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Patricia Hughes Baumer, M.Div. founded Partners in Preaching, a non-profit ministry whose mission is the training and formation of lay and ordained ministers for liturgical preaching in 1991. Along with her husband, Fred, Patricia is a member of Friends in Faith, an IEC founded in 2004.

Fred A. Baumer, Ph.D.
has trained lay and ordained ministers for preaching within a liturgical context since 1970, working with dioceses, parishes and theological schools. He was part of the writing teams for the 1982 USCC document: Fulfilled in Your Hearing, the Homily in the Sunday Assembly, and the 2010 Commentary on the same document. He served as the convener of the Theology of Preaching workgroup for the Academy of Homiletics, an ecumenical yearly gathering of preaching professors and scholars. His publications include a tape series on lectoring and the three-year commentary on the Sunday readings.

BourgeoisRoy Bourgeois
was born in Lutcher, Louisiana in 1938. He graduated from the University of Louisiana with a degree in Geology, then spent four years in the military. He received the Purple Heart in Vietnam. From the military, Roy entered the Maryknoll Order and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1972. He worked with the poor in Bolivia for five years, where he was arrested for his work in human rights and forced to leave the country. Back in the U.S., Roy became an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. In 1990 he founded the School of Americas (SOA) Watch. Roy has spent over four years in federal prisons for his nonviolent protests against the SOA. In 1995, he produced a documentary film about the School of Americas called School of Assassins, which received an Academy Award nomination. In 1997, he received the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award. In 2010, Roy was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. In 2012, after serving as a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years, Roy was expelled from the priesthood because of his public support for the ordination of women. Roy continues his work for peace, justice and equality and travels extensively, giving talks at universities, churches and groups around the U.S. and abroad.



Henry A. Bromelkamp, as President of Bromelkamp Company since 1978, is a computer systems consultant, programmer and designer. Having grown up in a family of nine boys, Henry learned the need for organization at a very early age. His background includes a degree in architecture and several years managing a community music organization, as well as work at the IBM Development Laboratory in Rochester, Minnesota. As a consultant, his work was originally for Arts Councils; eventually over half of the state arts agencies in the United States adopted the software he developed. More recently, the work has expanded to other grant makers, especially foundations. Henry lives in a constant state of renovating a big stone and brick Victorian house. He is an avid biker, runner, sketch artist, singer, and traveler. Henry is actively involved in building a promising future for the children of Africa. He is the chair of Africa Classroom Connection, which builds schools in South Africa, and a board member of Action for Children Zambia, which helps street kids get back into school and society. He is also an Ambassador of Books for Africa which provides textbooks to children of Africa. In addition, he's very active at Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community and is on the board to end homelessness at St. Stephen's Human Services. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  612-875-6001




Clyde Christofferson received a B.S. degree in Physics and a J.D., both from Stanford University. He worked as a trial attorney with the Antitrust division at the U.S. Department of Justice for 12 years and he is currently is a partner at Whitham, Curtis, Christofferson and Cook, a firm specializing in intellectual property law. He has chaired committees on intellectual property and technology law and practice for Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. He has served on planning committees for this and prior IEC Conferences, and serves on the board of the American Catholic Council and Catholic Church Reform International.

Clyde has been a member of the NOVA Community (an IEC in Northern Virginia) for forty-five years and served as one of its co-chairs. Using his education in science and law as well as his wide reading of Catholic theology, he writes a series of articles entitled "Theology for a Small Planet" for the NOVA Newsletter (available at Clyde and his wife Judy raised two children in the community, and their five grandchildren (ages 1 through 11) have a connection to the community either through baptism or just showing up at liturgy.



ClarkCharlie Clark, a retired high school counselor, has lived and worked in Platteville, WI, with his wife Joyce since 1976. Within the last five years they have experienced the “loss” of their parish community, St. Augustine University Parish, where they had been active members for over thirty-five years. Both had held leadership positions including parish council member and council president, and Charlie was also finance trustee for almost twenty years. In 2010 three members of the ultra-conservative Society of Jesus Christ the Priest were assigned by Bishop Morlino to serve the two parishes in Platteville, including "St. Augie’s.” In a few short years their conservative pre-Vatican II ideology resulted in the scattering of well over half the membership of both parishes. In October 2013 they officially cease membership in St. Augie’s, making them “roamin’ Catholics” who are now exploring the option of an Intentional Eucharistic Community in the Platteville area.




