Fr. Sam Morehead
Fr. Sam Morehead

Fr. Sam Morehead

Instructor, Liturgy

A native of Colorado, Fr. Sam Morehead was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Denver in 2012. Having first studied broadcasting journalism and English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he completed his formation and studies for the priesthood at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. Having a passion for priestly formation, he has also served over the years as a regular guest lecturer on the Sacred Liturgy and the spiritual life for the Spirituality Year of his alma mater seminary, in addition to being a visiting professor for the Midwest Theological Forum's Rome Experience summer formation program. He currently serves at pastor of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, CO. With a penchant for history and culture, he is particularly passionate about his family's English homeland. Yet, his greatest loves are Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin, and the Catholic Church.

  • Module 3: The Way of Sacramental Friendship

    This module explores the role of the priest who is “in persona Christ” – the power to act, in the person of Christ, when exercising their sanctifying, teaching, and guiding functions for the sake of the mystical Body of Christ, the Church. With a special emphasis on the sacrament of the Eucharist, this module then explores how the sacrifice of Christ helps shape and form friendships into holy, sacramental friendships.

Meghan Schofield
Meghan Schofield

Meghan Schofield

Instructor, Theology of the Body

  • M.T.S. in Biotechnology and Ethics (Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington D.C.)
  • Ph.D. Candidate (Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington D.C.)

Meghan Schofield was born and raised in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Ave Maria University where she studied theology and literature. She later earned her MTS from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C., concentrating in Biotechnology and Ethics.

For eight years she served as the Co-Director of Formation and Instructor of Theology at the Language and Catechetical Institute in Gaming, Austria. While in Austria, Meghan spent five years as instructor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s study abroad program. She also has taught as an adjunct instructor for Assumption University.

Meghan is the creative visionary and author of grades 6-8 in the supplemental curriculum series, ROOTED: Theology of the Body K-12 from Ruah Woods Press. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute, writing her dissertation on Joseph Ratzinger’s theology of creation.

Mark Miravalle
Mark Miravalle

Mark Miravalle

Instructor, Mariology

  • B.A. in Theology (University of San Francisco)
  • M.A. (St. Ignatius Institute Catholic Great Books Program, University of San Francisco)
  • S.T.L. (Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome)
  • S.T.D. (Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome)

Dr. Mark Miravalle earned his Sacred Theological Doctorate at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He holds the Saint John Paul II Chair of Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has been teaching since 1986. He also is a professor at Ave Maria University.

Dr. Miravalle is the founder and senior editor of Ecce Mater Tua, an international journal of Mariology research. He is also president of the International Marian Association, comprised of more than 130 theologians, bishops, clergy, and laity worldwide who seek to promote Marian devotion and doctrine.

  • Module 6: The Way of Mary

    This module will consist of a theological investigation of the doctrines and magisterial teachings concerning the singular role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the providential plan of salvation. This will be followed by examining the important relationship between discipleship, discernment, and Marian devotion. Lastly, there will be a theological and pastoral analysis of the Marian messages from the principle apparitions of Mary in the modern world.

Margaret Turek
Margaret Turek

Margaret Turek

Instructor, Spiritual Theology and the Interior Life

  • B.A. in Theology (University of San Francisco)
  • B.A. Equivalency in English (California State Polytechnic University)
  • M.A. in Systematic Theology (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology)
  • S.T.D (University of Fribourg)

Dr. Margaret Turek is originally from the Midwest. She earned a B.A. at the University of San Francisco where she studied in the St. Ignatius Institute, an M.A. at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, and a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Prior to her graduate studies, she received spiritual formation as a Carmelite for six years. Dr. Turek’s scholarly interests include Trinitarian theology, Soteriology, and the re-integration of Dogmatic Theology and Spirituality. Before joining the faculty at STPSU in 2001, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Dallas. She also teaches in the Deacon Formation Program for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of Oakland.

  • Module 7: The Way of God the Father

    “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9). This three-week module will be an exercise in contemplating Jesus Christ as the definitive interpreter and living icon of God the Father (Jn 1:18; Col. 1:15). Following the guidance of Sacred Scripture and the theological reflections of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, we will bring to light the glorious features of the face of the Father. This is the true God and Father whom (with Christ and in Christ) we are called to imitate as his beloved sons/children (Eph 5:1; Mt 5:48).

Anthony Lilles
Anthony Lilles

Anthony Lilles

Chief Academic Officer, Instructor, Spiritual Theology and the Interior Life

  • B.A. in Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville)
  • S.T.L. (Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  • S.T.D. in Spiritual Theology (Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas)

Dr. Anthony Lilles, completed his graduate and post-graduate studies in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. Living in Oxnard, California with his wife Agnes, they are blessed to be parents of three young adults. Dr. Lilles also serves as Associate Professor, Admissions Director and Academic Advisor to the Academic Dean of St. John’s Seminary; and has been appointed as the Academic Dean of St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park. Having taught graduate level theology for over 20 years, Dr. Lilles is specialized in Spiritual Theology, Spiritual Direction, and various classics of Catholic Spirituality. His expertise is in the spiritual doctrine of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and the Carmelite Doctors of the Church: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. He’s the author of Fire From Above, published by Sophia Institute Press, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux and 30 days with Teresa of Avila – both published by Emmaus Road.

  • Module 0: The Way of Holiness/Orientation Seminar

    God has called us out from the world and into the life of the Church. What does that mean?

    The opening module addresses this question by reflecting on the call of God and the way of personal holiness. God has a specific plan for each of us, but knowing this plan is to take the first step of claiming our sonship in Christ and allowing God to mold our hearts as His own (cf CCC, 2563).

