Dreamers and Visionaries
Kimberly BakerAssociate Professor of Patristics, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
Kimberly got her start in teaching as a child when she organized her stuffed animals into her first class. She grew up to have real-life students, first at the high school and college levels, and since 2012, at Saint Meinrad.
She earned her PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Her research specialty is Augustine’s preaching on the Church’s life as the Body of Christ in the world. She not only studies preaching but loves the opportunity to preach herself.
Kimberly’s interest in theology first developed during her two-year post-college campus ministry experience in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. She continues to treasure intercultural friendships and experiences. Currently, she teaches ESL at her parish and coordinates a community development project for a village in Togo, West Africa.
Rachel Forbes KaufmanFounding Director, Medical Professionals Retirement Institute, a ministry of Forbes Well-Being Advisors
After more than 30 years as a health care executive, Rachel Forbes Kaufman retired early, went through a time of discernment and then launched a ministry to equip and support the healing professionals in medicine and ministry.
Her research, writing and teaching now focus on how our sense of purpose and meaning change across our lifetime. In 2017 she founded The Retirement Institute, to help medical practitioners and others in her community discover and enjoy a purpose-filled second-half-of-life.
Agnes M. KovacsDirector, Continuing Formation and Associate Director, Graduate Theology Programs, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
Agnes Kovacs, a native of Hungary has lived in the United States for over 34 years.
She worked in parish ministry before joining the administration at Saint Meinrad. Her areas of interest include liturgy, sacramental theology, catechesis, prayer, and an appreciation for music, poetry and the visual arts.
As a mother and grandmother, Agnes is eager to help families recognize themselves as domestic church and deepen and broaden their life of prayer.
Janet K. Millen2014 Graduate Saint Meinrad School of Theology
Janet learned and experienced the gift of hospitality at a very young age from her mother, Joan. Regular extended family gatherings, with an abundance of food and drink, gave Janet a strong foundation in understanding the importance of maintaining relationships over shared meals during good times and bad.
This foundation of hospitality dovetailed into a deeper understanding of parish life in her family of faith and grounded her desire to build community through a myriad of volunteer roles. She created and developed a New Parishioner Welcome Team, chaired the Bereavement Ministry which hosted Comfort Meals for parish families, and more recently served on the Women’s Circle Leadership Team. The team expanded the Women’s Circle role in the parish offering women a variety of faith formation opportunities and events. This allowed women of all ages to connect with others and build strong relationships within the parish community.
Janet embraced Benedictine spirituality as a student of Saint Meinrad School of Theology graduating in 2014.
Sr. Jeana Visel, OSBDean of School of Theology Programs, Director of Graduate Theology Programs Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB is a Benedictine sister of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana. A northern Illinois native, she has a deep heart for the beauty of rural life and culture. Her education in religious studies, theology, monastic life, and spirituality has led to various positions teaching high school and graduate theology, and more extensive study and practice of Eastern Christian iconography.
Presently an administrator at Saint Meinrad, Sr. Jeana enjoys accompanying those discerning God’s call in their lives. She also loves using her voice for classical music and liturgical song.