EWTN's Catholic Experts


Jimmy Akin
Jimmy Akin is the Senior Apologist for Catholic Answers, Inc., a major US apostolate dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Faith, and publishers of THIS ROCK magazine.  He can be heard regularly on the Catholic Answers Live radio program.

Catholic Answers
2020 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 387-7200
Fax: (619) 387-0042

 

Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD
Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, graduated from Holy Apostle Seminary College in Cromwell, CT in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He completed graduate school in 1988 at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University and received a doctorate in Sacred Theology from LaSalle University in 2000. He is Managing Editor of “Sapientia Magazine,” a member of the Board of Directors of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, and co-host of Council of Faith, Crash Course in Catholicism, a weekly TV Series on EWTN. He has also co-authored seven books; Catholicism for Dummies, Women in the Bible for Dummies, Pope John Paul II for Dummies, Everything Bible Book, Essential Bible Book, 101 Questions in the Bible and The Catholicism Answer Book: The 300 Most Frequently Asked Questions. Fr. Brighenti, who was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Metuchen in 1988, also served as a U.S. Naval Reserve chaplain for ten years.


Judie Brown
Judie Brown is the founder and president of American Life League.

American Life League
1179 Courthouse Rd.
P.O. Box 1350
Stafford, VA 22554)
Phone: (540)-659-4171
Private email to: jbrown@all.org

 

Matthew Bunson,
Dr. Bunson serves as general editor of Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac and is the author or co-author of many books, including The Encyclopedia of Catholic History and The Encyclopedia of Saints. His most recent book is We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI. A senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (founded by Dr. Scott Hahn), Bunson also writes a column on Church history for THIS ROCK Magazine, published by Catholic Answers. He has a B.A. in history, two masters degrees with specializations in theology and Church history, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac
200 Noll Plaza
Huntington, IN 46750
website: www.catholicalmanac.com 

 

Warren H. Carroll, Ph.D.
Warren H. Carroll was the founding President, and later Chairman of the History Department, of Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. He is the author of the Church history series Christ the King, Lord of History and Isabel of Spain: The Catholic Queen, as well as many other history texts. While retired from Christendom College and EWTN’s Expert Forums, his knowledgeable answers continue to serve those looking for the truth.

Christendom College
134 Christendom Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630)

 

Colin B. Donovan, STL
Colin Donovan is Vice President for Theology at EWTN and host of the Friday edition of Open Line (3-5 pm ET) on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. He moderates, as well, the EWTN Theology Roundtable, a monthly series on EWTN television. In addition, he co-hosted, with author Desmond Birch, Last Things: In Time and Eternity, a series on Eschatology and the End Times (EWTN Religious Catalogue item HDLT).

A layman, Mr. Donovan has the Licentiate in Sacred Theology, with a specialization in moral theology, from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, where he wrote on the Donation of the Spouses in Marriage. He earned the B.Th. from the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC, Canada, and the BA in Biological Science from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Prior to coming to EWTN in 1995, he taught Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville, as well as served in the U.S. Navy as a shipboard Communications Officer.

EWTN
5817 Old Leeds Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35210
Phone: (205) 271-2900

 

Anthony Dragani, Ph.D.
Dr. Anthony Dragani is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania. He has an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University. A Byzantine Catholic, Dr. Dragani frequently lectures and writes on topics related to spirituality and ecumenism. While no longer serving as a forum moderator, Dr. Dragani's answers remain accessible to our visitors through the database search engine.

 

Mr. Robert J. Flummerfelt, JCL
Mr. Robert J. Flummerfelt, J.C.L., J.D., Esq., received his licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America in 1999. He has served in parish ministry and currently serves as a canon lawyer in private practice. Robert also earned his civil law degree (J.D.) at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law in 2008. He was admitted to practice before all Nevada Courts and the United States District Court in Nevada in 2008 and currently works as an attorney in private practice. Robert continues to practice canon law focusing on annulment ministry and inter-ecclesial issues, where he has published and lectured.

 

Peggy Frye
Peggy Frye has been on the staff of Catholic Answers Inc., an apostolate dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Faith, since 1995. Formally an Evangelical Christian, she entered the Catholic Church in 1991.

Catholic Answers
2020 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 387-7200
Fax: (619) 387-0042

 

Father Mark J. Gantley, JCL
Father Mark J. Gantley, JCL, is the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1991 for the Diocese of Syracuse and received his licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1998.

 

Dr. Richard Geraghty
Dr. Richard Geraghty is professor of philosophy at St. Joseph’s House of Studies, the college-level facility of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, at EWTN. Prior to coming to EWTN, Dr. Geraghty taught philosophy for 18 years at the University of Dayton, Providence College, and St. John’s College Seminary. Dr. Geraghty earned his BA in philosophy at the University of Dayton, an MA in English from Ohio State University, and his MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto, where his thesis was entitled "The Object of Moral Philosophy According to St. Thomas Aquinas."

