Our Team

Laura Kelly Fanucci
Program Director
lkfanucci@CollegevilleInstitute.org

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
Program Associate
jlbazan@CollegevilleInstitute.org

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 the Youth Formation Minister at Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie, MN and Outreach Coordinator for the Saint John’s Abbey Vocations team. She also writes regularly for U.S. Catholic magazine.

Jena Thurow-Mountin
Program and Research Assistant
jthurow001@CollegevilleInstitute.org

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.

Consultants

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 Assistant Professor of New Testament and Director of Community Care at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. She serves as 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 Missioner for Adult Formation and as a member of the diocesan Examining Chaplains. She is a member of the Collegeville Institute Seminar on Vocation across the Lifespan and will be co-leading the Communities of Calling Initiative’s pilgrimage to Israel.