Maria Elena Monzani received her PhD from University of Milano and University of Paris 7, working on Solar Neutrinos. She was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University in New York and is currently working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. Her research field is astroparticle physics, which focuses on issues at the intersection between particle physics and astrophysics/cosmology. She leads the Science Operations Team for the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope. Currently, her main research focus involves the search for Dark Matter.
Luigi Giussani was born in Desio, near Milan, Italy. He was was an Italian Catholic priest, educator, public intellectual and founder of the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation (Comunione e Liberazione). Father Giussani grew up in a house that was—to use his words— "poor in bread but rich in music," so that from the very beginning he was touched, or, better, wounded, by the desire for beauty. He was not satisfied, however, with just any ordinary beauty, with beauty however banal; he sought rather Beauty itself, infinite Beauty, and thus he found Christ. In Christ he found true beauty, the path of life, true joy.
Born in Forli, Italy, Alberto Savorana holds a degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Bologna. He began his career in journalism at the press office of the Holy See in 1984. In 1987, he went to work with the Italian news company RAI-USA in New York City. From 1994 to May 2008 he was the director of Tracce, the monthly magazine of Communion & Liberation. He is currently the director of the press and public relations office of Communion & Liberation, and director of the movement's various publishing efforts. Since June 2009, he has lead the publishing and science departments of the Foundation for Solidarity.
Patrick Deneen holds a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. From 1995-1997 he was Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency. From 1997-2005 Deneen was Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton University and from 2005-2012 he was Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, before joining the faculty of Notre Dame in Fall 2012. The author and editor of several books and numerous articles and reviews, Deneen has delivered invited lectures around the country and several foreign nations.
Published books include:
The Odyssey of Political Theory, 2000 (Rowman and Littlefield) Democratic Faith, 2005 (Princeton) Democracy's Literature (ed.), 2005 (Rowman and Littlefield) The Democratic Soul (ed.), 2011 (University Press of Kentucky) Redeeming Democracy in America (ed.), 2011 (University Press of Kansas)
Raphael Arza, is a Graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology. He is currently working on his Masters at the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America.
Amy Sapenoff is a high school teacher at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland where she teaches Social Studies at all levels. Amy attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and received her Master's in Political Theory from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Las Cruces
Bishop Ramírez was born in Bay City, TX and is the second of two sons. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 10, 1966 in Houston, Texas as a member of the Congregation of St. Basil. He was named Titular Bishop of Vatarba and Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio on October 27, 1981, by Pope John Paul II and was ordained to the Episcopacy on December 6, 1981, in San Antonio, Texas, by Archbishop Patricio F. Flores. On October 18, 1982, he became the first Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Francis is a graduate student at the Catholic University of America, pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy. Before going to graduate school, he earned a degree in English and Philosophy from Benedictine College, and taught religion at DeMatha Catholic High School. He currently resides in Silver Spring, MD with his wife Lindsay.
Paige S. Sanchez is Associate Superintendent for Mission Effectiveness in the Office of Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. She is a graduate in English Literature and Education from The Catholic University of America and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Mrs. Sanchez has published several articles on Catholic education and educational pedagogy. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Well-Read Mom (wellreadmom.com).
Fr. José Medina is the national leader of the Catholic ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation. Father Medina is a native of Spain and a member of the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo. He received his civil engineering degree from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, a Bachelors of Sacred Theology from the Pontificia Universita Lateranense in Rome, Italy and a Master in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Annemarie Bacich has worked as a high school teacher since 1999, working in a variety of school environments across the country. She served as a Vice Principal and Director of Curriculum from 2010 to 2014. Annemarie received an MA in Romance Languages from UC Berkeley and an Ed.M in Private School Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia. She also earned a teaching Credential from the Catholic University in Washington D.C. She currently teaches Religion and Spanish in Los Angeles, CA.
Tom Tobin has taught English literature in Washington area schools since 1985. He implemented the literature component of the International Baccalaureate program at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring and taught there until 2005. For the last 9 years he has taught a Great Books literature course at the Avalon School, an independent Catholic school in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, author, theologian, and New York Times Magazine contributor, is a physicist by training. He holds the degree in Space Science and Applied Physics as well as a Master’s Degree in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome. He is co-founder and has been a professor at the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC. He has taught at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY, and from 1996 to 1997 served as President of Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce.
Vincent Petruccelli is a senior at Benedictine College, Atchison Kansas, studying literature, philosophy, and classical languages. He is an aspiring writer and poet having been published on The Gregorian and Loomings Magazine.
Damian Bacich, PhD is an educator, translator and writer from California, where he teaches courses on language and literature at a large public university. Dr. Bacich holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA and lives with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
John Waters is an Irish journalist, author and playwright. His first book, Jiving at the Crossroads (1991), about the cultural underbelly of Irish politics, was a bestseller. His other publications include Race of Angels (1994) a study of the roots of U2’s music in Irish history and culture, The Politburo Has Decided That You Are Unwell (2004), Lapsed Agnostic (2007) and Beyond Consolation (2010). His award-winning plays include Long Black Coat (1994) and Easter Dues (1997). He writes a popular weekly column for the Irish Times. He and his daughter Roisin live in Dublin.
Called by Father Giussani to share in the responsibility of the leadership of the Movement, Father Julián Carrón has been President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation since March 19, 2005, and Ecclesiastical Assistant to the Memores Domini since May 13, 2005. Julián Carrón was born in 1950 in Navaconcejo (Cáceres, Spain). He was ordained a priest in 1975, and the following year he obtained a degree in Theology, specializing in Sacred Scripture at the Comillas Pontifical University.
Stephen Sanchez is originally from El Paso, Texas but lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, with a major in Philosophy and Government, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Fordham. He was a teacher and Pastoral Youth Director for thirteen years, and is currently the Founding Director of ComUnidad Juan Diego, an educational, pastoral, and social services initiative for Latin American immigrants in the Archdiocese of New York. He is the English Editor of Traces Magazine, the international magazine of Communion and Liberation.
Born in Italy, Matteo moved to the USA in 1999. He has recently recieved a degree in Applied Science Technology - IT from Thomas Edison State College and will be married in May of 2015.