EWTN
5817 Old Leeds Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35210
Phone: (205) 271-2900
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David M. Gregson, Ph.D.
Dr. Gregson is a member of the theology department at EWTN, working primarily with Online Services. He did his undergraduate studies in English at Penn State University, spent four years in the US Navy, and then studied for his doctorate in philosophy at Temple University in Philadelphia. The topic for his dissertation was St. Augustine’s “Trinitarian Metaphysics of Knowledge.”

EWTN
5817 Old Leeds Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35210
Phone: (205) 271-2900

 

Fr. John Echert, S.S.L.
Father Echert is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, ordained in 1987. He is a member of the faculty of The Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota and teaches Sacred Scripture. He is also an adjunt faculty member of the University of St. Thomas. Father Echert has the Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (S.S.L.) degree from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome with additional graduate studies at the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem. He is also a military chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Father Echert writes a column on the monthly readings of the Mass for "The Catholic Servant," a monthly publication for Evangelization, Catechesis and Apologetics available on the internet at www.catholicservant.org .

 

Karl Keating
Karl Keating is the founder and President of Catholic Answers, Inc., a major US apostolate dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Faith, and publishers of THIS ROCK magazine.

Catholic Answers
2020 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 387-7200
Fax: (619) 387-0042

 

Fr. Thomas J. Loya, STB, MA.
Fr. Loya is pastor of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen, IL.
He is a conference speaker for TOBIA (Theology of the Body International Alliance) and a member of the Tabor Life Institute for formation and education in the theology of the body. Fr. Loya is host of "Light of the East Radio" which is heard on EWTN Radio affiliates as well as on other Catholic radio stations and also online at www.byzantinecatholic.com. Fr. Loya is also host of the radio program, "A Body of Truth" on www.catholicradiointernational.com He writes a monthly column in the Homer Horizon newspaper on "A Theology of the Body." Fr. Loya has an art background and some of his church mural work can be seen by going to www.byzantinecatholic.com

 

NFP Outreach
Father Daniel McCaffrey was ordained in 1958. A year later he departed for the Moslem country of Pakistan where he served for over eight years as a missionary. Father holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. In 1968, during the Vietnam Conflict Father joined the United States Army Chaplain Corps. During more than twenty years of active duty he served in Vietnam, Korea, Germany and Honduras, as well as numerous army installations throughout the United States.

During his ministry he has worked in the Apostolate of Marriage Enrichment establishing successful Natural Family Planning programs on the diocesan and parish levels. Father is a priest in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Rev. Richard M. Hogan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 31, 1951, the oldest of six children. He attended Catholic grade school and high school, graduating summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 1973 with a B.A. in history. The next year was spent studying history at the University of Munich in Germany on a Fulbright grant. Returning to the Twin Cities, Fr. Hogan attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota earning a M.A. and Ph.D. in medieval history in 1975 and 1978 respectively. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1981. 

Since his ordination, he has co-authored two books on the theology of Pope John Paul II with his classmate, the Rev. John M. LeVoir, also of the Archdiocese of St. Paul. In these books, the two priests argue that Pope John Paul II has a new way of presenting the Catholic faith more appropriate to our century. Seeing the need to teach young people the Pope's new understanding of the faith, Fr. Hogan was one of the authors and
editors of the Image of God series, a textbook program for use in Catholic religion programs for grade-school age children. In addition to this work, Fr. Hogan has been a pastor and served several parishes in the Twin Cities. 

Fr. Matthew Habiger was ordained in 1968.  He has held a variety of positions in the service of the Church.  His first assignment was to a large parish in Burlington, Iowa where for four years he experienced the many challenges made upon a parish priest.  His next assignment was four years as Newman chaplain for the University of Kansas.  Here he discovered the need of the Church to address the intellectual life.  During the summers  of these eight years he acquired a masters degree in catechetics and a masters degree in academic theology.  

In 1976 he was assigned to teach theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and to be the college chaplain.  This familiarized him with the problems and challenges of higher Catholic education.  Between 1980 and 1985 he earned a doctorate in moral theology at the  Catholic University of America, under the direction of Dr. William E. May.  For the next five years he resumed teaching theology and served as college chaplain at Benedictine College.  

In 1990 he began a ten year tour of duty proclaiming the Gospel  of Life throughout the world, as a member of Human Life International, where he eventually served as President and Chairman of the Board.  He has done two series for EWTN, on Catholic Social Teaching and on the 25th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, and was a guest on various EWTN shows.  He has lectured extensively throughout the world in 55 countries to a wide variety of audiences on the life issues, and has first hand experience of the problems confronting the culture of life.  

[In December of 2000 he returned to St. Benedict's Abbey, where he was the Director of Retreats, while also giving NFP Weekend Parish Missions, and providing occasional Hispanic Outreach, Prison Ministry and serving as Abbey Librarian.]

