Sr Norma long color headshotSister Norma Pimentel, as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries and programs in the areas of emergency assistance, housing assistance, military assistance, clinical counseling, pregnancy care, and was instrumental in quickly organizing community resources to respond to the surge of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States and setting up the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX.

Sister Norma received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Pan American University in Edinburg, TX; a Master’s Degree in Theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX; and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago, IL.

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Father Bryan Massingale is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He completed his formal education in Rome at the pontifical institute for moral theology, earning the degree, Doctor of Moral Theology, “summa cum laude.” His current writing projects explore the contributions of Black radicalism to Catholic theology and the intersections of race, sexuality, and faith.

He currently is the James and Nancy Buckman Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University and Senior Fellow in its Center for Ethics Education. Prior to his recent appointment at Fordham, he was Professor of Theology at Marquette University (Milwaukee), where in 2009 he received that institution’s highest award for excellence in teaching. A leader in Catholic theology, he is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and a past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.


Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 9.47.30 AMDaniel P. Horan, OFM, PhD (Merton Reflection Day) is a Franciscan Friar, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and the author of numerous articles and twelve books, including The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (2014) and, most recently, Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’s Rejoice and Be Glad (2019).

A leading international Merton scholar, he was previously elected to the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) Board of Directors for three terms and is currently on the editorial board of the academic journal The Merton Annual. He is currently editing for publication the correspondence of Thomas Merton and Naomi Burton Stone, his longtime literary agent, editor, and close friend.

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Emily Cash, PsyD (Resiliency in Religious Life) is a licensed psychologist and a member of the clinical services department at Saint Luke Institute since 2006. She received her graduate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Kentucky and completed her doctoral training in a community mental health setting in New York City.

Her clinical services include individual and group therapy, psychological evaluation and assessment, and facilitation of psycho-educational groups for mental health and well-being. Dr. Cash is the director of the candidate assessment program for Saint Luke Institute and the director of Saint Luke Center, a ministry of Saint Luke Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.

Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 9.55.58 AMPaul Michalenko, ST, PhD (Contemporary Issues in the Ministry of Formation) is a religious Brother with the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. He has served as Novice director and coordinator of his congregation’s international vocation and formation programs while serving on the general council. He taught at the Institute of Religious Formation for 17 years and was director of that program for six years.

Paul has served as a facilitator and organizational consultant to many church and nonprofit groups over the past thirty-five years. He has worked with women’s and men’s religious congregations, facilitating reconfiguration processes, assemblies, chapters, pastoral planning and other transition processes.


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Wayne Fitzpatrick, M.M., M.A., M.S., C-GCM (Ongoing Formation) Maryknoll Missioner, holds an M.A. Degree in Theology, Maryknoll School of Theology and an M.S. Degree in Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University of Maryland. He earned a Certificate in Geriatric Care Management from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA.

Brother Wayne served in Vocation Ministry and as Director of Brothers Formation for the Maryknoll Society. He served for a three year term on the National Board for the Religious Brothers Conference.

At the 1990 General Chapter he was elected Assistant General. During his years on the General Council (1990-1996) he served also as Secretary General and traveled extensively throughout the Maryknoll missions in Asia/Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the United States.

headshot18.hr2Kathy Galleher, Ph.D (Sexuality) is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience who specializes in working with those in religious life and ministry. She has doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University.  She was a staff psychologist at the St. Luke Institute for 8 years.

In 2006 she started “KMG Consultation”, which specializes in promoting healthy ministry by providing psychological education and support for those in ministry.  She is an active member of the Washington Area Formator’s Network where she directs a 4 year program on Healthy Sexual Integration and Intimacy for men in formation. She presents on a variety of topics, including healthy community, healthy boundaries, self care, and ministry from abundance, conflict management, healthy sexual integration for celibates.

ryan j. hoffmanRyan Hoffmann, MEd, MA (New Media Culture) serves as the Associate Director of the Religious Formation Conference. He has an extensive background as a Catholic nonprofit professional in marketing and communications.

Ryan’s work at Loyola University Chicago, Catholic Theological Union, Giving Voice, and the RFC has given him an expanse of experience reflecting on the impact of new media (e.g., social media) in building up the reign of God.

Ryan has Masters degrees in Higher Education Administration (Iowa State University) and Spirituality (Loyola University Chicago). Having attained his Master of Divinity equivalency, he is currently studying in the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry program at Catholic Theological Union.

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Marci Madary, DMin (Associate-Religious Relationship) has ministered in the realm of spirituality throughout her professional life and is passionate about the intersection between theology and the lives of the laity.  Along with speaking on a variety of topics revolving around spirituality, Marci facilitates groups, provides spiritual direction, and writes poetry.

She earned a Doctor of Ministry in spirituality at Catholic Theological Union; her thesis explores the dynamic of mutuality between women and men who minister together.  Married and a mother of two young adults, she deeply treasures the relationships in her life.

screen shot 2019-01-07 at 9.39.38 amTeresa Maya, CCVI, MA, PhD (Interculturality) has been a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, since 1994. Her ministry has been in education and she has served as a teacher, a history professor, and an administrator. Her passion is for the formation of ministers for Hispanics/ Latinos in the United States.

Sister Teresa earned her B.A. at Yale University, her M.A. at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, CA, and her Ph.D. at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. She is currently serving as Congregational Leader for her religious community and is President-Elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).


Mickey in Studio paintng300300Brother Mickey McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, currently lives and works in Camden, NJ. His ministry is devoted to sharing the gifts given to him through the charism of his religious community, and through his own unique talents as an award-winning artist, author, and speaker. Everything he creates, whether visual, written, or spoken, is a celebration of spirituality, developing from the deep connections that exist among art, beauty, and faith. This is the gift he so generously shares through his work.

Brother Mickey’s sacred art consists of paintings, designed at the request of various church communities, or commissioned by individuals. His illustrations are sought as cover art; for magazine articles and for use in textbooks, by leading Catholic publishers. In addition, he travels throughout the United States, presenting numerous reflections, retreats, and workshops. Using his artwork as a backdrop for the sharing of colorful stories from the Gospels and from the lives of the saints, he incorporates a refreshing blend of humor and depth. An underlying focus is the healing power of the creative spirit dwelling within each of us.