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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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.