Author Biographies for Audio Reflections

Priests and Spiritual Direction: Which Direction Are You Headed?
Fr. Joseph Kelly was ordained in 1978. He is the pastor of St. Anthony Parish in the Bronx, NY. Fr. Kelly is the former spiritual director of St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York and he has been providing professional seminars on spiritual direction at The Institute for Priestly Formation of Creighton University for more than seventeen years.
Priests and Collaboration: Embracing All of God's Gifts to a Parish
Br. Loughlan Sofield, ST, is a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity and is senior editor of Human Development magazine, an internationally-recognized speaker, and co-author of many books on ministry. Brother Loughlan has worked in over 300 dioceses on six continents and lectured at or served on faculty at many colleges and universities around the world
Pastor as Leader and Keeper of the Vision
Fr. Robert Stagg was ordained in 1975. He is a respected administrator and pastor within the Archdiocese of Newark. He has served on the Archdiocesan Priest Personnel Board and also on the Archdiocesan New Energies Task Force on parish consolidations. He is pastor of Church of the Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Priests and Bishops: Collaborators in Ministry
Bishop Robert N. Lynch is the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL. He has served as general secretary of the U.S. Catholic Conference and National Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was ordained a priest in the Miami Archdiocese in 1978 and ordained a bishop in 1996.
Priests and Celibacy: The Humanity of the Priesthood
Fr. James Flavin is a licensed therapist. He ministered in the inner-city for twenty years and for five years as Director of Pastoral Care for Priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. Fr. Flavin is now director of clinical operations at a behavioral treatment center for priests called the St. John Vianney Center in Downingtown, PA.
Priests and the Scandal: Is Recovery Possible? Living with Hope
Msgr. Robert J. Silva traveled and lectured extensively while serving as president of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils. Msgr. Silva is a governing councilor of the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy, a pastor, and is director of pastoral leadership development for the Diocese of Stockton, CA.
Priests and Preaching: Lectio Divina as a Tool for Effective Homily Preparation
Fr. Edward J. Griswold, STL, MEd, DMin, is a priest from the Diocese of Trenton. He serves as vice rector, assistant professor of pastoral theology and the Knott Professor of Homiletics at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He has a Doctorate of Ministry degree in preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.
Priests and Learning: Life-long Learning for a Life-long Mission
Fr. Richard Chiola is president of the National Organization for the Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy. Ordained in 1972, is today the pastor of St. Francis Cabrini Church, Springfield, IL. He holds several graduate degrees, certifications, and licenses; has taught in theology and has worked extensively in the field of counseling.
Priests and Prophets: What is Social Justice Today?
Msgr. Joseph J. Kerrigan is a champion of Catholic Social Justice. He is diocesan director for the Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Campaign for Human Development operations in the Metuchen Diocese and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, New Brunswick, NJ. He has ministered overseas to families of pediatric heart patients in war-torn Croatia and he is the published co-author of Healing the Heart of Croatia.
Sr. Terry Rickard
The Call to a New Evangelization: New Ardor, New Methods, New Expressions
Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, MA, MDiv, DMin, President and Executive Director of RENEW International, is a Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, New York and a well-known retreat and workshop leader. She has ministered in inner-city parishes and on the Archdiocese of New York Parish Mission Team. She is a contributing author to Preaching in the Sunday Assembly and Spiritual Manifestos and a regular contributor to Living With Christ with a series on praying the new Roman Missal.
Priests and Self Care: A Matter of Stewardship and Effectiveness
Fr. Tom Devery is director of priest personnel for the Archdiocese of New York. In 33 years of priesthood he has served as chaplain at West Point Military Academy, vocations director, a parochial vicar, and on a parish mission team. He was a pastor on Staten Island, NY, during 9/11.
Priests from Afar: Welcoming International Priests
Fr. Abraham Orapankal, a priest of the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ, is originally from the Diocese of Kohima, India. His 15 years of ministry in the United States includes serving in two parishes in the Archdiocese of New York and several years serving as a travelling workshop and retreat presenter for RENEW International. He has a PhD from Fordham University.
Priests and Deacons: Tools for Effective Parishes
Deacon John Dumschat serves in ministry in the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ. He is a husband, a father, a combat veteran, and a full-time prison chaplain. His nearly 30 years of ordained ministry experience collaborating with many priests has provided him special insight for fostering effective ministerial working relationships.
Read Archbishop Dolan's Foreword to Renewing the Priestly Heart

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