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, MPM, MAAssistant 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 SmithRCIA CoordinatorSt. Raphael Parish, Crystal
Gloria F. Zapiain, MADirector of Catechesis and Adult Faith FormationArchdiocese of San Antonio
Gary NorrisRCIA Team CoordinatorArchdiocese of Cincinnati
Patty NorrisDirector of Religious EducationSt. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Milford
Marcel LeJeuneAssistant Director of Campus MinistrySt. Marys Catholic Center, Texas A and M
Fr. Derek Anderson, SOLTPastorSt. Marys Parish, Dover
Kevin BaileyCreator of High School Religion TextbooksRaleigh, North Carolina
Gina BauerSenior High Youth DirectorSt. Joseph, West St. Paul
Jim BeckmanLecturer on Leadership and CatecheticsSt. Augustine Institute, Denver
John Bergsma, PhDAssociate Professor TheologyFranciscan University of Steubenville
Marc CardaronellaDirector 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 DrennanDirector of Adult Faith Formation and LiturgyHoly Trinity Catholic Church, Gainesville
Dino DurandoDirector, Office of Family LifeDiocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Eugene Gan, PhDProfessor of Interactive MediaFranciscan University of Steubenville
Steve GreeneDirector 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 LankfordDirector of the Office of Catechesis and EvangelizationDiocese of La Crosse
Fr. Jay MelloPastorSt. Michael Parish, Fall River
Joshua Miller, PhDCo-founder Inscape, Steubenville
Fr. Lou Molinelli, SDBDirector and PresidentArchbishop Shaw High School, New Orleans
Ken OgorekDirector of Catechesis Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Gerard OShea, MEd, PhDAssociate Professor of Religious EducationUniversity of Notre Dame, Australia
Lucas PolliceAssociate Professor of Theology and CatecheticsAugustine Institute, Denver
Rania SaadeHigh School Theology TeacherJesuit High School- College Preparatory School, Tampa
Greg Schutte, PhDDirectorMarriage Works! Ohio
Ruth PratsPastoral Associate and Staff CoordinatorSt. Peter Parish, Covington
Andre RegnierCo-founderCatholic Christian Outreach, Ontario
Emily Van AttaTeacherSteubenville Central Catholic High School
Mary Ann WiesingerDirector 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 DurandoMarriage Formation Teacher and Parish CatechistHolt, Missouri

Catechetical Institute Staff

Colleen RainonePublications DirectorCatechetical Institute
Laura Gallant, MAWorkshop Development CoordinatorCatechetical Institute
Jennifer Holmstrom, MAArtistic Development CoordinatorCatechetical Institute
Tim SemanAcademic Events and Artistic Development AssistantCatechetical 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
Haley McCalisterPost-Production Film EditorCatechetical Institute
Phillip BussPost-Production Film EditorCatechetical Institute
Marie HigginsResearch and Mentor Evaluation AssistantCatechetical Institute

Catechetical Institute Mentors

Tawnya ArsenaultTeacher and AssistantPrevious Lams Early Learning Centre, Oakville, Ontario
Kevin BaileyCreator of High School Religion TextbooksRaleigh, North Carolina
Jacqueline ConigliaroStudentFranciscan University of Steubenville
Patricia ChristensenTeacher of Sacramental Preparation ClassesWest Chester
Katie DubasRegional Youth Minister Diocese of Lincoln
Brittany DoucetteReligion TeacherKolbe Academy, Alexandria
Magdalena GutierrezOutreach and Evangelization ConsultantWashington, D.C.
Teresa HawesDirector of Religious EducationSaint Monica Parish, Barre
Marie HigginsTeacher of the Catechism of the Catholic ChurchRoanoke, Virginia
Jill KerekesAssociate Director for CatechesisDiocese of Trenton
Donald MusacchioAdjunct ProfessorMultiple Philadelphia Colleges
Mona NiedbalaisMiddle School Religion TeacherSt. Joseph School, Baltic
Katrina OteyzaCommunications and Outreach CoordinatorSouthern Maryland
Regina RheingroverWomens Study Group LeaderSacred Heart Parish, Bowie
Natalie ScottCoordinator of Youth and Young Adult MinistrySt. Anne Catholic Church, Grants Pass
Katie TorreyReligious Education CoordinatorSt. Jane Frances Parish, Glen Burnie
Gail Polselli (Toto)Director of Parish Services and Youth MinistryMary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish, North Wales
Michael WellingtonDirector of Youth MinistrySt. John Parish, Darien
Larann WilsonSteward for Children and Family MinistriesDiocese of Orlando
Jessica ValeraYouth MinisterArchdiocese of Boston
Alfred YuenMember of the Office of Formation for DiscipleshipArchdiocese of Toronto
John KnutsenCoordinator for Evangelization and Adult Faith FormationDiocese of Arlington
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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.