Trudy Conrad was born and raised in Washington, DC. She retired after 30 years with the AFL-CIO. She has been an active member of the IEC–The Catholic Community of Greenbelt for over 25 years. She was a member of the planning committee for the last two IEC conferences. Trudy is a member of the Greenbelt Interfaith Leadership Association.  GILA celebrates local religious diversity by facilitating the gathering of representatives from a variety of local faith groups. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Fr. Jim Coridens a canon lawyer and theologian, and is admitted to the bar in Indiana and the District of Columbia. His books include The Parish in the Catholic Tradition, Canon Law as Ministry, and The Rights of Catholics in the Church. He is a principal editor and author of the New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law (2000). He served for many years as Academic Dean and Professor of Church Law at the Washington Theological Union. In 2011 he received the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America. His recent articles include Parish Communities and Reorganizations, Conscience & Communion: What's a Remarried Catholic to Do?, and Theologians and Bishops: Good Procedures Promote Collaboration.



William V. D’Antonio earned a BA from Yale University, an MA from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from Michigan State University. After two years on the faculty of Michigan State, he joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as Assistant Professor. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department there from 1966-71. He moved to the University of Connecticut in 1971 as Professor and Chair. In 1982 he took a leave from Connecticut to become the Chief Executive Officer of the American Sociological Association, where he served until his retirement in 1991. He received Emeritus Professor Status from the University of Connecticut in 1986. In 1993 he joined the Sociology faculty at The Catholic University of America as a visiting Research Professor; he is currently a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies (formerly, Life Cycle Institute). He is the co-author and co-editor of an array of books including: American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church, and Voices of the Faithful: Loyal Catholics Striving for Change - a study of Catholic lay social movements striving to help change the Church. His most recent publications are: Religion and the American Dream: A Catholic Reflection in a Generational Context in American Dream in th 21st Centry, ed. by Sandra Hanson and John K. Whyte (Temple U. Press, 2010); Persistence and Change, Among American Catholics a 28 Page Pullout in the National Catholic Reporter (October 28, 2011) highlighting the research done by Dr. D’Antonio, Michele Dillon, and Mary Gautier; Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield, June 2013); and Catholic Bishops and the Electoral Process in Voting and Holiness: Catholic Perspectives on Political Participation, ed. by N. Cafardi, (Paulist Press, TBP). He has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Michael's College in Vermont, and was a Fulbright Senior Fellow in Italy in 2004.




Cathy Edwards MAPS, is Coordinator of Pastoral Care at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Cathy serves with Listening Ministries, Visiting, Communion Services, Grief Support and Centering Prayer. Centering prayer is a form of Christian meditation and method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and the discipline to foster that relationship.







After completing a doctorate in Systematic Theology and Liturgical Studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, Chris Nwaka Egbulen joined three graduate faculties in New Orleans, LA; Ibadan, Nigeria; and Washington DC. He is a member of Communitas, Washington DC, and ministers as presider with Intentional Eucharistic Communities in the Baltimore-Washington areas. Married and with three children, he is founder and chief executive of both the Amen Foundation ( and Action Africa Inc (




Henry Nwaka Egbulem is a 7th Grade Scholar at Center City Public Charter School, Trinidad Campus, Washington DC. He’s an Honor Roll Scholar, with eyes on PA Avenue and recently a Spelling Bee finalist. Henry enjoys music and plays sports. He volunteers at parents' humanitarian organizations and is a coach to his two younger brothers. Henry is a regular Reader at Sunday celebrations at Communitas, Washington DC.







Maureen Fiedler, SL is the host of Interfaith Voices, a public radio show heard on 79 public and community radio stations in the US. She is also the editor of two books: Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words, and co-editor of Rome Has Spoken: A Guide to Forgotten Papal Statements, and How They Have Changed Through the Centuries. Maureen is a member of Communitas, an intentional worshipping community in Washington, DC and a Wednesday Night Liturgy group in the DC/Maryland area. She is a Sister of Loretto.






