Summer Intensive Program 2018


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.
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Julie Dienno-Demarest
St. Thomas High School
Julie Dienno-Demarest is an author and religious educator who has written for and taught both adolescents and adults. Originally a high school teacher, Julie spent five years as a contributing editor and primary author for Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division’s High School Textbook Series. As Julie’s volunteer ministry has shifted to teaching adult and family catechesis, she wrote Continuing the Journey: Cultivating Lived Faith (2014) for adults who are looking to learn, reflect, and grow in their faith. She lectures regularly and is an active participant in the ACTS retreat ministry. Julie’s first book, Living the Vision (2008) is a professional resource for developing service learning programs in Catholic high schools. She offers reflections on her blog “On the Journey”.
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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.
Brian Henritze
Associate Director, Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Brian Henritze is an Evangelist, Speaker, and Missionary of Jesus Christ. He has an MA in Theology and Christian Ministry from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. He has served as a professional Lay Minister for over 10 years on both the parish and diocesan level. He currently serves in the Chancery office of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as an Associate Director of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization. He and his wife Amanda have been married for six years and have three children. He likes to eat homemade cookie dough, enjoys dancing in the rain, and is the S'more making champion of the world.
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.
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
Director of Jr. High Youth Ministry
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.
Dr. Steven Meyer
Assistant Professor of Theology
University of St. Thomas
Dr. Steven J. Meyer’s areas of research currently include the relationship between faith and reason. He has systematized the various writings of the late Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J. on the topic of faith. With over 18 years of teaching experience he can speak to both general and specialized audiences on Catholic doctrine and practice.
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 Religion Education for the Catholic Schools. At her home parish, St. Juan Diego in Pasadena she wears many hats, including RCIA coordinator, catechist, and lector. Ms. Quinn is a received member of the Lay Carmelites, Our Lady of Mount Carmel community and is looking forward to making her first profession in 2016.
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.
Elizabeth Schaeperkoetter
Theology Teacher
St. Thomas High School
Elizabeth has been a Theology teacher at St. Thomas High School since 2015 (go Eagles!). Before that, she served at John Paul II High School in Plano, TX since 2011 also teaching Theology. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Philosophy from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and her Master of Arts in Biblical Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. She is a native Houstonian and a parishioner at St. John Vianney. Since 2015, Elizabeth has adopted this long last name from her wonderful husband, Andrew. The Schaeperkoetters have 2 dogs and live in Richmond.
Cheryl Scott
Pastoral Associate
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Angleton)
Cheryl Scott has served in parish ministry in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for more than 30 years. Her various roles have included Director of Liturgy & Sacraments, Faith Formation, RCIA, Youth Ministry, and Adult Faith Formation. She received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas, at St. Mary’s Seminary. Cheryl has served on committees and projects with multiple Archdiocesan Offices, including Worship, Evangelization and Catechesis, Adolescent Evangelization and Catechesis, and the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission. For the past 8 years she served as a parish Mentor in the University of Notre Dame’s ECHO program, a graduate school program combining parish leadership experience for forming future catechetical leaders. Cheryl currently serves as the Pastoral Associate at Most Holy Trinity in Angleton with duties in Administration, Faith Formation and RCIA. She is married, has 3 children, 2 dogs, is a native Texan and comes with an accent!
Dr. Charles Sommer
Associate Professor of Theology
University of St. Thomas
Dr. Charles Sommer's received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in 2007. His areas of research include Wisdom books, Hebrew poetry, Old Testament theology and the Canon of Scripture. He can speak on sacred scripture, prophets of ancient Israel, wisdom literature and the Old Testament.
Alan Winstead
Alan Winstead holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree from the University of St. Thomas, and bachelor's degree in engineering from Rice University. He is a certified catechist and an FTCM instructor for the archdiocese. At his parish, St. Bernadette, he serves on the RCIA team and the parish council.