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Drawing from his experience overseeing and training young monks in Madagascar, India and Congo, the author, a Benedictine priest, offers this history of monasticism in Asia and the Middle East.

Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete

Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, a columnist for the New York Times, is a physicist by training and holds a degree in space science and applied physics. He earned his doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome.

Aneela Khalid Arshed

Aneela Khalid Arshed came to the United States from Pakistan in 1979. A personal experience inspired her to undertake an intensive study of Islam and its traditions. She now works on local committees aimed at strengthening Pakistani-Americans' cultural awareness and celebrating and understanding Pakistani heritage. Arshed lives in Long Island.

Gil Bailie

Gil Bailie is the founder and president of The Cornerstone Forum. This apostolate is dedicated to calling attention to the unique cultural, spiritual, and anthropological significance of the Judeo-Christian tradition and encouraging a deeper appreciation for the history-altering impact of Christ in relation to the challenges confronting modern-day Christians.

Ann Ball

The late Ann Ball was a businesswoman and Catholic writer who lived in Houston, Texas. Many readers know her through her books and numerous articles in the Catholic press. A native Texan and a convert to the Catholic faith, Ann is survived by two children, a foster son, and eight grandchildren.

Portrait of Fr. Robert Barron

Fr. Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian. He is the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago and also is the founder of Word On Fire.

Katherine Becker

Katherine Rafferty (Becker) earned her PhD in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently a lecturer at Iowa State University. Her research and teaching interests are in interpersonal and health communication. Katherine got married in 2013 and has one son, Sebastian.

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI

Born in 1927 in Germany, Joseph Ratzinger, was the head of the Roman Catholic Church from April 2005 to February 2013. A prolific author, theologian, and university professor, Ratzinger served as an expert at the Second Vatican Council, and was tapped in 1977 by Pope Paul VI to lead the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Portrait of Margaret Benefiel

Margaret Benefiel is CEO of ExecutiveSoul.com and author of the bestselling Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations. She teaches at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, in the area of spirituality and organizational leadership.

Portrait of Arnold O. Benz

Arnold O. Benz is professor emeritus at the Institute for Astronomy at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is currently involved in the exploration of star and planet formation, using ESA and NASA satellites.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, when he was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas, took his papal title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy.

Portrait of Patricia H. Berne

Patricia H. Berne is an author, mother, teacher, and counselor. She holds her doctorate in clinical psychology and maintains a clinical practice both in Washington, DC and in Tampa, Florida. With Savary, her husband, she has coauthored seven books on the interface of psychology and spirituality. Together they have taught at many universities and led a variety of workshops.

Portrait of Ben Birnbaum

Ben Birnbaum is special assistant to the president of Boston College and editor of Boston College Magazine, as well as executive director of the university's office of marketing and communications.

Christoph Böttigheimer is a Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Catholic University of Eichstãtt-Ingolstadt

Portrait of Dean Brackley

The late Dean Brackley was born in upstate New York in 1946. He entered the Jesuit order in 1964 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976. He received his doctorate in theological ethics at the University of Chicago in 1980.

Portrait of Niklaus Brantschen

Niklaus Brantschen, S.J. is a highly sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and author specializing in fasting, meditation, and contemporary spirituality. He is the founder of the Lasalle Institute, a spiritual center for Zen and meditation in Switzerland.

Portrait of Beatrice Bruteau

Beatrice Bruteau, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the integrated study of science, mathematics, philosophy, and religion. With a background in Vedanta and Catholic Christianity, as well as the natural sciences, she has developed a broad, inclusive vision of human reality in its cosmic and social contexts.

Portrait of Suzanne Buckley

Suzanne Buckley is manager of mission advancement at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, where she completed her spiritual direction formation in 1992. In her previous corporate career she developed training programs for Fortune 500 companies. 

Portrait of Stratford Caldecott

Stratford Caldecott is an author, the director of the Center for Faith and Culture, and the G.K. Chesterton Fellow at St. Benet's Hall in Oxford, England. He has written and lectured widely on Catholic, literary, and cultural themes.

Portrait of Sidney Callahan

Sidney Callahan, Ph.D, is an award winning author, professor and licensed psychologist. She earned her B.A. in English (magna cum laude) from Bryn Mawr College, her M.A. in Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D in Social and Personality Psychology from the City University of New York.