Full List of Speakers
Program Director of the Thriving in Ministry Initiative at the McGrath Institute for Church Life
Katherine’s substantial experience in youth ministry prepared her for her current work with the Thriving in Ministry Initiative, which works to prepare pastoral leaders for long-term ministry in the Church and also directs the Bishop John M. D'Arcy Program in Priestly Renewal. Though she currently resides in Granger, Katherine was born in Mexico and raised in Columbia, and frequently visits family in Knoxville, Tennessee and Bogota.
Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life
Since 2000, John has served as the Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame, inaugurating programs like the Echo program in catechetical leadership and the Notre Dame Vision program for high school students A renowned theologian and teacher, John is the recipient of the 2018 Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities' Monika K. Hellwig Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic intellectual life.
Director of Finance and Operations for the McGrath Institute for Church Life
Brian holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Before coming to Indiana, he served 11 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, flying the CH-46 helicopter in the Persian Gulf and Somalia.
Director of Undergraduate Studies at the McGrath Institute for Church Life
In addition to writing books, articles, and essays, Lenny speaks regularly in academic and pastoral settings on the saints, biblical catechesis, vocation and discernment, and the theological imagination, among other topics. Originally from Nutley, New Jersey but raised in Southern California, he now lives with his wife, Lisa, and their six children in South Bend, Indiana.
Senior Learning Designer for the McGrath Institute for Church Life
Since joining the McGrath Institute for Church Life in 2018, Clare has contributed her expertise in educational design and digital learning to extend the impact of the Institute’s many educational initiatives. Originally from central Ohio, where she grew up as the fourth of eight children, Claire now lives in South Bend with her husband, daughter, and her Glen of Imaal Terriers.
M.J. Murray Vachon, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist
M.J. Murry Vachon previously worked at CANCO, Midwest Family Resource (Chicago), and Healthworks!, currently uses her 33 years of experience in private practice. MJ has given over 600 workshops and was named Social Worker of the Year for Region 2 in 2011, and now lives in Mishawaka with her husband Dominic and is the mother of two adult children.
Director of Education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, Academic Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, Editor for the Church Life Journal
In addition to his work with the McGrath Institute for Church Life, Tim also researches and teaches at Notre Dame in the areas of liturgical-sacramental theology, marriage and family, catechesis, and spirituality. He is the founding editor of Church Life Journal, the online publication of the McGrath Institute for Church Life.
Director of Communications and Catholic media studies at the McGrath Institute for Church Life
Brett oversees outreach efforts for the Institute while conducting research at the intersection of religion, technology and culture. He studied marketing and English at the University of Notre Dame and received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia, and his essays on technology and culture have been featured in Wired Magazine, CNN, the LA Times and Catholic News Service.
Director of Multicultural Ministry for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
Darius previously held the position of coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and uses his experiences both in ministry and of growing up in the culturally and racially diverse city of Chicago to shape his current work. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife Lissette, and is pursuing graduate studies at the Catholic Theological Union.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katherine Angulo, Program Director, Thriving in Ministry Initiative, McGrath Institute for Church Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574.631.1192.