Jim Fifield helped form Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community 5 years ago and served on its initial governing council.  He was part of fundraising efforts that resulted in the purchase of DMIEC’s church building and worship space.  Jim is in his 22nd year as a corporate attorney with a Des Moines based financial services company, following nearly 10 years in private practice.  His wife Martha publishes the weekly DMIEC prayer aid and serves on the DMIEC Liturgy Committee.






Sister Jeannine Gramick has been a Roman Catholic nun for more than 50 years. While obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, she became involved in a pastoral outreach to lesbian and gay Catholics. Her re

ligious community assigned her to LGBT ministry in 1977. She has spoken and written extensively on the subject. Her books include Homosexuality in the Priesthood and Religious Life, The Vatican and Homosexuality, Building Bridges, and Voices of Hope. In 1999, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared that she should cease her ministry. She said, “I chose not to collaborate in my own oppression” and continues to advocate for LGBT people with the approval of the Sisters of Loretto. Her ministry is documented in the film, In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick's Journey of Faith, by the Peabody and Emmy award-winning director, Barbara Rick.





Mona Sweeney Gude has been involved since the beginning of the IEC in Des Moines. She serves on the Liturgy Team for the Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community (DMIEC). One of her roles is being the “Clipboard Sign-up Encourager.” As a totally lay-led community, DMIEC runs by the volunteers who sign up! She continues to be inspired and awed by the gifts of the people who help make the services happen each Sunday. Professionally, Mona is a Des Moines special education teacher. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Steve Sweeney Gude is a speech-language pathologist for the Des Moines Public Schools. He has been involved with the Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community since its formation five years ago. Steve is active in DMIEC’s Social Justice Committee and El Salvador Committee. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







Roger Haight, S.J. did his doctorate in theology at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (1973) and has taught at Jesuit graduate schools of theology in Manila, Chicago, Toronto, and Boston. He is currently the Director of the PhD Program at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He has published works in the theology of grace, liberation theology, fundamental theology, christology, ecclesiology and spirituality. He is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America  and was named Alumnus of the Year of The Divinity School of the University of Chicago for the year 2005.






Janet Hauter has been engaged in many roles in Church leadership from local parish level to national reform groups, including Vice President of Voice of the Faithful and Co-Chair of the American Catholic Council event in Detroit in 2011.  She has particular experience in implementing the small Christian community process into large settings.  Currently serving as the national chair  of ACC, she actively collaborates with Catholic Church Reform Int'l.  Janet was in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod in 2014 and plans to return for the Synod on the Family this year.





Marilaurice Hemlock grew up surrounded by music and to no one’s great surprise got a degree in Music Education - Vocal/Choral from Illinois State University. She began her professional life as liturgist/musician working in campus ministry at Illinois State, continued her education with a Master of Pastoral Studies - Liturgy and Campus Ministry from Loyola University of Chicago and did more campus ministry (liturgy and music) at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. When she moved to the Twin Cities, she found her way to St. Stephen’s Catholic Community and served there as Director of Liturgy and Music for many years. When the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community emerged in 2008, she stayed with them and continues to serve as part-part time liturgist in that community today. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  612-701-7558





For the large majority of Christians, the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) [invited] is the third divine person of the Trinity: the "Triune God" manifested as Creator, Savior, and Spirit; each person itself being God. The gifts of the Spirit include the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.







Hilary Howes was raised without any religious tradition but married a Catholic in the church before her 23rd birthday. After attending the Catholic Community of Greenbelt for 3 years she was baptized into the faith at 48. It was a first for the community because the group tends to be cradle catholics and over 50. The welcoming nature of this community embraced this transgender woman and her wife and opened a world of spiritual growth and community involvement that neither of them had imagine existed in this modern world.

Since then her call has led her to serve on the Dignity Transgender Caucus, Transfaith/IWG Communications Committee, Gender Rights Maryland Board, Call To Action/ Maryland Chapter Board, and the Pacific School of Religion's Trans-Roundtable. Her blog at Togetherstyle is a light of hope to transgender people struggling with their relationship with the Catholic Church.





