Fr. Jacques Philippe

Jacques Philippe was born on March 12, 1947 in Lorraine, France. After studying mathematics in college, he spent several years teaching and doing scientific research. In 1976, he met the then recently-founded Community of the Beatitudes and answered the Lord’s call to follow Him through this vocation (see below for more information on the Community of the Beatitudes). He then spent several years in Jerusalem and Nazareth immersing himself in the study of Hebrew and the Jewish roots of Christianity. In 1981, he traveled to Rome to study theology and canon law and also began his work as a spiritual director, working in the formation of priests and seminarians of the Community. In 1994, he returned to France, where he assumed various responsibilities including spiritual direction, the development of training in the Community, and participation in its General Council. He has also preached retreats regularly in France and abroad and has consolidated his principal retreat themes into five books on spirituality. In recent years, he has devoted himself primarily to spiritual direction, preaching retreats, and working for the development of the Community in Asia and Oceania, where he travels frequently.

Communauté des Béatitudes is an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right founded in France in 1973. The Community of the Beatitudes gathers faithful from all states of life (married or unmarried lay people, seminarians, priests, permanent deacons, men and women consecrated in celibacy) who wish to conform as closely as possible to the model of the early Christian community through the common life, the sharing of goods, voluntary poverty and an intense sacramental and liturgical life. The members of the Community, which has a contemplative vocation based on Carmelite spirituality, are actively engaged in the service of the poor and the proclamation of the Gospel.

Dr. Greg Bottaro

Dr. Gregory Bottaro is a clinical psychologist practicing in Manhattan serving the greater New York Metropolitan area and many others through web conferencing. He received his Psy.D. (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school in Arlington, VA that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before finishing his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived almost four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis. These years emotionally, spiritually, and professionally formative as he tested his vocation and ultimately felt the prompting of God’s will to pursue family life.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar Dr. Bottaro returned as a psychologist. His aim is fundamentally the same – to serve. Instead of serving those suffering material poverty, he now seeks to serve those with psychological needs.

He is the director and founder of

Fr. Bob Bubel

Fr. Robert Bubel was ordained for the Archdiocese of New York, May 2008. He is currently assigned to St. Patrick’s Cathedral as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Bubel grew up in Lagrangeville, NY, the youngest of six children. His family emphasized the practice of their Catholic faith, studying hard, and swimming fast in the pool. By the time Fr. Bubel reached college, he had been thinking about the seminary, but also discovered he had a talent for Math and Science. He graduated SUNY New Paltz with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and moved to Burlington, VT to work for IBM. After three years in VT, Fr. Bob felt drawn to the priesthood more than ever – called the vocation director in February 2003, and was taking classes for Pre-Theology in September. Fr. Bubel is an outdoorsman, who still hunts and fishes. He loves the mountains; he hikes them in the summertime, and snowboards in the winter.

Fr. Mark Mossa SJ

Fr. Mark Mossa, S.J. is a Jesuit priest of the New Orleans province originally from Worcester, MA. His research and studies focus on the history of Christianity in the United States and modern Europe. He is an adjunct professor with Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, and serves as a Freshman advisor. He is actively involved in Fordham’s campus ministry programs, and gives retreats and talks around the country, often focusing on ministry to young adults. He has written articles for various Catholic and Jesuit publications and is the author of Saint Ignatius Loyola—The Spiritual Writings: Selections Annotated and Explained (2012), Already There: Letting God Find You (2010), and co-author and editor of Just War, Lasting Peace: What Christian Traditions Can Teach Us (2005). He is currently focusing his research on the history of the American Jesuits in the mid-twentieth century.

John Iannone

John C. Iannone is a Catholic writer, lecturer and filmmaker who studied the Holy Shroud since 1978. In 1998 he was invited by Cardinal Saldarini (then Shroud Custodian) to closely view the Shroud for an extended period. He published 3 books on the Shroud including “The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin: The Case for Authenticity” (2013) and done over 260 lectures at Churches of all denominations around the US, Canada and Rome. Having earned an MA at the Catholic University in Religious Studies, he did additional work at Fordham and Union Theological Seminary in NY. Mr. Iannone has done many radio broadcasts including a program on Vatican Radio as well as television programs on PBS and EWTN.

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Chris Lowney

Chris Lowney chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest healthcare/hospital systems with some $ 19 billion in assets. He is a one-time Jesuit seminarian who later served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London until leaving the firm in 2001. He is a popular keynote speaker who has lectured in more than two-dozen countries on on leadership, business ethics, decision-making and other topics.

He is the author of four books. Heroic Leadership, a # 1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA, was named a finalist for a 2003 Book of the Year Award fromForeWord magazine, has been translated into eleven languages, and was named to the Commandant of the Marine Corps recommending reading list. He is also author of Heroic Living, and A Vanished World– Chris was featured in the PBS-aired documentary, “Cities of Light,” which echoed many of that book’s key themes. His latest work, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, has been called, “an invaluable gift,” and “a book for the ages.”

He served as volunteer founding president of Jesuit Commons, an innovative collaboration which offers online university education in refugee camps in Africa and elsewhere. He conceived and co-founded Contemplative Leaders in Action, an emerging leader formation program now active in a half-dozen cities. He founded Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future, which funds education and healthcare projects in the developing world: to learn about or support that organization, visit

He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he also received his M.A. He is holder of five honorary Doctoral degrees.