Description: Marriage and the family are at the heart of Catholic Social Teaching. The human person is social by nature: born into a family and called to form bonds of communion with others. Marriage is a sacrament at the service of others, both one’s own family and the broader community. The health of marriages and families has a direct impact on the health of society. In this panel, experts in Catholic Social Teaching will reflect on the crucial place of the family in the Church’s social doctrine as a whole and what that can mean for ministry.
Panelist: Dean Will Rainford
Dr. Will C. Rainford became Dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University of America in June 2013. His scholarly work focuses on social development, social work education, and poverty in America. Dean Rainford earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley and Master of Social Work at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Panelist: Dr. Jonathan Reyes
Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes, Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was educated at the University of Michigan, where he studied European History as a Rackham Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. in European History at the University of Notre Dame, writing his dissertation on the historical vision of Christopher Dawson. In 2009, Dr. Reyes became the President/CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver. In 2005, Dr. Reyes helped founded the Augustine Institute of Denver, a graduate program devoted to Catholic theological studies and leadership training, and served as its first President. Dr. Reyes also served as Vice President for ministry and formation for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and also taught in the History Department at Christendom College, in Front Royal, Virginia where he served two years served as Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Panelist: Dr. Jeanne Schindler
Research fellow with the Center for Cultural and Pastoral Research at the JPII Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family; formerly associate professor in the Dept of Humanities at Villanova University; lectured and published on Catholic social thought among other topics.
Panelist: Dr. Trevor Thompson
Director of Justice and Peace, and Pastoral Ministries, at St. Francis parish in Raleigh, NC; taught English and religion for 15 years; was the director of a soup kitchen and a campus ministry; graduate degree from St. Bonaventure.
Panelist: Sister Clare Hunter, F.S.E.
A member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. She has a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication and Media, from Southern Connecticut State University; a Masters in Theological Studies from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, in Washington, D.C.; a Masters degree in Education Administration from the University of St. Thomas, in Houston, TX, and is certified in the National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics. Before becoming the Director of the Respect Life Office for the Arlington Diocese, she taught high school and worked in campus ministry.