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Gerald May, M.D. (1940-2005), practiced medicine and psychiatry for twenty-five years before becoming a senior fellow in contemplative theology and psychology at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. May was a pioneer in blending spirituality and psychology and encouraging a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Robert McClory has written widely on racism, politics, and religion for the past four decades. His work has appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, U.S. Catholic Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader. He is professor emeritus at Northwestern University’s Medical School of Journalism.
Bernard McGinn is one is of the greatest living authorities on Catholic historical theology. The Naomi Shenstone Donnelly Professor (Emeritus) of historical theology and history of Christianity at the University of Chicago, McGinn holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and an S.T.L. from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a writer and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. His writings include such classics as The Seven Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, and Zen and the Birds of Appetite.
Carla Millar is a Canadian illustrator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.) Degree, with a Major in Painting, from the University of Manitoba.
Carl J. Moell, SJ held a doctorate from the Gregorian University and worked for the procurator general of the Vatican for over a decade. He was a theology professor with expertise in Christology. He lived in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Anna Bonta Moreland is the author of Known by Nature and assistant professor in the department of humanities at Villanova University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Ph.D from Boston College.
Robert F. Morneau, vicar general and auxiliary bishop of the Green Bay diocese, has lectured extensively throughout the United States. He is the author of many books including Ashes to Easter, Spiritual Direction, and Fathoming Bethlehem.
Siobhan Nash-Marshall is a professor of Philosophy at Manhattanville College in New York. She holds the university's Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy. She earned Ph.D.s from Fordham University and from the Università Cattolica di Milano. She is the author of several books and numerous articles in her favorite fields: metaphysics and the receptivity of the intellect.
The internationally renowned and beloved pastor Henri Nouwen wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. He corresponded regularly in English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish with hundreds of friends and reached out to thousands through his Eucharistic celebrations, lectures, and retreats.
Diarmuid O'Murchu, a priest, member of the Sacred Heart missionary order, and a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London. As a psychologist and priest he has counseled couples, the bereaved, those with AIDS-HIV, the homeless, and refugees.
Cyril O’Regan is the Huisking Chair of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. A native of Ireland he came to Notre Dame in 1999 after teaching for a decade at Notre Dame where he also received his Ph. D. in Religious Studies. At Notre Dame he teaches in the areas of systematic, historical, and philosophical theology.
Marie T. Oates has led Boston PR Group, Inc. based in Boston, Massachussetts and New York City for almost 20 years. She served as the executive director of Bayridge, a Boston center for university and professional women, and as manager of publications and research at Deaconess Hospital.
The late Joan Ohanneson was an author, producer, teacher, and international speaker, lecturing extensively on Hildegard of Bingen. Ohanneson's work brought insight and understanding to the areas of spirituality, sexuality, and women's gifts to the church.
Parker J. Palmer, who holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in sociology, is the cofounder of the Institute for Public Life, a former professor at Georgetown University, and a former leader and teacher at Pendle Hill, the Quaker community. He is best known as the author of several national bestsellers, including Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach.
One of the most important world leaders of the 20th century, the beloved Pope John Paul II devoted much of his papacy to healing the rift between Christianity and Judaism. By courageously confronting one of the world's longest and most tragic religious conflicts, he initiated an opening of communication and understanding between Jews and Catholics.
Paul VI was pope of the Roman Catholic church from 1963 to 1978. He was known for working to heal relations between the Catholic church and other religions and was the first pope to ever travel by airplane. As a result he visited countries at great distances from Rome. A number of these travels were intended to improve relations with non-Christians.
Dr. Dianne Doyle Pita is a licensed psychologist, lecturer, and clinical supervisor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an adjunct professor at Boston University. She also maintains a private practice in the Boston area.
The Rev. Dr. John Charlton Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS is an English theoretical physicist, theologian, writer, and Anglican priest. He was professor of mathematical physics at the University of Cambridge from 1968 to 1979, when he resigned his chair to study for the priesthood. He became an ordained Anglican priest in 1982.
Dr. Gregory Popcak (POP-chak) is a nationally recognized expert in pastoral counseling, especially in the areas of affective disorders (depression, anxiety) and marriage and family problems. He can trace his decision to pursue a career in counseling back to his happy childhood.