy.
Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman
Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman is director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Divine Worship. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Most recently he wrote an article on the implementation of the RCIA that appeared in the award-winning book Impact of the RCIA, edited by Jerry Galipeau.
Father Andrew Small
Director of the USCCB’s Collection for the Church in Latin America, Father Andrew Small holds a doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America as well as law degrees from the University of Sheffield in England and Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently an adjunct professor of law. He has spoken widely on the relationship between church teaching and globalization, having served for five years as the U.S. bishops’ principal foreign policy advisor on international economic questions.
Catholic News Service’s Rome Bureau chief, John Thavis holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn. He has worked in the Rome Bureau since 1983 and as bureau chief since 1996. He is a past president of the Vatican Journalists Association and has been honored by the Catholic Press Association for his coverage of the Vatican and international affairs. His other writings include a guide book on Rome. He has traveled with popes to more than 60 countries.
Father David Toups
Father David Toups is a priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. He holds a licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome. He has served as a parish priest, a professor of theology and dean of students at the major seminary in Florida. In 2008, he published Reclaiming Our Priestly Character through the Institute of Priestly Formation at Creighton University. He was on the staff of the USCCB Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations from 2007 to 2010.
Father Thomas G. Weinandy
Executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Doctrine, Father Thomas G. Weinandy is a member of the Capuchin order. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from St. Fidelis College in Herman, Pa.; a master’s degree in systematic theology from Washington Theological Union; and a doctorate in historical theology from King’s College, University of London. Father Weinandy is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, The Academy of Catholic Theology, the North American Patristics Society, and the Association Internationale D’Etudes Patristiques. He is the author of 14 books, including Does God Change: The Word’s Becoming in the Incarnation; Does God Suffer? Jesus the Christ; The Father’s Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity; Athanasius: A Theological Introduction; and Sacrament of Mercy: A Spiritual and Practical Guide to Confession. Father Weinandy has also published scholarly articles in such journals as The Thomist, New Blackfriars, Communio, A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, and the International Journal of Systematic Theology.
Sr. Mary Ann Walsh
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of the USCCB’s Office of Media Relations, is a member of the Northeast Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She holds a master’s degree in English from the College of St. Rose and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College of Maryland. She has prepared media relations programs, spoken on media topics, and written for numerous publications including America, Editor & Publisher, The Washington Post and USA Today. She also was producer of the award-winning video Five Extraordinary Days and has served as the editor of books that include the award-winning John Paul II: A Light for the World and From John Paul II to Benedict XVI: An Inside Look at the End of an Era, the Beginning of a New One, and the Future of the Church. She has been honored by several groups, including the New York State Bar Association, the New York Press Association, the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the Catholic Press Association and the Catholic Academy for Communications Arts Professionals.
Cindy Wooden has been a correspondent in Catholic News Service’s Rome Bureau since 1989. A graduate of Seattle University, she currently studies at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies on Religions and Culture at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Ambassador Johnny Young
Executive director of the USCCB’s Office of Migration and Refugee Services, Ambassador Johnny Young holds a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, from Temple University. He was a four-time American ambassador and holds the rank of career ambassador. His Foreign Service duty included service in eleven countries: five in Africa, three in the Middle East, two in Europe, and one in the Caribbean.
“The constructive dialogue struck by the Catholic Church and the Jewish people will serve as an inspiration. Pope Benedict’s journey is a journey of love, and we are only too happy to join him on this road.”