Dr. Philip Franco

Phil Franco is currently in formation for the Diaconate in the Diocese of Brooklyn He holds a Masters in dogmatic theology from St. Joseph Seminary, a Doctorate in Catechesis from Fordham University and is the principal of Saint Margaret School in Middle Village, Queens. He is currently completing a Masters in Educational Administration.

Phil has published on issues of theology and education and sociology of religion (read by no one except Phil!)

He was an adjunct in Theology at Saint John University in the Staten Island and Queens campuses.

Phil is widely considered the most handsome principal in all of the diocese of Brooklyn (as voted by Phil and his mom) and he often is a guest speaker at Brooklyn Theology on Tap or Grilling with God.
Angela Telthorst

Angela Telthorst has served as a missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, for 10 years. Currently, she is the Sr. Campus Advancement Director for FOCUS. She attended Washington University in St. Louis from 1999-2001 and was a member of the 2000 Division III Women’s National Championship basketball team. She studied in Rome in the spring of 2003 and graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Angela took a position with FOCUS as a missionary at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The following year she helped pioneer the FOCUS program as the Team Director at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and then as a Sr. Team Director at the University of Illinois the year after. She then went on to serve as a Sr. Regional Director in both the Midwest Region and East Area between from 2007-2010. From 2010-2012 year she served as the East Coast Director of Philanthropy. She has studied Theology at the Augustine Institute and resides in Denver, CO.
Julie Woodley

Julie Woodley, the Founder/Director of Restoring the Heart Ministries, is a speaker, author, and counselor. Julie holds an M.A. in Mental health counseling and a certificate in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary. She is completing her Masters of Theology and her Chaplain Training. Julie is a certified trauma counselor and was ordained in 2000. Julie is the division chair of the American Association of Christian Counseling’s “Crisis Pregnancy and Abortion Recovery”. She is also the Ministry Outreach Representative for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

As a survivor of numerous traumatic circumstances, Julie's story has been featured on various radio and television programs including:
  • Of Faith and Family
  • Focus on the Family
  • Unshackled by Pacific Garden Missions
  • Moody radio
  • 00 Club (CBN)
  • Christian Television Network (CTN)
  • Life Today—and many more
Julie has produced “In the Wildflowers”, a 10-part DVD series with accompanying written curriculum is a tremendous resource for those who wish to facilitate a group of people who have experienced the pain of childhood sexual abuse. It is offered with great professionals such as John Eldredge, Christopher West, Dr. Tim Clinton, Dr. David Stoop, Diane Langberg as well as other healing professionals. She also produced “Into My Arms”. This series is for those women and men who have suffered the pain of abortion. This 10-part video series with accompanying curriculum is targeted at counseling professionals and lay people to lead them through the forgiveness journey after an abortion. "Into My Arms" is offered with great professionals such as: Dr. Theresa Burke, Dr. David Reardon, Dr. David Stoop, Dr. Gary Oliver, Dr. Jeanette Vought, John Eldredge, Christopher West as well as other healing professionals. Julie has authored and co-authored books such as:
  • Julie’s life story, “Restoring the Heart: Experiencing Christ's Healing after Brokenness” .
  • “Post-Abortion Trauma”: The Silent Side of Abortion with Mark Kretschmar.
  • “Surviving the Storms of Life” with Dr. Norman Wright and Mathew Woodley.
  • “A Wildflower Grows in Brooklyn”
Julie also co-produced “Into My Arms” Documentary DVD with Vision Video.
Paul Morisi

After graduating from Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Paul Morisi, entered St. Francis College and graduated in 2006 with a BA in History. From 2007-2010 Paul taught in the Catholic School system in Brooklyn and Queens. In 2010 Paul became the Coordinator of Adolescent and Young Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of Brooklyn, where he serves over 180 parishes, 17 high schools and numerous religious movement in ministering to the Young Church. In 2012 Paul was named as the Liason for Youth Ministry for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministers Association. In 2013 Paul completed his MA in Historical Theology from St. John's University. On Feb 15, 2015 Paul will marry his best friend Alison at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church in Ozone Park, Queens.
Monsignor Robert Ritchie

Monsignor Robert Ritchie was born in Washington Heights, NYC to David Ritchie and Eugenia Wood. After graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School, he went on to Cathedral College, and from there St. Joseph’s Seminary, M. Div.. During his time in the Seminary he taught Religious Education at Ascension Parish in Manhattan. He also taught at St. Barnabas, Holy Rosary, and St. Athanasius parishes in the Bronx.

On May 29, 1971 Robert Ritchie was Ordained by Terrence Cardinal Cooke. Father Ritchie’s first parish experience was in the Diocese of Buga, Colombia before returning to the U.S. to be Assistant Pastor in St. Catherine of Genoa, Washington Heights.

In 1975 Fr. Ritchie was appointed by Cardinal Cooke to be the Director of Youth Ministry in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). Subsequently he became the Executive Director of the CYO while still living in St. Catherine of Genoa parish. In 1983 was appointed by Cardinal Cooke to be the Pastor of St. Catherine of Genoa. Served as Pastor for 16 years

In 1999, Fr. Ritchie was appointed by John Cardinal O’Connor to be the Pastor of Our Lady of Angels parish in the Bronx. Was member of the Executive Board of the Association of Catholic Schools. In 2002 was appointed by Edward Cardinal Egan to be the Regional Vicar of the North West Bronx.

On February 13, 2006 Fr. Ritchie was appointed by Edward Cardinal Egan to be the Rector of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and named him Chaplain to His Holiness, with the title of Reverend Monsignor on March 4, 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.

He is also a Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre, a Magistral Chaplain to the Order of Malta, the former Archdiocesan Moderator of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, and the Ufficiale of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus
Alana Newman

Alana Newman is a donor-conceived woman and former egg donor who now passionately advocates against all Third Party Reproduction. She is the founder of The Anonymous Us Project—an online story collective for those affected by donor-conception or adoption. She authored The Anonymous Us Project: Volume 1 available everywhere through University of Chicago Press, and lives in Louisiana with her husband and two organically grown children.