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|Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy was born into a very large Catholic family in Pennsylvania and attended Catholic school under the guidance of the Sisters of Divine Providence. He entered St. Fidelis College and Seminary in Herman, Pa. which was staffed by the Capuchin-Franciscan Friars where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts.
A talented and capable athlete in his youth, Father Angelus turned down an offer to play professional baseball as a left-handed pitcher for the Cleveland Indians to enter the Capuchin Novitiate in Cumberland, Maryland. On July 14, 1953, Father solemnly professed his perpetual vows as a Capuchin Friar.
Father’s theological studies took him to Capuchin College in Washington, DC for four years where he received a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. On June 4, 1955, Father Angelus was ordained to the priesthood at the hands of Bishop John McNamara in the crypt of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
From 1956 until 1966, Father Angelus served as the Director of the Secular Franciscan Order at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. In 1966, Father Angelus volunteered to work as a missionary in Papua New Guinea where he was spiritual director and teacher in the Pontifical Seminary of Madang for eleven years.
For three years, Father Angelus did pastoral work in the Mendi Diocese of the Southern Highlands. As a major part of his parochial ministry, Father and his parishioners built eleven permanent churches and three bush churches. While ministering to the needs of the people of Papua New Guinea, Father was privileged to baptize 1,227 men, women, and children. It was there also that Father’s fondness for swimming led to his mastery of walking in deep water for any distance – an unmatched record that was submitted to the Guinness Book of Records in London.
Father was reassigned to Western Pennsylvania in 1980. Under the auspices of St. Fidelis Retreat Center, he maintained a rigorous schedule of parish mission and renewals, preached and directed retreats, accepted parish help-outs, days of recollection and appointments for personal individual counseling. He continued this work for nine years out of St. Mary’s Friary, Export, PA and four years with St. Paulinus Church in Clairton, PA.
From 2001 – 2007, Father Angelus was stationed at EWTN in Birmingham, Alabama. There he served as Minister General to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Father Angelus was happy to be a part of the apostolate of the Eternal Word Television Network where he was able to preach to 128 million households throughout the world.
At the present time, Father is the National Executive Director of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers.
|Mr. Philip Gray and his wife homeschool their six children. With three left at home, they are hoping for a grandchild. Philip is a canon lawyer. His educational background includes studies in Philosophy, an undergraduate degree in Mental Health/Human Services and Theology, and licentiate and master’s degrees in Canon Law.
Philip founded Professional Canonical Services, a private canon law firm providing consultation and representation in the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church. He has worked as a social worker, counselor, diocesan tribunal administrator, adjunct professor of Theology and Canon Law, Vice-President of Catholics United for the Faith, and recently accepted the election as President of the St. Joseph Foundation. He is a consulter or director for numerous Catholic apostolates and religious orders, has published more than 50 articles on a variety of topics, and spoken at conferences and seminars from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria to Anchorage, Alaska. He holds a mandate to teach the sacred sciences from the Bishop of Steubenville.
|Mrs. Amy Kalscheur graduated from Marian College in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education and Mild Disabilities. After teaching in public schools for 2 years, Amy and her husband, Michael, decided that when their son was ready for school, they would begin by homeschooling instead of the traditional route. Amy and Michael now have 8 children, all of whom have been homeschooled since birth.
Amy is the treasurer for Holy Family Home Educators, and has been chairwoman of the Indianapolis Catholic Home School Conference since 2007. In addition to teaching at her local homeschool co-op, she also puts on children’s special events for the Knights of Columbus. She has been her husband’s campaign manager for 3 campaigns. Amy and Michael are active in their parish’s sponsor couple program, Blue Knights and lead the Little Flowers.
|Mr. Michael Kalscheur is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with around 20 years of experience in personal planning and institutional consulting. His firm, Castle Wealth Advisors, is an independent financial planning firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Kalscheur’s planning covers all aspects of a family’s finances, including goal setting, budgeting, retirement planning, estate and tax planning and risk management. However, as a homeschooling father of eight, he has also become an expert on college planning. Mr. Kalscheur speaks nationally on financial topics for businesses as well as family finances for homeschoolers.
Mr. Kalscheur currently sits on the Perry Township Advisory Board in Indianapolis, and is very involved with the Indiana state and local GOP. Michael is also the Family program director of the local Knights of Columbus, and is an active member of the German American Klub where he and his wife, Amy, practice ballroom dancing every week.
|Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of 12, has been homeschooling for over 20 years! While in New York, Mrs. Seuffert lectured, debated, and wrote a number of articles for the Pro-Life movement. After moving to Illinois, she became a founding member of the Network of Illinois Catholic Home Educators, helped establish the “Round Table” (a Catholic home school leadership discussion group), and became a founder and officer of the Catholic Home School Network of America.
In addition to appearing on EWTN, she has been a guest on numerous radio shows, lectured at Catholic family conferences all over the United States and Canada, and has authored several articles on such topics as home education, teaching children the virtues, and household management. The Illinois Press Association awarded her first place honors for a column she wrote defending traditional family values in a local newspaper. Seton Magazine regularly features her columns, and she has three published books, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials, Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home, and It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.