Fr. Sean Kilcawley

Instructor, Moral Theology in Modern Media

  • S.T.L (John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome)

Fr. Sean Kilcawley is a nationally recognized speaker on Theology of the Body, Human Love and pornography addiction. He was ordained a priest in 2005 for the Diocese of Lincoln.  He served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph and North American Martyrs and taught Theology of the body at Pius X High School from 2005-2009.  In 2013 Fr. Kilcawley completed a License in Sacred Theology at the John Paul II institute for marriage and family studies in Rome and returned to the Diocese of Lincoln as director of Religious Education.  Fr. Kilcawley is currently serving as the pastor of Sts. Leo and Martin parish in Palmyra, Nebraska.

  • Module 8: The Way of Affective Maturity and Practical Chastity

    This module reviews specific challenges present in the entertainment industry and offers life skills for dealing with them. The unit suggests apps and other resources that promote balanced participation in social media, protect against pornography, and support Catholic spirituality. By discussing practices such as periodic “media” fasts and other helpful suggestions, seminary applicants will discern ways to become wise media consumers and good witnesses to the faith.

Joseph Hollcraft
Joseph Hollcraft

Joseph Hollcraft

Director of the High Calling Program, Instructor

  • B.A., M.A., in Theology (Franciscan University Steubenville)
  • PhD in Theology (Graduate Theological Foundation)
  • Further Studies (Oxford University)

Dr. Joseph Hollcraft has taught at the Middle School, High School, and University level. During that period, Dr. Hollcraft also hosted the radio broadcast, Seeds of Truth, which reached thousands of listeners in over 40 countries. Seeds of Truth radio can still be found as an iTunes podcast. Currently, Joseph Hollcraft is a Professor and Director of the High Calling Program with the Avila Institute.

Dr. Hollcraft is also the author of A Heart for Evangelizing (Emmaus Road, 2016) and Unleashing the Power of Intercessory Prayer (Sophia Institute, 2020). Joseph has been published with aleteia.org and is a regular contributor to The Catechetical Review, the Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and spiritualdirection.com.

Joseph earned his B.A. and M.A. from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and received his PhD from Graduate Theological Foundation with studies completed at Oxford University.

Most importantly, Joseph is a devoted husband and father. He lives in Canal Fulton, OH with his beautiful wife Jackie, and their four children: Kolbe, Avila, Isaac, and Siena.

  • Module 0: The Way of Holiness/Orientation Seminar

    God has called us out from the world and into the life of the Church. What does that mean?

    The opening module addresses this question by reflecting on the call of God and the way of personal holiness. God has a specific plan for each of us, but knowing this plan is to take the first step of claiming our sonship in Christ and allowing God to mold our hearts as His own (cf CCC, 2563).

Fr. Philip Bochanski
Fr. Philip Bochanski

Fr. Philip Bochanski

Instructor, Theology of the Body

  • M.A. in Theology (Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary)

Father Philip G. Bochanski, a native of suburban Philadelphia, received the degree of Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in May 1999. He has served in several parish assignments, as well as in special ministry as a high school theology teacher, a chaplain for cloistered nuns, and a spiritual director for seminarians.

Father Bochanski served for five years as a chaplain for the Courage Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Founded in New York in 1980, Courage provides pastoral care and spiritual support for Catholic men and women who experience same-sex attractions and who desire to live chastely in accord with the teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality.

In January 2015, he was appointed to the position of Associate Director. From January 2017 to June 2023, Father Bochanski served as the new Executive Director of Courage International, Inc., which now includes more than 180 Courage chapters and 80 EnCourage chapters in dioceses throughout the United States and in 15 other countries on 5 continents. He is now serving as the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Fr. Patrick Summerhays
Fr. Patrick Summerhays

Fr. Patrick Summerhays

Instructor, Spiritual Theology and the Interior Life

  • B.A. in Philosophy, Minor: Business Administration (University of San Francisco)
  • M.B.A. in Finance & Banking (University of San Francisco)
  • M.A., M.Div., S.T.B. in Theology and Religious Vocations (Saint Patrick’s Seminary)
  • J.C.L. in Canon Law (Catholic University of America)
  • Masters in Ecclesial Administration & Management (University of Saint Thomas, TX)

Fr. Patrick Summerhays is a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He has served the diocese as a parochial vicar, vocations director, Archbishop Priest-Secretary, and now as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. Fr. Summerhays wrote his MA thesis on the topic of Balthasar’s treatment of the Paschal Mystery and its basis for a Christoform spirituality.

Fr. Ignatius Schweitzer, O.P.
Fr. Ignatius Schweitzer, O.P.

Fr. Ignatius Schweitzer, O.P.

Instructor, Liturgy, Spiritual Theology and the Interior Life

Fr. Ignatius John Schweitzer, O.P. is a Dominican priest of the St. Joseph (Eastern) Province. He was ordained in 2011. He spent six years living as a monk in a Carthusian monastery. He then returned to the Dominicans, discerning a strong call from the Lord to help others grow in the spiritual and mystical life. Upon returning, he completed his STL, writing on The Life, Light, and Fire of Triune Love: A Trinitarian Spirituality from Scripture, Aquinas, Ruusbroec, and John of the Cross. He is the prior of St. Catherine of Siena Priory in New York City (411 East 68th Street). He hopes to be of service to the Lord’s loving cry to souls and souls’ cry for the Lord: “Abyss calls to abyss!”