|Dr. Dominic A. Aquila is currently Provost of Academic Affairs at the University of St. Thomas. He has thirty years of experience in public and private higher education. Among the institutions he has served are The Rochester Institute of Technology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Empire State College of the State University of New York, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ave Maria College and the University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, Indiana). A central focus of Dr. Aquila’s academic career has been curriculum design and implementation, including core curriculum reform at Franciscan University of Steubenville, the creation of Ave Maria College’s core curriculum, and core curriculum reform at the University of St. Francis. Dr. Aquila is also a Trustee and Chair of the Council of Scholars of the American Academy of Liberal Education, a member of the Board of Directors of Wyoming Catholic College, and an active participant and lecturer in the national Fides et Ratio seminars. In June 2007 he received the Spes Nostrae Award for service to Catholic Education from the National Association for Private and Independent Catholic Schools.
Dr. Aquila took his Bachelors Degree in Music from The Juilliard School, the MBA from New York University, and his Doctorate in History from the University of Rochester and the University of South Africa.
Before his career in higher education, Dr. Aquila performed as a timpanist and percussionist with the New York City Opera, the American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras and a number of Broadway shows. He also studied composition with Elliott Carter, David Diamond, and Samuel Adler, and served as Associate General Manager of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and General Manager of Garth Fagan’s Dance Theatre.
Dr. Aquila and his wife, Diane, are parents of eleven children.
|Dr. Michael Foley holds his doctorate in Catholic systematic theology and is an associate professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University. Before going to Baylor, he taught at Boston College and the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Foley has published over 100 essays and reviews ranging from scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals to popular or pastoral pieces in First Things, The Latin Mass, and The Wall Street Journal. His interests include theology, liturgy, political philosophy, film, and popular culture.
He authored Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday? The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and Wedding Rites: A Complete Guide to Traditional Vows, Music, Ceremonies, Blessings, and Interfaith Services (Eerdmans, 2008).
Foley has edited several books including Frank Sheed’s classic translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions (Hackett, 2006).
Foley has also appeared on numerous radio programs as well as several Eternal Word Television Network programs, including “EWTN Live” with Fr. Mitch Pacwa and “Bookmark” with Doug Keck.
A southern California native of Irish and French Canadian descent, Michael Foley now lives happily in unjustly defamed Waco, Texas, with his wife Alexandra and their six children. He is the Master of Ceremonies at his local parish for the celebration of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite and wishes he had more time for fishing, reading, and classic cars.
He and his wife Alexandra homeschool their five children: Catherine, Mary, James, Peter, and Monica.
|Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and writer in residence and visiting fellow at Thomas More College in New Hampshire. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (www.staustinreview.com), an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (www.ignatiuscriticaleditions.com), and executive director of Catholic Courses (www.catholiccourses.com).
The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Bilbo’s Journey, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean and Polish.
Prof. Pearce has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings.
He has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa and South America. He is also a regular guest on national and international television and radio programs, and has served as consultant for film documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Prof. Pearce relocated to the United States in 2001. He and his wife homeschool their two young children, Leo and Evangeline.
|Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a home educating mother of seven children. Her column, “Life in Our Domestic Church,” is regularly featured in The Long Island Catholic. She has spoken at numerous homeschooling conferences on topics such as socialization and the challenges of raising a special needs child. In her popular blog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House, Mary Ellen writes about daily life and happenings in her Catholic home. In addition, she writes about the Catholic celebration of Christmas in her blog O Night Divine. Currently, she is working on two books, a book about life as a mom of a large family and an Advent Book of Days. Besides writing and blogging, Mary Ellen enjoys cooking, sewing, photography, and studying Theology.|
|Mrs. Colleen Hammond is the author of Dressing with Dignity, and was a former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, a model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager. Colleen lived the “American Dream” and found it to be a nightmare! While working in television, she reverted to the Catholic Faith. The moment their first baby was born, Colleen “saw the light” and abandoned her highly successful career in television to become a stay-at-home-mother. Currently heard as a host of “St. Joseph Radio Presents”—available to 85 million people worldwide on WEWN—Colleen has also been asked to host a television talk show in Dallas, which may soon be syndicated.
Colleen is an award-winning writer, radio and television talk show host, educator, comedienne, and mother—all rolled into one! Acclaimed for her versatility, she delivers an enduring message filled with down-to-earth wisdom, inspiration, and humor. Colleen brings a fresh and creative approach to living joyfully, and has helped thousands of people every year to make positive and virtuous changes in their lives. A frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish events, Colleen addresses such timely issues as marriage, children, family, and values and virtues. Groups appreciate her real-life solutions to tough problems—presented with compassion, warmth, and a lively interactive style.
Colleen, her husband, and their four children currently reside in North Texas.