In July of 2003 he accepted a full time position with NFP Outreach,  which provides NFP weekends at Parishes and Parish Missions based on the four pillars  of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  He also provides seminars on the Theology of the Body, and Clergy Conferences to help priests and deacons address these issues from the pulpit.
 

NFP Outreach
3366 NW Expressway
Bldg. D, Suite 630
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Phone: 405.942.4084 
Fax: 405.942.4022
Email: nfpoutreach@nfpoutreach.org
www.nfpoutreach.org

 

Fr. Robert J. Levis
Fr. Robert Levis is the founding director (emeritus) of the Graduate Catechetical Institute, a pontifical institute at Gannon University.  He has produced several resources to teach the Faith to young people including the interactive software "Catalog of Faith" and "Restless Teens & Faith". His book for youth, Jesus, the Catechism, & Me, is available through EWTN's Religious Catalogue.

Although retired from teaching and from EWTN’s Expert Forums, Fr. Levis continues to educate through the Forum’s database of his past answers.

Gannon University
Graduate Catechetical Institute
Erie, PA 16541

 

Jason Morin
Mr. Jason Morin, JCL, currently serves as Advocate and Defender of the Bond for the Canadian Appeal Tribunal. He earned his licentiate in canon law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada and his master's degree in canon law from the University of Ottawa. He is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing ecclesiastical (JCD) and civil (PhD) doctorates in canon law from St. Paul University and the University of Ottawa respectively.

 

Fr. Luis Rodriguez
Fr. Rodrigues was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn NY. He went to High School and University in Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He completed his Theology Studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He was ordained on May 22, 1993 in St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA. by the deceased Most Rev. Nicholas C. Dattilo. He is currently Pastor of St. Benedict Church in Lebanon, PA. He speaks both Spanish and English.   

Rev. Fr. Luis R. Rodriguez, Pastor
St. Benedict the Abbot
1300 Lehman Street, Lebanon, PA 17046

 

Fr. Vincent Serpa
Ordained in 1968, Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P. has worked in radio, parish ministry and as novice master for the Dominican Order's western province. In 2000 he joined Catholic Answers where he serves as an apologist and chaplain to the staff.

Catholic Answers
2020 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 387-7200
Fax: (619) 387-0042

 

Father Jonathan S. Toborowsky
Fr. Jonathan (Jay) Toborowsky was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Metuchen (New Jersey) in 1998.  A native of Port Reading, NJ, Fr. Jay is a convert from Judaism and was baptized in 1990. He attended Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy, and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, where he earned a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts Degree in Theology (specializing in Church History). He has served as Associate Vocations Director for the Diocese, as well as diocesan committees such as the Presbyteral Council and the Commission for Historical Records. Since 2003, he has been the host of "Proclaim the Good News", the Diocese of Metuchen's weekly radio show. With Frs. Brighenti and Trigilio, he is co-author of the book, John Paul II for Dummies.

 

Fr. Stephen F. Torraco
Father Torraco was the Associate Professor of Theology at Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts and Executive Director of the Society for the Study of the Magisterial Teaching of the Church. He also served as a consultant for the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, and for the Cardinal Kung Foundation in Connecticut. He was author of various books and articles on moral theology, medical ethics, the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the spiritual life, as well as the perennially popular Brief Catechism on Voting, as well as host of several EWTN series on moral theology.

Although Father Stephen returned to the Lord on 27 September 2010, he continues to teach through his answers to questions in EWTN’s Forum database.

 

Fr. John Trigilio
Fr. John Trigilio, Jr., Ph.D.,  was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Harrisburg in 1988 by William Cardinal Keeler after completing his studies at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA. A native of Erie, PA, Fr. John attended St. Mark High School Seminary and Gannon University.  He has served as a hospital chaplain, as an Auditor of the Harrisburg Marriage Tribunal, and in parish work. Fr. John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and Editor of the Confraternity's international newsletter. He is a cooperator in Opus Dei, and the founder of the Fraternity of Mary (Fraternitas Marialis Regina Cleri).

 

 

Mr. Michael Trueman, JCL
Mr. Michael Trueman, M.Div., J.C.L., currently serves as assistant chancellor, ecclesiastical judge, and instructor of Privilege of the Faith cases for the Archdiocese of Detroit.  He is the co-author of two question and answer books on church law (Surprised by Canon Law, Volumes 1 and 2, Servant Books, 2004, 2007).

 

 

Mr. Carlos Venegas, JCL
Mr. Carlos Venegas, JCL earned his licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical College of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome and has served in tribunal ministry for fourteen years. Most recently, Mr. Venegas has served as a Judge and Staff Canonist. For the Diocese of Boise Tribunal. His area of expertise is annulment ministry.

 

 

Jan Wakelin
Jan Wakelin has been on the staff of Catholic Answers Inc. an apostolate dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Faith, since 1998. She holds a Masters degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas.

Catholic Answers
2020 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 387-7200
Fax: (619) 387-0042

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