Summer Intensive Formation Program 2019


Camilla Chedester
Director of Faith Formation
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Manvel, Texas
Camilla Chedester holds a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She is a certified spiritual director and has been working in religious education (both in Catholic schools and parishes), youth ministry, hospital ministry and retreat ministry for 30 years in the Galveston-Houston and Austin dioceses. She is currently the Director of Faith Formation at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Manvel, Texas.
Nannette Coons
Catholic Chaplain
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Nannette Coons has served the Archdiocese as a youth minster for 23 years and for4 years as Parish Excellence Administrator for Sts. Simon and Jude. She has a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies and a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of St. Thomas. Nannette has served in leadership roles for archdiocesan and national leadership organizations. She has worked on teams with the OEC in the development of sacramental guidelines, the Sacred and Safe material for junior high and senior high sessions, the Archdiocesan Framework, and catechist modules. She is wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.
Julie Dienno-Demarest.jpg
Julie Dienno-Demarest
Julie Dienno-Demarest is a certified spiritual director, author, and educator for adolescents and adults. Whether teaching, writing or leading retreats, Julie enjoys telling stories and asking probing reflection questions to help people cultivate lived faith. With 12 years of classroom experience in Catholic high schools, she will always think of herself as a teacher. Working from home, Julie practices spiritual direction, offers retreats, and delights in the occasional opportunity to teach adult faith formation. Presently, Julie is writing for St. Mary’s Press and Liturgical Training Publications. Julie wrote Continuing the Journey: Cultivating Lived Faith (2014) for adults who are looking to learn, reflect, and grow in their faith. Julie has her B.A. in theology from DeSales University, her M.Ed. in religious education and post-Masters in Spiritual Formation from Boston College. Biking around her NASA affiliated Houston neighborhood with her husband and two boys is one of the simple joys for which Julie gives thanks and praise to God
On the Journey
Brian Garcia-Luense
Associate Director, Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Brian Garcia-Luense has been an associate director in what is now the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston since November 2006. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. In addition to his work for the Archdiocese he is actively involved in his home parish of St. Luke the Evangelist where, among other things, he has helped to coordinate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation for youth, presented to parents of children preparing for sacraments, and taught RCIA.
George Gillespie
George Gillespie has served the Church on both parish staff as DRE and as lay catechist volunteer for K-12 students in the Archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore for more than 15 years. He currently assists with RCIA/Confirmation Instruction with University of Houston Newman Center students and with his parish St. Clare of Assisi in Clear Lake as a K-8 catechist. He is employed in research administration with UH. He received a MA in Systematic Theology in 2007 from Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia.. He is the father of 2 young adult children and enjoys hiking, exploring and walking on Galveston beach and reading philosophy and theology.
Richard Grebenc
Director of Adult Faith Formaiton
St. Mary Magdalene Parish
Rich Grebenc is Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Humble. He also is an Adjunct Professor in the Theology department at the University of St. Thomas. In addition, he is a Lecturer in St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology’s Deacon Formation Program. He holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio). His home parish is The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.
P. Casey Johnson
Theology Teacher
St. Thomas High School
Casey Johnson has taught Theology at St. Thomas High School for nine years where he strives to form young men in goodness, discipline, and knowledge. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Theology and a Master's of arts in Theology from the University of St. Thomas. He teaches deacon candidates at St. Mary's Seminary. He has taught RCIA and Confirmation at St. Edith Stein parish. He is a member of Holy Rosary parish. He has a lovely wife and two boys who show him Christ daily.
John Keeling
Kathy Kelley
Director of Religious Education
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston, Texas
Kathy Kelley is the Director of Religious Education at Christ the Redeemer parish in Houston. She served for several years in the archdiocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, as Associate Director responsible for catechist and catechetical leader formation. Prior to that, she was Director of Faith Formation at Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Spring, Texas where she led a highly respected program. Kathy holds a Master’s in Religious Education from University of St. Thomas in Houston and a Master’s in Theological Studies from the UST School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston.
Matthew Kiernan
Coordinator of Religious Education
Epiphany of the Lord, Katy, Texas
Matthew has been in ministry for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for six years as a parish catechetical leader of both youth and young adults. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and a Master’s degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Matthew is a graduate of the ECHO program at Notre Dame, which focuses on forming catechetical leaders through a Master’s degree, parish experience, and community life. He was recently married in January 2016 and has a goal of leaving every person he meets closer to Christ.
Ryan Lambert
Director of CCE Formation
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Alvin, TX)
Anne Morris
Theology Teacher
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
Anne Morris holds a BS in Zoology and an MA in Theology. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and has been teaching high school at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart since 2001. She specializes in early Church and medieval Theology, as well as modern philosophy, and World Religions.
Elizabeth Quinn
Director of Religious Education, Secretariat for Catholic Schools
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Elizabeth Quinn is the Director of Religious Education for the Catholic Schools. At her home parish, St. Juan Diego in Pasadena she wears many hats, including RCIA catechist trainer, and lector. Ms. Quinn made her final profession as a Lay Carmelite in November 2018 and is the director of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Lay Carmelite community, the oldest Lay Carmelite community in the Houston area. She holds an MA in Theology and will complete an MA in Religious Education in April 2019.
Laura Rivera
Director of Faith Formation
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Laura Rivera is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Houston. It has been her joy to serve the parish for the last eight years in various positions including Coordinator of Elementary Faith Formation and Director of Liturgy. She has helped coordinate young adult ministry as a volunteer. She is married to Phillip, who she met through the young adult community, and they have a beautiful daughter. She considers herself abundantly blessed by God and desires to share Jesus with all those she encounters.
Andrew Schaeperkoetter
Theology Teacher
Strake Jesuit High School
Andrew is a teacher of Theology and Engineering at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory where he has worked since 2013. He received his Masters of Theological Studies from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College and has taken several additional graduate courses through the Augustine Institute. He has been involved in the campus ministry at Strake Jesuit as well as assisting with Young Adult ministry at his parish, St. John Vianney, as well as his parish's choir. Additionally, Andrew has taken promises as part of the lay movement of the Apostles of the Interior Life, making a commitment to develop the spiritual life throughout his apostolate. Since 2015, Andrew has been married to the wonderful Elizabeth.
Laurie Thompson
Teacher (retired)
St. Pius X High School
Laurie Thompson has been engaged in catechesis and Catholic education for over 40 years across 6 different states. The mother of 6, Mrs. Thompson received her MA in Theological Studies from UST School of Theology at St. Mary Seminary. Active in pastoral work and administration for many years, she is a retired faculty member of the Theology Dept. at St. Pius X High School. She frequently serves parishes throughout the archdiocese as an instructor in FTCM, has been a guest speaker at parishes for sacramental prep, adult education courses, the Serra Club and was most recently invited to be a presenter at the National Catholic Education Association in Pittsburgh. She is certified in Family Life Ministry, Sexuality Catechesis and is a member of the Harris County Task Force Against Child Abuse often providing television and radio interviews on behalf of victims.