Laura Kelly Fanucci
Laura Kelly Fanucci is the Program Director of the Communities of Calling Initiative. She received her Master of Divinity from Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. Laura is the author of several books including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (Liturgical Press, 2014), winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Association Award, and To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation (Wipf & Stock, 2017). Laura previously served as Research Associate of the Collegeville Institute Seminars for 8 years. She and her husband Franco are the parents of four sons.
Jessie Bazan is the Program Associate for the Communities of Calling Initiative and the Collegeville Institute Seminars. Jessie Bazan earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University. In addition to her work with the Collegeville Institute, Jessie serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Saint John’s Abbey Vocations team. She also writes regularly for U.S. Catholic magazine.
Program and Research Assistant
Jena Thurow-Mountin is the Program and Research Assistant for the Communities of Calling Initiative and Collegeville Institute Seminars. Jena earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Marquette University and is a Masters of Divinity candidate (’19) at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary. In addition to her work with the Institute, Jena is a contributing author at U.S. Catholic magazine and Liturgy Training Publications.
Kathleen A. Cahalan is Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, a collaborative research project that has studied various aspects of vocation over the past 8 years. She co-edited two volumes from the project: Calling All Years Good: Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons (2017) and Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives (2016). She has also authored books for a broad church audience, including Stories We Live: Finding God’s Calling All around Us (2017) and Living Your Discipleship: Seven Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling, co-authored with Laura Kelly Fanucci (2015). In addition, Dr. Cahalan directs the coordination of the Lilly Endowment’s Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative, begun in 2018.
The Rev. Dr. John Lewis is Director of Formational Outreach and Lecturer in New Testament and Spirituality at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. As a New Testament scholar, he also serves as Co-Director of St. Benedict’s Workshop, a non-profit ministry for Christian formation he founded in 2001. He is a member of the Collegeville Institute Seminar on Vocation and Faith in the Professions and will be co-leading the Communities of Calling Initiative’s pilgrimage to Israel in 2021.
The Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson is Associate Professor of New Testament at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she also serves as Director of Community Care. In addition to Biblical Studies, she teaches in the area of Christian formation, where her work focuses on vocation and Christian practice, and she is Associate Project Director for the “Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative” of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. She is a contributor to Calling All Years Good: Vocation Across the Lifespan (Eerdmans, 2017) and the author of Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians (SBL Press, 2015). With John Lewis, she is a Co-Director of St. Benedict’s Workshop, a ministry devoted to helping laity live their faith in daily life, and serves the Diocese of West Texas as a member of the Discernment Committee. She is active as a preacher, teacher, and parishioner at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas.