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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.

Hosffman Ospino, born in Colombia and currently living in the United States, teaches pastoral theology and religious education at Boston College where he is the director of the university s graduate programs in Hispanic Ministry. He holds a doctorate in theology and education from Boston College.

Antonio Gonzalez, a leading Spanish theologian, was born in Oviedo (Asturias) in 1961. He has worked in El Salvador and in Guatemala at the Jesuit University, as well as in various centers of higher education in Europe. He shares with liberation theology the perspective of Gods option for the poor and the centrality of praxis in the Christian message and life.

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.

Gerry Pierse (1940-1999) was a Redemptorist priest from County Kerry in Ireland. He went to the Philippines in 1961 at the age of 21. In the early years of his ministry, he served primarily in rural missions, in while in later years he specialized in giving retreats. This ministry coincided with his becoming more deeply involved in contemplative prayer.

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 Karl Rahner

Karl Rahner (1904-1984) is recognized as one of the most important theological and spiritual writers of the 20th century.

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.

Oscar Romero, born in Ciudad Barrios, on August 15th 1917, studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained priest in 1942. He served the diocese of San Miguel for 25 years. In 1967 he moved to San Salvador as Secretary General of the National Bishops Conference.

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.

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