Susan Bayard earned her MA in Pastoral Ministry and Post Master’s Certificate at Boston College. For 20 years she served as Pastoral Associate in a parish in Metrowest Boston, helping to nurture the faith lives of parishioners. It was a rich and reciprocal ministry time for her. The mother of 4 adult children, Susan is now Nana to 6 precious grandchildren. Although geographically scattered around the country, being part of each of these new little families brings joy to life and offers glimpses into the ways that nurturing our own and others’ faith lives is being lived differently than it was a generation ago. A former high school history teacher and long time student of meaning making stories, Susan treasures the opportunity and challenge all of this provides. Our understanding of how to be a beloved community evolves.
Paula Gendreau received her M.Ed. in religious education and a post-master's certificate in the practice of spirituality from Boston College. She also holds a B.A. in multiple disciplinary studies with a concentration in health and education from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Paula currently serves as a pastoral associate at Saint Julie Billiart Parish in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She has vast experience in religious formation and sacramental preparation. Over the years Paula has served on several diocesan religious education advisory boards and committees. A much loved part of her work in parish ministry finds her directing the RCIA process, as well as leading and forming leaders of small faith communities. She greatly enjoys serving STM Online: Crossroads as a regular online course facilitator, a role she has held since 2004.
Kathy Hendricks received her master's degree in adult Christian community development from Regis University in Denver and certification as a spiritual director from Benet Hill Center, Colorado Springs. She has worked as a pastoral minister, director of religious education, teacher, and catechist in diocesan offices, parishes and Catholic schools in Colorado, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada. She also served as parish life coordinator for Pax Christi Parish in Littleton, Colorado, administering the day-to-day operations of the parish in the absence of a resident pastor. Kathy is author of several books, including Everything About Parish Ministry I Wish I Had Known, and writes for various publications. She is a national consultant for William H. Sadlier and an editorial consultant for Twenty-Third Publications. She is a member of the Colorado Authors League and Spiritual Directors International.
Carolyn Weir Herman, holds undergraduate degrees in Theology and Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame; an M.A. in Theology from The Catholic University of America; and the Post-Master’s Certificate in the Practice of Spirituality and Ph.D. in systematic theology, both from Boston College. Prior to coming to Boston, Carolyn worked for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Departments of Education and Family, Laity, Women, and Youth. Presently, she serves as Director of Staff Formation at Xaverian Brothers High School, where she plans programs for faculty and staff to deepen their faith life and to support their understanding of the school's mission. In addition, she works as a spiritual director and serves on her parish council and school board.
Marianne Ivany is a 2011 graduate of St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Euclid, Ohio, where she earned an M.A. in theology and is also continuing her post-graduate religious education studies. She also holds a B.S. in applied science from Youngstown State University. Since 1999 Marianne has been involved in a wide array of religious education programs in her home parish, and she currently has a concentration in adult education. She is also a facilitator for the University of Dayton's online religious education program. In addition to her work in ministry, Marianne holds a position as a technical lab consultant for an outpatient rheumatology clinic in Akron, Ohio, where she has been employed since 1986.
Susan Kay holds the M.Ed. in Religious Education from Boston College, and for more than 25 years she has served the Archdiocese of Boston as an ecclesial minister. Her roles ranged from parish catechist and DRE to Archdiocesan Assistant Director of Religious Education-Director of Catechetical Ministry and Assistant for Ministry to Regional Bishop John McNamara. An adjunct professor in religious education for the Master’s in Ministry program of St. John’s Seminary, Boston, Susan also serves on various Archdiocesan interreligious and ecumenical initiatives. A religion consultant for William H. Sadlier Publishers, she has advised on the writing and editing of several books, and she has written for national publications. Susan has been named a National Catholic Education Association Catechetical Scholar.
Joan Kennedy received her master of theological studies degree in 2011 from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, with the aim of empowering the laity through adult faith formation programs. Since then she has presented her programs in parishes, retreat centers, private homes, and as a component of archdiocesan offerings. Joan earned a B.A. in biological sciences from Mount Holyoke College, a master of science degree in biobehavioral sciences from the University of Connecticut, and a certificate from the School of Spirituality at Mercy Center in Madison, Connecticut. She is an experienced teacher, businessperson, artist, and art museum docent. She is also a lifelong volunteer in Catholic milieux, having served at various times as religious education teacher, Eucharistic minister, lector, and parish council member.
