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Tammy Becht

Director of “One Bread, One Cup,” Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Indiana

 "Maintaining Balance and Respite"

Tammy Becht is the director of the “One Bread, One Cup” summer liturgical leadership conferences for high school youth at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana. Having worked in parish youth ministry for a number of years, Becht has a heart for youth and those who minister to them. Joining her love for youth with her desire to engage them in the liturgy provides the perfect combination for her work at OBOC.

Becht is also a lay degree student at Saint Meinrad with graduation visible in the near-distant future. She and her husband live in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, and have four young adult children and six grandchildren.



Dr. Kathryn Lilla Cox

Associate Professor of Theology, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota

“Transcending Women’s States of Life: Insights into Our Giftedness from Scripture, the Rule of Benedict, and Infertility”

Dr. Kathy Lilla Cox has been at CSB/SJU and St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary since 2007. She teaches courses in fundamental moral theology and various areas of applied ethics. She earned her PhD in theology from Fordham University. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics.

Dr. Lilla Cox’s research and presentations explore the theology of infertility, the role of emotions in the moral life, conscience formation, and the intersection of science and theology. She has published an article on infertility, “Toward a Theology of Infertility and the Role of Donum Vitae,” in Horizons: Journal of the College Theology Society (June 2013). Her monograph, Water Shaping Stone: Faith, Relationships, and Conscience Formation (Liturgical Press, 2015) received a first place award from the Catholic Press Association in the Faithful Citizenship/Religious Freedom book category.



Dr. Ann Garrido

Associate Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri

“Challenging Conversations: Strategies for Working through the Conflicts We Face as Women in Ministry”

While her first passion is teaching, for the past 14 years, Dr. Ann Garrido has found herself increasingly drawn into administrative roles including (at varying points in time) serving as her school’s Director of the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Director of Field Education, Director of Distance Learning, and Director of the Aquinas Ministry Integration Project.

Dr. Garrido has served as senior editor of Human Development Magazine and is the author of five books, including Redeeming Administration (Ave Maria Press, 2013) and the forthcoming Redeeming Conflict (Ave Maria Press, 2016). Ann now commits half-time to traveling nationally and internationally doing conflict education and mediation work with Triad Consulting Group, an arm of the Harvard Negotiation Project based in Cambridge, MA. She and her husband have one son.



Sister Teresa Gunter, OSB

Vocation Director, Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana

"Ideas for Discerning a Religious Vocation"

Sister Teresa Gunter entered the Benedictine community in Ferdinand, Indiana, in 1992 and made final profession in 1999. She has served as a youth minister and teacher in Kentucky and Indiana and is now working in vocations. As she explains it, “I guess I have been working in the vocation field since I talked my friends in high school to go on retreats with me. It’s a never-ending vocation for Vocations.”



Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg

Professor of Systematic Theology, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

"Leading the Way: Discerning a Call to Lay Ecclesial Ministry"

Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg is the Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He taught previously at Xavier University in Cincinnati and at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Ph.D. in 2002.

Dr. Hahnenberg is the author or co-editor of five books – A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Theology for the Third Millennium (edited with Richard Gaillardetz, Liturgical Press, 2015), Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers (Liturgical Press, 2014), Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call (Liturgical Press, 2010), A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007), and Ministries: A Relational Approach (Crossroad, 2003) – and numerous articles in academic and pastoral journals.

He is currently a delegate to the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue and was a theological consultant to the U.S. Bishops’ Subcommittee on Lay Ministry in its preparation of the document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. In 2011, he received the Spirit of the Conference Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry in recognition of his contributions to the church’s ministerial life.



Sister Karen Joseph, OSB

Spirituality Ministry, Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, Board Member, Alliance for International Monasticism

“Harvest of Wisdom: Exploring the Heart of Benedictine Spirituality and its Timeless Values”

Sister Karen Joseph currently gives retreats and workshops in Benedictine spirituality to Benedictines throughout North America. She has participated in the Monastic Studies Program at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota, has served as a staff member of the Benedictine Women’s Renewal Program in Rome, Italy, and is currently a board member of the AIM - USA. Sister Karen works in the spirituality ministry program of the Ferdinand Benedictines.



Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid

Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/Latina Ministry, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

"Tragedy and the Cultivation of Hope"

Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid is associate professor of theology and Latina/o ministry at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. She has taught at Boston College since 2005. She holds a Ph.D. in systematic and philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California).

Her published work includes her book, Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juarez, (Fortress Press, 2011); a book she co-edited, Hope: Promise, Possibility and Fulfillment, (Paulist Press, 2013); as well as numerous articles addressing questions of soteriology, suffering, religious symbols, popular Catholicism, and Latina feminist theology.

She is currently working on a book on Guadalupe as a religious symbol, and is co-editing a book on the Holy Spirit. She is president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), vice president of the International Network of Societies of Catholic Theology (INSeCT), and a former board member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). She lives in Boston with her husband, Larry Gordon.


