2017 Formation Summit Speakers
* 2018 Speakers will be posted on this page as they are confirmed.
Bishop Kevin W. Vann was born on May 10, 1951 in Springfield, Illinois. He is the oldest of six children of William M. Vann Jr. and Theresa Jones Vann. He is a graduate of Springfield’s St. Agnes Grade and Griffin High Schools. He attended Springfield College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Millikin University, located in Decatur, Illinois. After working three years as a medical technologist, he entered the seminary in l976, spending a year at the Immac-ulate Conception Diocesan Seminary in Springfield and four years at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in theology.
After his ordination on May 30, l981, he was assigned to graduate studies in Canon Law at the Angelicum in Rome, with residence at the graduate house of the North American College in Rome, the Casa Santa Maria dell’ Umilta.
Upon returning to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Father Vann was involved in the work of the Diocesan Tribunal and the Tribunal of Second Instance in Chicago. He served as pastor of parishes ranging in size from 35 to 1,300 families, two of which had large schools. He taught Canon Law at Kenrick Seminary. Before he was named bishop, he was pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield, Vicar for Priests, and the Diocesan contact for Hispanic Ministry.
Bishop Vann was ordained and installed as the third bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Texas Christian University’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
In Texas, he collaborated closely with other bishops through the Texas Catholic Conference and Region X which includes dioceses of States of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He is the former Texas Bishops’ Liaison to the Texas Mission Council and Texas Catholic hospitals. And, through the U.S. Conference of Bishops, he works with bishops across the United States as well as globally.
Bishop Vann was a leader in the Texas Conference of Bishops, providing leadership for various initiatives at the national level, including service on ad hoc committee which assisted the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church of the United States. He is a member of the USCCB Committee on Migration, as well as the Canonical Affairs Committee. Bishop Vann is the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith’s Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision in the United States.
On September 21, 2012, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Bishop Kevin W. Vann as the fourth Bishop of Orange.
Chris Baglow is from New Orleans, LA, where he serves Notre Dame Seminary as a Professor of Dogmatic Theology. He received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University. Baglow’s creative work includes Faith, Science, Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge (Midwest Theological Forum, 2010), a high-school religion textbook on the relationship between the Catholic faith and modern science, and the seminary course Emergence of the Image: Human Evolution from Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Perspectives. He also serves as Director of STREAM™ (http://www.stmarysdominican.org/stream/), a program of faculty development and educational excellence at St. Mary’s Dominican High School (New Orleans, LA) which seeks to implement the Church’s vision of Catholic education as a synthesis of faith, culture and life in the light of the Gospel.
Dr. Christina McShane received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA and her Bachelors Degrees in Communication Arts and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Her training has included special emphasis on the integration of Psychology and Theology. She currently provides therapy and assessment to children, adolescents, families, and adults at Journeys Counseling Center in Tempe, Arizona.
Christina is passionate about individual and organizational health. In addition to her clinical work, she provides coaching, consultation, workshops and trainings for leaders and organizations to help in achieving healthier leaders and cultures and stronger teams.
Kevin Kijewski, J.D., currently serves as Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Denver. Previously, Kijewski served as Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Before coming to Philadelphia, Kijewski resided in Grosse Pointe, Mich., where he served as a dean of a business school and practiced law as an alternative dispute resolution attorney. Kijewski also served as an Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership in the Doctor of Education program at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
Kijewski holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, summa cum laude, from the University of Detroit, a Master of Arts in Economics from Walsh College, a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Michigan State University. Prior to positions in educational administration and law practice, Kijewski taught high school social science at Bishop Machebeuf High School as a University of Notre Dame ACE Teaching Fellow from 2005-2007. His redesigned social science instructional approach made Bishop Machebeuf a top twenty national school in social science education for two consecutive years on the Catholic High School Honor Roll.
Mr. Meyer hails from Chicago and is privileged to serve the JSerra community as President. After graduating from college, Mr. Meyer worked in sales until discovering his true vocation as an educator. After completing his graduate studies in education, he and his family moved overseas to Spain where he taught middle school English. Upon his return to the United States, he taught Spanish and English for seven years in Illinois. Prior to coming to JSerra, Mr. Meyer spent six years as the headmaster at an all-boys college prep school. Thrilled to be in Southern California where the sun is plentiful and the mosquitoes are scarce, he and his wife, Anne, have been blessed with eight children. His biggest curse in life has been recently lifted as his beloved Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series.
Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen was born in Berkley, California and moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of five. She converted to Catholicism during her sophomore year and entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in 1982. In 1997, she and three other Sisters founded the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sister has been involved in Catholic education for over 25 years as both a teacher and administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. In 2001, she co-authored with Carol Kennedy, Remain in Me, a Faith Formation curriculum for catechetical instruction. Sister currently serves as the Principal of Spiritus Sanctus Academy in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
From her experience in administration and teacher she has developed Disciple of Christ-Education in Virtue a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. It has been developed in response to the call for a New Evangelization, firmly conveying the reality that happiness is found in a life of holiness.
Sr. Mary was born in Waterbury, Connecticut – third of six children to James and Phyllis Sullivan. She attended a small Catholic grade school and a public High School. Upon graduating high school she attended Providence College and Rhode Island Colleges as an undergrad – obtaining a Bachelor’s in Nursing with a concentration in gerontology.
Prior to entering the convent, she served for 6.5 years as an RN in the Air Force, and continued in this profession until entering religious life. She was midway through a Master’s Program in Theology and Bioethics at Holy Apostles Seminary and College when the Lord called her and she said yes.
Sr. Mary entered the Sisters of Life in 1999 and made final vows in 2007. In the Community, she has served as the Vocations Director, Postulant Director, the Local Superior at the Holy Respite in Manhattan (the home for moms and babies), the Director of the Family Life / Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of NY, and is currently serving in our Hope and Healing ministry to those who have suffered after abortion.
Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg is a Catholic convert, husband, father, Catholic writer and speaker on matters of Faith, culture, and education. He teaches, theology and philosophy at Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta. Steven is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board and writer of curriculum at the Sophia Institute for Teachers, a senior contributor to The Imaginative Conservative, a contributor to the Integrated Catholic Life, Crisis Magazine, The Civilized Reader, The Standard Bearers, and Catholic Exchange. He is also a board member at Ave Maria Academy and a Senior Fellow at the American Principles Project.
Zach is passionate about bringing the truth of God's love to the youth culture of Southern California, in and through the Catholic Church. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and has accumulated ten years of experience in parish and school-based ministry. In particular, he has worked as a parish youth minister, and has experience with a variety of Catholic ministries, including LIFETEEN, FOCUS, Totus Tuus, and Dirty Vagabond Ministries. He has met and ministered to teens across the country from Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio, Maryland, California and beyond, through locally-based youth ministries, leading retreats, international and domestic mission trips, worship nights, and speaking engagements. He is thrilled to collaborate with his fellow campus ministers and faculty as they seek to awaken a faith stirring among the young people they encounter.
John Rocha became Ozark Catholic Academy’s founding Head of School in August 2016 and is leading all aspects of the school’s founding and development. Most recently, John helped found Western Academy, an independent Catholic liberal arts school for boys. There he served as both Director of Development, raising millions of dollars, and as a member of the school’s Administrative Council, helping to manage the school’s daily operations. Prior to Western Academy, John was Academic Director for the Free Enterprise Institute where he developed and implemented educational programs for teacher professional development. In his later years at the Institute, he also served as its Director of Institutional Advancement.