The Catechetical Institute brings together the world-class faculty of Franciscan University’s Catechetics Program with key collaborators from all levels of ministry. These skilled professionals teach our Franciscan at Home online courses and speak at our St. John Bosco Conference, academic conferences, and other events around the country. Through the Catechetical Institute, they can also assist your diocese, parish, institution, or local community in achieving greater excellence in passing on the faith.

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Franciscan University Catechetics Faculty and Staff

Petroc Willey, STL, PhDDirector, Catechetical Institute and Office of CatecheticsFranciscan University of Steubenville
William Keimig, D.MinAssistant Director, Catechetical InstituteFranciscan University of Steubenville
Ron Bolster, MAAssistant Professor of TheologyFranciscan University of Steubenville
Drake McCalister, MACoordinator of Catechetical PracticumFranciscan University of Steubenville
Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, PhDProfessor of TheologyFranciscan University of Steubenville
James Pauley, STDProfessor of TheologyFranciscan University of Steubenville
Bob Rice, PhDAssociate Professor TheologyFranciscan University of Steubenville
Amy Roberts, MAAssistant ProfessorFranciscan University of Steubenville
Scott Sollom, STLAssistant Professor TheologyFranciscan University of Steubenville
Eric Westby, PhDAssistant Professor TheologyFranciscan University of Steubenville

St. John Bosco Conference Track Managers and Online Workshop Presenters

Mary Jo Smith, MARCIA CoordinatorSt. Raphael Parish, Crystal
Gloria F. Zapiain, MADirector of Catechesis and Adult Faith FormationArchdiocese of San Antonio
Gary NorrisAssociation for Catechumenal Ministry (ACM) Chairman of the BoardArchdiocese of Cincinnati
Patricia NorrisDirector of Religious EducationSt. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Milford
Marcel LeJeune, MAAssistant Director of Campus MinistrySt. Marys Catholic Center, Texas A and M
Fr. Derek Anderson, SOLTPastorSt. Marys Parish, Dover
Kevin Bailey, MACreator of High School Religion TextbooksRaleigh, North Carolina
Gina Bauer, MASenior High Youth DirectorSt. Joseph, West St. Paul
Jim Beckman, MALecturer on Leadership and CatecheticsSt. Augustine Institute, Denver
John Bergsma, PhDAssociate Professor TheologyFranciscan University of Steubenville
Marc Cardaronella, MADirector of the Office of Discipleship and Faith FormationDiocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Luke CrawfordDirector of Mission Integration and Religion Department ChairCardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, Cranberry Twp.
Derek Doroski, PhDAssociate Professor of BiologyFranciscan University of Steubenville
Martha Drennan, MADirector of Adult Faith Formation and LiturgyHoly Trinity Catholic Church, Gainesville
Dino Durando, MADirector, Office of Family LifeDiocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Eugene Gan, PhDProfessor of Interactive MediaFranciscan University of Steubenville
Steve Greene, MADirector of the Kino Catechetical InstituteDiocese of Phoenix
Michael HallDirector of TrainingCatholic Christian Outreach, Ottawa, Ontario
Scott Hahn, PhDProfessor of TheologyFranciscan University of Steubenville
Jennie Healy, PhDProfessor of Art HistoryFranciscan University of Steubenville
Chris Hoag, D.MinAssociate Director of CatechesisDiocese of Cleveland
Daniel Kuebler, PhDChair of the Biology DepartmentFranciscan University of Steubenville
Ann Lankford, MADirector of the Office of Catechesis and EvangelizationDiocese of La Crosse
Fr. Jay Mello, STB, STLPastorSt. Michael Parish, Fall River
Joshua Miller, PhDCo-founder Inscape, Steubenville
Fr. Lou Molinelli, SDBDirector and PresidentArchbishop Shaw High School, New Orleans
Ken Ogorek, MADirector of Catechesis Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Gerard OShea, MEd, PhDAssociate Professor of Religious EducationUniversity of Notre Dame, Australia
Lucas Pollice, MAAssociate Professor of Theology and CatecheticsAugustine Institute, Denver
Rania Saade, MAHigh School Theology TeacherJesuit High School- College Preparatory School, Tampa
Greg Schutte, PhDDirectorMarriage Works! Ohio
Andre RegnierCo-founderCatholic Christian Outreach, Ontario
Mary Ann Wiesinger, MADirector of Evangelization and Parish LifeArchdiocese of Miami
Benjamin Wiker, PhDProfessor of Political Science, Human Life StudiesFranciscan University of Steubenville
Kristin Witte, D.MinProgram Officer for Catholic EducationCatholic Relief Services, Baltimore
Cathy Durando, MAMarriage Formation Teacher and Parish CatechistHolt, Missouri

Catechetical Institute Staff

Colleen RainonePublications DirectorCatechetical Institute
Laura Gallant, MAWorkshop Development CoordinatorCatechetical Institute
Amy PequignotWebmaster, LMS Design Assistant, Copy EditorCatechetical Institute
Katrina HerlambangGraphics, Copyrighting, and Outlining AssistantCatechetical Institute
Carly BurkeResearch and Artistic Development AssistantCatechetical Institute
Mary MareschTranscription Editor and Administrative AssistantCatechetical Institute
Marie Higgins, MAResearch and Mentor Evaluation AssistantCatechetical Institute

Catechetical Institute Mentors

Tawnya ArsenaultTeacher and AssistantPrecious Lambs Early Learning Centre, Oakville, Ontario
Patricia Christensen, MATeacher of Sacramental Preparation ClassesRichmond, Virginia
Katie DubasRegional Youth Minister Diocese of Lincoln
Brittany Doucette, MAReligion TeacherKolbe Academy, Alexandria
Magdalena GutierrezOutreach and Evangelization ConsultantWashington, D.C.
Teresa Hawes, MADirector of Religious EducationSaint Monica Parish, Barre
Marie Higgins, MATeacher of the Catechism of the Catholic ChurchRoanoke, Virginia
Jill Kerekes, MAAssociate Director for CatechesisDiocese of Trenton
Mona Anne Niedbala, MAMiddle School Religion TeacherSt. Joseph School, Baltic
Katrina OteyzaWorks in Catholic Campus MinistryUniversity of Mary Washington; Fredericksburg
Regina Rheingrover, MAWomens Study Group LeaderSacred Heart Parish, Bowie
Natalie Lacey, MACoordinator of Youth and Young Adult MinistrySt. Anne Catholic Church, Grants Pass
Katie TorreyReligious Education CoordinatorSt. Jane Frances Parish, Glen Burnie
Gail Polselli (Toto), MADirector of Parish Services and Youth MinistryMary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish, North Wales
Larann Wilson, MASteward for Children and Family MinistriesDiocese of Orlando
Jessica Valera, MAYouth MinisterArchdiocese of Boston
Alfred Yuen, PhDMember of the Office of Formation for DiscipleshipArchdiocese of Toronto
John Knutsen, MLitt, MACoordinator for Adult Faith FormationDiocese of Arlington
Justin FratoAdult Faith Formation and RCIA CoordinatorSt. Lawrence Catholic Church, Texas

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About the Catechetical Institute

The Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University exists to train and support the key catechists in any situation—priests, deacons, parents, or laity, whether professional or volunteer. Through conferences, online workshops, videos, audio, personal mentorship, and a wealth of resources produced by Franciscan University, all involved in the work of catechesis will find new ideas, new approaches, new techniques, and a new confidence to do the work of catechesis.