Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Card-Burke-3.5.15Born on June 30, 1948 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, Raymond Leo Burke attended Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI in 1975.

In 1984, Fr. Burke obtained his Ph.D in canon law. In 1994, Pope John Paul II ordained and named him Bishop of La Crosse, where he served nine years and where he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 2003, Bishop Burke became Archbishop of St. Louis where he served four years, and in 2006, he welcomed the AHC to establish its headquarters there.

In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Burke Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, of which he was already a member, and President of the Supreme Court of the Vatican City State.

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named him a Cardinal and appointed him Cardinal-Deacon of Sant’Agrat dei Goti. After his elevation to the College of Cardinals, the Holy Father appointed Cardinal Burke as a member of the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, and in 2011, a member of the Council of Cardinals and Bishops of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.

In 2014, Pope Francis named Raymond Leo Burke Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

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 Dr. Robert Fastiggi

Fastiggi-Robert-1848Robert Fastiggi (A.B., Dartmouth; M.A., Ph.D., Fordham) is a Catholic theologian and the current President of the Mariological Society of America (2014–2016). From 1985–1999, he taught at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, and since 1999, he has been on the faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI, where he is Professor of Systematic Theology.

In addition to his own publications, he served as the Co-editor of the English translation of the 43rd edition of the Denzinger-Hünermann Compendium of Creeds, Definitions, and Declarations on Matters of Faith and Morals (Ignatius Press, 2012) and the Executive Editor of the 2009–2013 supplements to the New Catholic Encyclopedia (Gale Cengage Learning in cooperation with the Catholic University of America).

He and his wife Kathy are the parents of three children: Mary, Anthony, and Clare.


Fr. Peter Stravinskas 

Fr.-StravinskasThe Reverend Peter M.J. Stravinskas was born in Newark, New Jersey, on December 25, 1950. He entered the seminary in 1968 and was ordained a priest in 1977.

Father Stravinskas holds a B.A. degree in Classical Languages and French, an M.A. in School Administration, an M.A. in Biblical Theology, a Doctor of Philosophy in School Administration, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology. He also has earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology.

He has taught in and administered Catholic educational institutions at the elementary, secondary, university, and seminary levels, serving as Professor of Education, Theology, and Classical Languages.

Father Stravinskas founded The Catholic Answer in 1987, editing that periodical for seventeen years. In 2004, he founded The Catholic Response; he has written or edited fifty-one books and more than 600 articles. He has conducted retreats and lectured in eighty dioceses of the United States and over a dozen abroad.

He is the founder and superior of the Priestly Society of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, a clerical association of the faithful which is committed to Catholic education, liturgical renewal, and the new evangelization. Father Stravinskas is also the Executive Director of the Catholic Education Foundation, an organization providing financial assistance to Catholic high school students and serving as a resource for heightening the Catholic identity of Catholic schools, likewise serving on the Research Faculty of the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England.


Fr. Jerome Treacy, S.J.

Fr.-Jerome-Treacy-gsRev. Jerome Frederick Treacy, S.J. was born on November 22, 1928 in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved from there to South Bend, Indiana at age 3. He attended a Catholic grade school, St. Matthew’s, followed by a public high school, James Whitcomb Riley, and then he entered Notre Dame University, graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1950. That same year, he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Part of his training was to teach Mathematics at a large Jesuit High School, St. Ignatius, in Cleveland, OH for two years.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1961 and spent the following year in spiritual formation in Austria. Then he began graduate work in Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. When his director became ill, his work was stopped, and he was sent to teach Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Later, he was sent to teach Mathematics at a high school in Covington, Kentucky. Eventually, he was asked to be a hospital chaplain in Cincinnati. After several years, still feeling he should be in Theology, he began graduate work at the Gregorian University in Rome, finishing the doctorate (S.T.D.) in 2004. He contracted blood cancer in 2007, and although he still suffers from its debilitating effect of fatigue, he is grateful that he is still able to function fairly well.


Dr. Andre Villeneuve

Dr-Andre-VilleneuveDr. André Villeneuve is Assistant Professor of Theology and Sacred Scripture at the St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Colorado.  He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013 as recipient of the “President’s Scholarship,” writing his dissertation on “Nuptial Symbolism at Key Moments of Salvation History according to Second Temple Writings, the New Testament, and Rabbinical Literature.”

While in Jerusalem, André also studied at the Salesian Pontifical University (Jerusalem campus), and he spent a semester at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as recipient of the Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Fellowship offered by the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies (2009).  He previously obtained an M.A. in Theology and Catechetics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville (2005), an M.A. in Jazz Saxophone from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria (1998), and a B. Com. from the University of Ottaway (1992).

Born in Ottawa, Canada, André grew up in a Catholic family but became agnostic in his early twenties.  While studying jazz in Austria, he volunteered with a Christian humanitarian organization assisting war refugees in Croatia and Bosnia, and this experience led to a dramatic conversion to Christ through an evangelical church.  After moving to Jerusalem to pursue biblical studies, André worked in the music department of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and became involved with the Messianic Jewish movement, serving as worship leader in a Messianic community in Tel Aviv.  His study of Judaism and early Christianity eventually led him back into the Catholic Church in 2002. His main areas of interest are the study of Sacred Scripture, the Jewish roots of the Catholic faith, and fostering the reconciliation of Israel and the Church through the work of Catholics for Israel.

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