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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.