Mary Lemire-Campion is a Pastoral Associate at St. John Chrysostom Parish in West Roxbury, MA where she does pastoral work in many areas including social justice, liturgy and adult faith formation. Her career includes a strong focus on education, first as a high school teacher, then in the publishing industry, and now both in the parish setting and online with Crossroads. Mary is also a freelance writer. She is a 2013 graduate of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry where she earned the M.A. in pastoral ministry. Mary also holds a B.A. in Spanish from Holy Cross College and an M.A. in Hispanic studies from Brown University. She has studied in Madrid, Spain, and enjoys the language and culture of Spanish speakers. She has been involved in small group Bible study, the ministry of marriage preparation, social justice projects, and pro-life education.
Katherine Maher has worked in the field of clinical social work providing counseling and advocacy services for children and families in a variety of clinical, legal, and educational settings. She is a trained spiritual director, with a background in Ignatian spirituality rooted in her experience in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Katherine has accompanied others on the Spiritual Exercises 19th Annotation Retreat and other retreat experiences at several retreat centers in the Boston area. She currently serves as the Spiritual Life Coordinator at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry where she received the M.A. in pastoral ministry. Her clinical training also includes a master’s in social work from Boston University and a 2-year certificate in spiritual direction and retreat programming from the Spiritual Life Center in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Anne Marie Mahoney earned the master’s degree in pastoral ministry and the post-master’s certificate in spiritual formation at Boston College as an older adult. She has worked in parish religious education in the Archdiocese of Boston as a director overseeing formation for kindergarten through high school as well as RCIA, baptism preparation, and adult programs. After doing more courses and workshops she moved into freelance bereavement work. She currently offers a bereavement program that utilizes the creative arts in both parishes and senior centers. Previously, Anne Marie worked in municipal government and was a high school English teacher.
Sara Milone is the director of campus ministry at an all-girls Catholic high school outside of Boston. Steeped in Jesuit education, Sara received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, a M.Ed. from Loyola Marymount University, and a Masters in Divinity degree from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Seeking to further accompany individuals through the act of holy listening and discernment, Sara completed her Post-Master’s Certificate of Spiritual Formation from Boston College in 2017. Her areas of ministry experience include high school campus ministry and education, parish youth ministry, college and young adult retreats, hospital chaplaincy, adult faith formation and spiritual direction.
James A. Mongelluzzo is a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where he has served as parish priest, cathedral rector, founding director of the diocesan office for worship, and diocesan master of ceremonies. He holds three degrees in sacred liturgy, including a master’s degree from the graduate program in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame, and a pontifical licentiate and pontifical doctorate from Weston Jesuit School of Theology formerly of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently, Jim teaches homiletics and sacramental theology at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, and offers occasional liturgy courses in the Continuing Education program at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, in addition to facilitating online courses. On weekends he ministers at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Leominster, MA.
Judi Pasino holds a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology (from Arizona State University), a Master of Divinity (from Boston University), and a Master of Social Work (Simmons College). A nationally certified chaplain, Judi has worked in schools and hospitals, work that awakened a deeply-felt calling to serve those who are aging, seriously ill and/or dying, and their loved ones. She hopes to bring both social work and spiritual care skills to working with these populations. Judi has also served in multiple ministries in her Catholic communities (having lived in 5 different cities!), including lectoring, Eucharistic Ministry, liturgical dance, and preaching reflections.
Janet Schaeffler, O.P., an Adrian Dominican Sister, spent many years in parish and archdiocesan faith formation ministry and served as director of adult faith formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit. She is currently ministering as a freelance consultant and presenter for catechetical/adult faith formation. Active in faith formation at the national level, Janet has been an elected officer of the executive committee of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), and continues to serve on the NCCL adult faith formation committee. She is the author of various publications, including Creative Connections for Catechists from A to Z: Catholic Social Teaching, A Prayerbook for Eucharistic Ministers, and Nuts and Bolts: Ideas and Practices for Adult Faith Formation. She is a regular contributor to Take Out: Family Faith on the Go and Catechist magazine, and she has also written hundreds of articles in catechetical and parish ministry.