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Portrait of Gernot Candolini

A former biology teacher and religious youth director, Gernot Candolini is a renowned author, photographer, and architect of labyrinths. As a part of his work with labyrinths he trains church leaders in the use of the labyrinth as a tool for personal spiritual growth. He also shares his knowledge of this important contemplative tool in his writing and lectures.

Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi is sometimes called "the Vatican minister of Cultural Affairs." He is the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Portrait of Joseph M. Champlin

Fr. Joseph Champlin, was rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse, New York. He is the author of more than 30 books on Catholicism with more than 10 million copies in print.

Logo of Crossroad Publishing Company

The Crossroad Publishing Company is a leading independent publisher with roots in the 200-year-old family heritage of the publishing house of Herder, in existence since 1798. The Crossroad Publishing Company was first developed in 1980 as an influential imprint at the Episcopal Seabury Press, and is heir to the prestigious booklists of B. Herder Book Company, founded 1884 in St.

Portrait of Madonna Sophia Compton

Madonna Sophia Compton is an author and a retired professor of philosophy and religion. She has a profound interest in women in the Church and ecumenical studies.

Portrait of Yves Congar

Yves Marie Joseph Cardinal Congar was a French Dominican priest, widely recognized in his lifetime as one of the most important Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century. Best known for his work in ecclesiology, Congar drew from biblical, patristic, and medieval sources to revitalize the discipline.

Portrait of Catherine Cornille

Catherine Cornille is an editor, an author of many books, and an associate professor of comparative theology at Boston College. Her teaching and research focus mainly on theoretical and methodological issues in the comparative study of religions and in the dialogue between religions. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Portrait of Joseph Curran

Joseph Curran is an associate professor, chair of the religious studies department, and executive director of the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Dr. Curran received his Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College. His research interests include Catholic social teaching and Catholicism in American political life.

Portrait of Paula D'Arcy

Paula D’Arcy is a writer, playwright, retreat leader, and conference and seminar speaker. In 2001 she established Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need throughout the world, including men and women in prison. The foundation has sponsored two international gatherings of women.

His Holiness Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was born on July 6, 1935 in the small village of Trakster in northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, His Holiness was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama and the political and spiritual leader of Tibet.

René Dausner received his doctorate from the University of Bonn, wrote his post-doctoral dissertation at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, and is currently a professor of Systematic Theology at the Technical University of Dresden.

Portrait of Cyprian Davis

Reverend Cyprian Davis, O.S.B. is Professor of Church History at St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He received his B.A. from St. Meinrad College in 1953 and Ph.D. in History from University of Louvain in 1977. He also holds an S.T.L. from Catholic University of America.

Portrait of Tian Dayton

Tian Dayton has a doctorate in clinical psychology, a masters in educational psychology and is a fellow and Scholar's Award recipient from the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She has presented psychodrama to audiences across the United States for nearly two decades, integrating action methods into the fields of mental health and addiction.

Portrait of Anthony de Mello

Versed in both Eastern and Western traditions, de Mello tells stories of monks, rabbis, and soldiers in the form of fairy tales, legends, jokes, and Zen sayings to humorously lead us through the basics of spiritual life. His books have been translated into many languages, and continue to be bestsellers. 

Portrait of Madeline Delbrel

Madeleine Delbrel (1904-1964) studied philosophy and art at the Sorbonne in Paris. When her fiancé decided to join the Dominicans and her father went blind, Delbrel's life fell apart. She converted to Christianity in 1924 and founded a small religious community in France dedicated to social work.

Portrait of John J. Dietzen

John J. Dietzen is a retired Catholic pastor whose four-decade career has included pastoral ministry, marriage and family education, and journalism. His weekly question and answer column is syndicated nationally in nearly 40 Catholic newspapers. He also writes a weekly column for the Peoria Journal-Star.

Portrait of Lyn Holley Doucet

Lyn Holley Doucet is a spiritual director for various retreat houses and the Diocese of Lafayette and is an award-winning author of many books. Doucet grew up on a cotton farm in north Louisiana as one of four children. She was active in the Methodist faith until her marriage, when she converted to Catholicism and has many fond memories of growing up in a loving church community.

Dominc F. Doyle

Dominic Doyle is an assistant professor of theology at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. A graduate of the University of Cambridge and Harvard Divinity School, he received his doctorate in systematic theology from Boston College.

Jenny Driver

Jenny Driver is a staff physician at Beth Israel Deaconess medical center and an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her specialty is medical oncology and geriatrics. She received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh and her BA from Brown University. Jenny has been interviewed for national television programs about being a woman in Opus Dei.

Portrait of Avery Cardinal Dulles

Avery Cardinal Dulles is the first American theologian to be elevated to cardinal. One of the most distinguished Catholic theologians of our day, he is the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University. His many books include The Splendor of Faith and The Craft of Theology.