SrGuadalupeRamirez_photo.jpg Sister Guadalupe Ramírez, MCDP, D.Min.

Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Mexican-American Catholic College, San Antonio, Texas

"The New Horizon in Hispanic Female Leadership" (with Marina Pastrana)

Sister Guadalupe Ramírez is a Missionary Catechist of Divine Providence. She has been in pastoral ministry for over 40 years, as well as in leadership positions in her religious congregation.

Currently, she is an associate professor of pastoral theology at the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, as well as coordinator of the mentorship programs for Hispanic lay leaders and religious sisters from Latin American countries ministering in the U.S., initiatives of Catholic Extension Society.

Her parish work includes: Director of Catechesis, Pastoral Associate and Director of Ministries. In diocesan ministries, she has served as director of catechetical departments in Corpus Christi and Dallas, and Director of Hispanic Ministry in Beaumont. She served as Director of Pastoral Care at Mercy Hospital in Laredo, Texas, and as a member of the formation faculty at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio.

She holds a B.A. in religious studies from Our Lady of the Lake University and an M.A. in religious studies from the University of Incarnate Word, both in San Antonio. In 2013 she received her Doctor of Ministry degree in adult spiritual formation from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

She is committed to the spiritual and ministerial formation of the laity. She provides leadership formation for pastoral ministers, especially Hispanics, and serves as a workshop presenter in English or Spanish in catechetical, liturgical, and Hispanic ministry diocesan and regional conferences. She also facilitates retreats and parish missions.



Sister Kate Willegal, OSB

Nurse Clinician of Post-Surgical and Pediatric Services, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Indiana

"Women Transforming Healthcare Through Radical Loving Care" (with Sister Rose Mary Rexing, OSB)

Sister Kate Willegal, OSB, a member of the Ferdinand Benedictines, has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing. Sister Kate is an assistant professor of Nursing at Vincennes University Jasper Campus and is on the staff at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Indiana.


RoseMaryRexing_photo.jpg Sister Rose Mary Rexing, OSB

Executive Director of Mission Integration, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Indiana

"Women Transforming Healthcare Through Radical Loving Care" (with Sister Kate Willegal, OSB)

Sister Rose Mary Rexing entered the Ferdinand Benedictines in 1968. She earned a B.S. in mathematics from Indiana State University, Evansville campus. She taught math and chemistry at Forest Park High School and coordinated the High School Religious Education Program for over 20 years for St. Ferdinand Parish, in Ferdinand, IN.

In 1978 she pursued an M.A. in systematic theology, from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. She worked as the first pastoral associate at St. Ferdinand Parish for seven years until she was asked by her community to be director of vocations in 1988.

Beginning in 1993, Sr. Rose Mary created with her community a workshop titled “Awakening: A Rebirth of Enthusiasm in Vocations,” which has enriched over 1,500 religious and laity from 37 countries. In 1999 she was asked to be the development director, which she changed to Director of Mission Advancement and successfully raised the funds to restore the monastery church along with the necessary operational needs. She has a certificate in fundraising management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

After a six-month sabbatical in 2009, Sr. Rose Mary was hired for a new position at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center called Executive Director of Mission Integration. She oversees the Pastoral Care Department, Parish Nursing and Volunteers. Her primary responsibility is to ensure each member of the 1,500-person workforce lives out the mission and that all major decisions flow from the hospital’s mission, vision and core values.



Dr. C. Vanessa White

Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Ministry, Director of the Certificate in Pastoral Studies, and Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois

"A Ministry Mosaic: Intercultural Leadership in Today's World"

Dr. C. Vanessa White is assistant professor of spirituality and ministry, director of the Certificate in Pastoral Studies, and the director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union. The Tolton Program is a theological and spiritual/ministry formation program for Black Catholics who are pursuing graduate study in preparation for ministerial leadership at Catholic Theological Union.

She is also a faculty member for Xavier University’s summer Institute for Black Catholic Studies in New Orleans, as well as adjunct faculty for the African American Ministries Certificate program at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.

Dr. White is co-editor (with Cecilia Moore and Paul Marshall, SM) of Songs of the Heart and Meditations of the Soul (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007) and contributing author of Liturgy and Justice (Liturgical Press, 2002).

She has published articles in the National Religious Vocation Conference journal Horizons, New Theology Review, The Bible Today and U.S. Catholic Magazine. She contributed to CNN News’ “Black in America” series with a piece on Fr. Augustus Tolton and the experience of Black Catholics.

She is a regular contributor to Give Us This Day, a daily prayer journal published by Liturgical Press. She was appointed by Cardinal Francis George to the Tolton Guild, which promotes the cause of Fr. Augustus Tolton through education and spiritual programs. She is one of the three official lecturers on the cause of Fr. Tolton.

She is a consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service and she serves as a member of the Certification Commission for the Office of Catechesis and Youth Ministry.