Father Jan Michael Joncas was ordained in 1980 as a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN. He serves as Artist in Residence and Research Fellow in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He holds degrees in English from the (then) College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN and the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico of the Ateneo S. Anselmo in Rome. He has served as a parochial vicar, a campus minister, and a parochial administrator (pastor). He is the author of five books and over two hundred articles and reviews in journals such as Worship, Ecclesia Orans, and Questions Liturgiques. He has composed and arranged over 300 pieces of liturgical music.





Father Ted Keating, SM, has been the Provincial Superior of the Society of Mary of the US (The Marists) since 2006. He was the Executive Director of the US Conference of Major Superiors of Men’s Institutes from 1999 to 2005. Previous to that he has been the Associate Director for Justice and Peace and Mission there for seven years. A civil lawyer before entering the Marists, he has been a seminary formation director, supervisor in the Washington Theological Union formation program, and parish pastor in a multi- cultural parish in the Algiers area of New Orleans. Ted was born and raised in Chicago and practiced law as a defense lawyer there for professionals. Ted did his philosophy and theology, and graduate studies, at the Catholic University of America. Ted has been serving the IEC’s in the Washington, DC, area since 1989.






Maureen Mancuso, M.Div. is an ordained Roman Catholic Womanpriest (RCWP). She received her M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. In addition, she holds a teaching credential in English and is working on her doctorate in theology. Maureen’s area of interest is the emergent field of eco-theology. Maureen has been a high school theology teacher, Campus Minister, hospital chaplain, Director of RCIA, and liturgist giving workshops on both the diocesan and national level. Maureen has served as a priest for Namaste Catholic Community and currently is pastor of St. Hildegard Catholic Community in Berkeley, CA.




Jamie L. Manson is a nationally sought-after speaker, retreat leader, and media commentator on issues related to women and LGBT Catholics, young adult Catholics, and the future of the church.

She received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics. Her column, Grace on the Margins, appears in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR). Her writing has won numerous awards, including Commentary of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013 from the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA). She is also the book review editor at NCR.

As a lay minister, Jamie has worked extensively with New York City’s homeless and poor populations.

In addition to NCR, Jamie’s work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and Religion Dispatches, and her media appearances include NPR, MSNBC, CBS News This Morning, and Huffington Post Live.





Gloria J. Mog has been an active member of the NOVA Catholic Community in Arlington, VA for 32 years. She has served as Chair of the Community on two separate occasions and has been the Liturgy Coordinator for over 10 years now. Additionally, Gloria sings and drums with the NOVATones, the Community’s Music Group. Gloria lives with her husband, David, in Arlington, has two married sons living in Louisville and Seattle and has been in private practice as a psychotherapist at The Stone House for the past 25 years. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






John Mooney has been an active IEC member since 1990, when he, his late wife, and sons first joined Nova Catholic Community in Arlington, Virginia. A former Jesuit priest, he worked in local government management for 27 years and has a Ph.D. in philosophy and master’s degrees in theology and public administration. Now retired, he helps coordinate retreats in DC for homeless persons in recovery and is a volunteer management consultant for a social action agency in Nicaragua. And he’s going to marry a wonderful woman in April! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  703-477-8460





James W. Moudry, ThD, is a native of the Twin Cities in MInnesota where he still resides.  He holds graduate degrees in theology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and from St.Thomas University "Angelicum" in Rome.  For 28 years Dr .Moudry served on the theology faculty of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St.Thomas in St. Paul, MInnesota.  He has also taught theology at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, St.Norbert's College in DePere, Wisconsin, St.Catherine's University in St.Paul, and the Aquinas Institute in St.Louis.  He has been a consultant for church worship and sacramental practice and for church building and renovation.  Dr. Moudry is currently retired.



NeuDiann L. Neu, D.Min., MSW, LGSW, is co-founder and co-director of WATER, the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual, in Silver Spring, MD. A feminist liturgist, spiritual director, and psychotherapist licensed in Washington, DC and Maryland, Diann specializes in liturgical and ritual planning, counseling and spiritual direction, retreats and conference consultation.She lectures and conducts workshops on liturgy planning, spirituality, women-church, and creating Eucharistic communities. She has published numerous books of rituals and articles on the subject of feminist approaches to liturgy, spirituality, and therapy.

