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.