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Maria T. Oates

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.

Portrait of Joan Ohanneson

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.

Portrait of Parker J. Palmer

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.

Portrait of Pope John Paul II

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. 

Portrait of Pope Paul VI

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.

Ruth Pfau was born in Leipzig, Germany and after World War escaped to the West. She became a doctor, and joined a Catholic order who sent here to work with lepers in Pakistan where she still resides today.

Portrait of Dianne Doyle Pita

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.

Portrait of John Polkinghorne

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.

Gregory Popcak

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.

Portrait of Lisa and Greg Popcak

Lisa is a Family Life coach, lactation consultant, professional educator, and homeschooling mother. With her husband Dr. Gregory Popcak she hosts the call-in programs Fully Alive! daily on The Catholic Channel-Sirius, and Heart, Mind and Strength daily on Ave Maria Radio Network. She also coauthored Parenting with Grace with her husband.

Portrait of John R. Quinn

John R. Quinn is the retired archbishop of San Francisco, where he served from 1977 to 1995. He served as president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, as a member of three international synods in Rome, as a papal delegate for religious life in the United States and as a member of a papal commission of the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Portrait of David Robinson

David Robinson D.Min., lives in Cannon Beach, Oregon, with his wife. They enjoy three grown sons and two daughters-in-love. David has served as pastor of Community Presbyterian Church, Cannon Beach since 1993 and became a Benedictine Oblate of Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon in 2006.

Author photo of Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr, O.F.M., is a Franciscan priest and founder of the New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1971 and the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986. He currently serves as director of the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Portrait of Father Ronald Rolheiser

Fr. Rolheiser, Ph.D, STD, a Roman Catholic priest, is the General Councillor for Canada for his order, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He is a community-builder, teacher, and writer, with offices in Toronto and Rome. He received his doctorate of sacred theology from the University of Louvain, Belgium.

Portrait of Robert Royal

Robert Royal is a Catholic author and the president of the Faith and Reason Institute, based in Washington, D.C. Royal received his B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D from The Catholic University of America. He has taught at Brown University, Rhode Island College, and The Catholic University of America.

Portrait of Christopher Ruddy

Christopher Ruddy is associate professor of systematic theology at The Catholic University of America. He was formerly associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and also taught at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.

Portrait of Linda Ruf
 
Linda Ruf and her husband Ben live in Chicago, Illinois. Ruf is the mother of six children, a CPA, and a lecturer on The DaVinci Code's misrepresentation of the Catholic Church and Opus Dei.
Portrait of Joyce Rupp

Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, spiritual "midwife," and retreat and conference speaker. She has led retreats throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Joyce has a B.A. in English, a M.R.E. in religious education, and a M.A. in transpersonal psychology.

Greg Salciccioli

Greg Salciccioli is an author, speaker, coach, and consultant. He has worked with hundreds of leaders to advance their organizational effectiveness. He is a professional coach and the founding president of Ministry Coaching International, a leadership coaching and consulting company supporting thousands of ministry leaders worldwide.

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