She is co-editor with Mary E. Hunt of New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views (Skylight Paths, 2010). Among her publications are Seasons of Compassion: Resources for Companions of Those Needing Healing (WATERworks Press, 2009); Seasons of Healing: Journaling and Resources for Women with Cancer (WATERworks Press, 2008); Seasons of Survival: Prayers and Rituals for Women with Cancer (WATERworks Press, 2007); Women’s Rites: Feminist Liturgies for Life’s Journey (Pilgrim Press, 2003) and Return Blessings: Ecofeminist Liturgies Renewing the Earth (Pilgrim Press, 2002).





Dolly (Dolores) Pomerleau is a Maine native, transplanted in Maryland’s fertile soil. The crops have been abundant. She completed an MA in women’s studies at the George Washington University in the late 70s. In 1976, she co-founded the Quixote Center with Bill Callahan. During the ensuing years, Dolly co-founded the Women’s Ordination Conference, Potters for Peace, the Association for Rights of Catholics in the Church, and others. Her work at the Center has included the whole range of activities and responsibilities necessary to keep a vibrant organization moving forward. Dolly is a potter and a gardener – you can tell by looking at her hands and fingernails. She is also active in her town’s politics, not always a pretty sight. Technically retired, Dolly continues to work at the Quixote Center on a part-time basis. She loves the staff, the programs, and the outstanding people she has met through her work. Everyone should have a life as blessed as hers. - See more at:



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Julie Powell-Mohr has been with the Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community from its beginnings five years ago and is a part of the liturgy planning team. She is a retired language arts teacher, a gatherer of stories, and believes is the power of story to open our hearts.










Sarah Routman is a Leadership Instructor and a Wellness Advocate at the University of Minnesota and holds BA, BFA, and MA degrees. She is trained in Reiki and Reflexology and cares deeply about health and wellness. As a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher she has presented countless Laughter Yoga sessions including Women's Retreats. She inspires others to lead happier, healthier, more meaningful lives through laughter, which ultimately helps them to unlock their full potential. For more information about Sarah and Laughter Yoga, visit her website:, her Facebook page: 






Pat Schaffer was raised in Montreal, and studied at Trinity College in Washington DC, the London School of Economics, and Columbia Law School. Her law practice included work for Legal Assistance, The Civil Rights Division of Justice, and a law firm in Minneapolis where she specialized in Intellectual Property. She has lived in London, Geneva, and Lyons. She is now retired, and lives in Minneapolis with her husband, David Weissbrodt, a professor of law at the University of Minnesota. She has two children and two grandchildren.







Erica Sherwood currently works for & attends the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community in Minneapolis, MN. As the church’s new Family & Children’s Program Coordinator, she has been asking herself and her friends what it looks like to share genuine faith, stories, humaneness and community with young people. She puts her energy into relationships, building a healthy mind & body, good food and art.








After graduating from Westmont College, Sarah Spengeman worked for three years in San Francisco for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). There she managed IRCSF’s volunteer and community engagement programs, working to mobilize local communities to support the resettlement of refugees. Sarah then went on to earn her master’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame, completing a thesis on the significance of Christian theology for the formation of liberal feminism. Afterwards, Sarah taught at Holy Names High School in Oakland, where she designed social science curriculum that incorporated Catholic Social Teaching. Most recently, Sarah earned a Ph.D. in political science, specializing in political theory. Sarah has also been teaching political science courses at community colleges and is politically active at all levels of government, volunteering on both congressional and state-wide initiative campaigns. In January 2015, Sarah became the Policy Education Manager at NETWORK Lobby, a Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington D.C.





Mary Beth Stein is a lifelong Roman Catholic and is actively involved in her local Minneapolis parish.  She has a master's degree in theology from St. Catherine University and has taught theology there.  Mary Beth presently serves on the board of directors for Catholic Coalition for Church Reform and is on the executive committee of the Council of the Baptized.  She works actively for reform from within the Catholic Church.








