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Meet Anne Walsh, D.Min., Redemptorist Lay Missionary

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Anne Walsh is a native Newfoundlander who was born, raised and received her early education in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is a Lay Missionary of the Most Holy Redeemer, and currently works with the Redemptorists as Special Assistant for Partnership in Mission and as a member of the Redemptorist Adult Faith Formation Team. Anne is a teacher, and has taught at all levels in Newfoundland and Labrador schools , and served as a coordinator of religious education at the School Board and Diocesan levels. Anne has worked in youth ministry and university chaplaincy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Education), a Diploma in Fine Arts, a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and a Master of Religious Education. Dr. Walsh received her Doctor of Ministry degree at St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton. She is a member of the CCCB National Advisory Committee on Adult Catechesis, co-chair of the Partnership in Mission Commission for the English-speaking Redemptorists in Canada, co-chair of the Redemptorist North American Secretariat for Partnership in Mission, a member of the Redemptorist General Secrétariat for Evangelization and chair of the Redemptorist General Commission for Partnership in Mission. She was the principal writer for On Good Soil: Pastoral Planning for Evangelization and Catechesis with Adults.


Meet Sr. Elizabeth Davis, RSM


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Elizabeth Davis, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland and Labrador, was first a high school teacher in four schools in Newfoundland, then Administrator of St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s (1986-1994) and President /CEO of the Health Care Corporation of St. John’s (1994-2000). She is presently pursuing doctoral studies in the Bible at the University of Toronto. She has been a member of the Medical Council of Canada, the National Board of Medical Examiners (USA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Catholic Health Association of Canada, Regis College, the Canadian Biblical Association, the Trudeau Foundation and Dalhousie University’s Management Program for Physicians.She has received honorary degrees (Doctor of Laws) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Manitoba, has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, has received the Bread and Roses Award from the Canadian Federation of Nurses’ Unions, has been named Alumna of the Year for Memorial University, has been inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and has received the CFPC-Scotiabank Family Medicine Lectureship Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Meet Sr. Moira Quinn, OSsR, Prioress, Redemptoristines


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Sr. Moira Quinn OSsR is the prioress of the New York-based Redemptoristines. Redemptoristines world- wide are the sister community to the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, also known as the Redemptorists.


She is the author of Here I Am:

The Life of John the Baptist. (2014).


Book summary: Here I Am is a novel based on the life of John the Baptist. From the moment of his conception to his horrific death, you follow his life as a confused young man searching for his identity, to a man in love with a woman whom he cannot take as a wife, to the prophet who finally becomes the powerful voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way!”


Sr. Moira is a frequent blogger on the Redemptoristine site

(www.rednuns.org) and recently attended the beatification ceremony of Redemptoristine foundress, Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa. Sr. Moira frequently writes about Blessed Celeste in her blog, citing often the writings of biographers Rev. Joseph Oppitz, C.Ss.R. (The Life and Message of Sister Maria Celeste Crostarosa) and Rev. Gerard Desrochers, C.Ss.R (Maria Celeste: Religious, Founder, Mystic).

Meet Carmen Moore, Educator, Grande Prairie, AB


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Carmen Moore, an educator, speaker and author, was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she received all of her early and undergraduate education.  She attained a Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan and has taught a variety of grades all over western Canada.  She is currently serving as an Inclusive Education Coach for a school district in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Along with her teaching experience, she has years as the administrator of a rural Catholic school as well as leading the sacramental preparation for that community.  Carmen has recently attained her Masters in Religious Education from Felician University in New Jersey. She has served as the regional Cursillo board chairperson for the past four years and is active in that community and her own local parish.  Carmen is also a freelance writer with articles published in the Prairie Messenger, Religious Teachers’ Journal, authored a Catholic addendum to a social studies program for Alberta schools, and is currently writing a book on Catholic education based on her masters work applied to her own experience. 

She is a speaker for both education, parent rights, and local Catholic pilgrimages.  Lastly, but most certainly not least, she is a wife to her loving husband Christopher and their amazing little boy, Liam, where they strive each day to live in love and joy.  Her family is her most important life’s work.


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Meet Leah Perrault, Writer and Speaker


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Leah is Barefoot and Preaching her way through life, a writer, speaker, and consultant at www.leahperrault.com.  Previously, she served as the Executive Lead of Corporate Initiatives for Emmanuel Care (the Catholic Health Ministry of Saskatchewan) and also served for 8 years as the Director of Pastoral Services for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.


Leah met husband Marc, at Campion College at the University of Regina, where she earned a bachelor’s of arts in English; they married and moved to Toronto where she completed a master’s of arts in theology.  Leah and Marc are growing into life and love as they raise their three kids, Robyn, Eliot, and Charlize. 


Leah is the co-author of How Far Can We Go? A Catholic Guide to Sex and Dating (with Brett Salkeld) and the

author of Theology of the Body for Every Body.  Her column is published monthly in the  “Prairie Messenger.”




Meet Josephine Lombardi, Ph.D.


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Dr. Lombardi has worked as a parish minister, university campus minister, high school chaplaincy leader, teacher educator through O.E.C.T.A., professor of Religious Education, Brock University, retreat facilitator, faith formation consultant, and program coordinator in the Diocese of Hamilton. Presently, she is Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology, Professor of Field Education, and Director of Lay Formation for St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough, Ontario.


She has done media work in radio and television and has been an advisor to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in the area of doctrine and Catholic-Muslim relations. Her book, On Earth as it is in Heaven, has been featured on CTS and Salt and Light Television.

More recently, she has been appointed Series Theologian for the new Religious Education curriculum for grades 1 through 8, “Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ” for Catholic School Boards in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Meet Rebecca Spellacy, Th.D


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Rebecca SpellacyThD, is the former Associate Director, Liturgy, Office of Formation for Discipleship, Archdiocese of  Toronto. About this role, Rebecca wrote “The Office of Formation for Discipleship is committed to cultivating a Church of grateful missionary disciples who actively encounter Christ in Word and Sacraments and share their God-given gifts in joyful service as living witnesses to Christ in the world.”

Rebecca  is now the Director of Worship for the Diocese of Austin, Texas.

Rebecca is also a board member for the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) . Rebecca writes: “NALM is a Board- run organization. The 8-member Board, together with an advisor from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, furthers the mission, values, and goals of NALM through visioning, planning, and running the day-to-day operations of the organization.” From Rebecca`s bio on Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation: “I'm originally from outside of Seattle. That means I have a slightly unhealthy appreciation for coffee and apples. I went to college (The Catholic University of American) and got married and moved to small town in New Jersey. My husband and I both decided to go to graduate school and ended up at the Toronto School of Theology. There I finished my ThD in theology with a focus on liturgy. Due in no small part to my husband's constant prayers, I was formally received into the Catholic Church on St. Joseph's Day, 2017.


Meet Dr. Carolyn Chau


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Professor Chau’s research examines the shape of contemporary Catholic witness and mission in secular cultures such as that of Canada.  Her book, "Solidarity With the World: Charles Taylor and Hans Urs von Balthasar on Faith, Modernity, and Catholic Mission" (Cascade Books, 2016) mines 20th century philosophy and theology for the question of dynamic and attractive Christian witness in 'post-Christian' cultures.


She has written articles on the legacy of Vatican II, Asian theology and the Catholic community, and peacemaking and social innovation in Christian faith-based communities such as Taizé and L’Arche.


Dr. Chau serves as Director of the Centre for Advanced Research in Catholic Thought at King’s and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.