Mike Tegeder is pastor of two parishes in south Minneapolis, St. Frances Cabrini and Gichitwaa Kateri, an American Indian community. He also is the current board president of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. His bulletin column is at









 Singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen is a weaver of song and community singing. At concerts, conferences, classrooms, workshops, retreats, jails, places of prayer, and lines of protest, to be with Sara is to want to sing. Increasing wonder and awareness, deepening spiritual connection, and widening social engagement through song is at the heart of her work. Sara's ability to get people singing magically transforms gatherings into communities empowered with possibility. In addition to her songwriting and solo performance work, Sara is the artistic director of “Three Altos,” a vocal trio composed of Thomsen, Rabbi Amy Bernstein and Dr. Paula Pedersen. She is the founder and director of the "Echoes of Peace Choir," a non-audition community choir in Duluth, Minnesota, with a repertoire of world music and a membership of 70+ voices. Extending from her work with the choir, Thomsen founded the Echoes of Peace

 non-profit committed to examining critical social issues using music and the arts as a means to build and bridge informed, engaged, and caring communities. More about Sara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 






Martha Turner, a native of Minnesota, has been Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics and Human Rights at the American Nurses Association since 2006. In 2006 she retired from active duty with the Air Force after 30 years as an AF nurse with the rank of Colonel. She now lives near St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been a member of the Quixote Intentional Eucharistic Community for over 10 years and a member of St Thomas Becket Parish. Martha is married to Charles Turner and has a grown son Michael, living in Washington DC. Over the years she has been active with the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, The Quixote Center and Visitation Convent Alumnae Association. Her educational preparation includes the University of Minnesota for a BS and PhD in Nursing, Loma Linda University for an MSN and Ball State University for an MA in Counseling Psychology.





John Veldhuis is a native of the Netherlands. He “married into” the NOVA Catholic Community IEC 15 years ago when he wed his wife, Nancy, who has been a member of NOVA for 32 years. John has served as Chair of NOVA for two years and several years as a member of the NOVA Peace and Social Justice Committee. He retired from a career in education in Canada as a teacher, principal, superintendent, professor, and twice as the founder and president of a university, first in Haiti and later in Uganda. He holds a Master’s in Educational Administration, a Ph.D. in Philosophy as well as a Diploma in Ministry. John most recently taught seminarians for this year’s first semester at the Bishop Lutaaya College in Uganda. John and Nancy live in Alexandria, VA.





Jane Via was born and reared in St. Louis, Mo., graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and from Marquette University with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies with an emphasis in New Testament.  Now retired, she taught theology for 9 years full time and several years part time at Catholic colleges and universities, then became a country prosecutor.  She was ordained a priest in 2006 on the Bodensee, founded a parish in San Diego, CA in 2005, and led the community for almost  9 years. She now assists the young woman priest and pastor as Pastor Emerita.  Her passion is justice in the church.






Mary Antonia Wilmes is a recently retired family attorney who has been an active member of the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community and its parent community, Church of St. Stephen in Minneapolis, MN for over 20 years. As a self-employed person, she has had the time to get very involved with the beloved community. Her church volunteer work became particularly intense when the community left the Church of St. Stephen on March 2, 2008, after only three weeks’ notice, and just three weeks before Triduum and Easter. She’s been involved with liturgy since 1992, doing many liturgy-related tasks. She also for years maintained a private community Yahoo group, which was eventually merged into the community website and email after the community became independent. With the split in 2008, she was involved in facing many urgent needs, including facilitating communication with all former St. Stephen’s members, both those who formed the Spirit and the “diaspora”, finding a place to worship, incorporating as a church, and having volunteers take on most of the work which had been handled by staff at the parent church.




Miriam Therese Winter, Ph.D., a Medical Mission Sister, is Professor of Liturgy/Worship and Spirituality, Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute, and Director of a new M.A. in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. She is author of a number of books, including eucharist with a small “e” and Paradoxology: Spirituality in a Quantum Universe. She also has published more than a dozen CDs of original sacred folk songs and hymns, including Joy is Like the Rain. Her memoir, The Singer and the Song: An Autobiography of the Spirit, read and sung on audiobook by folk icon, Janis Ian, recently received a nomination for Outstanding Audio Book Narration in the category of Biography from the national Society of Voice Arts and Sciences.