Married for 33 years, John and Claire have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. They have done pre-Cana marriage ministry together for over 20 years, post-Cana ministry for 8 years, and served as a member couple from the United States on the Pontifical Council for the family since their appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Together they are the authors of the commentary on the anniversary edition of Familiaris consortio (Boston: Pauline, 2015), and One Body: A Program of Marriage Formation for the New Evangelization. (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Press, 2018). They have spoken together to groups of laity, priests, and bishops across the United States. They are regular guests on Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak’s “More to Life” show on EWTN radio. Claire has been a Catholic educator, stay at home mother, in-home childcare provider, financial administrative assistant, and care-giver and companion to the elderly. She has been a mentor to women and couples and has been active in a variety of lay ministries for many years. John has taught moral theology at The Catholic University of America for the last 26 years. He has three times been appointed as a theological consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 2015 he was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as an expert (adiutor) at the Synod of Bishops on the Family. His books include Sex and Virtue: An Introduction to Sexual Ethics (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2003) and Transformed in Christ: Essays on the Renewal of Moral Theology (Naples, FL: Sapientia Press, 2017). He also wrote the Foreword to the 1997 English edition of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (Pauline, 1997).
Mary Caprio received a B.A. in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center and an M.A. in Nursing from Loyola University. She worked in clinical settings for over 20 years caring for persons with HIV/AIDS, disorders and trauma. She earned an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University and M.T.S. from Pontifical John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family with an emphasis in bioethics. Mary is adjunct faculty at University of St. Thomas in both the theology and nursing programs and is a Certified Fertility Care Practitioner for the Creighton Model System. Mary is the Pastoral Associate in charge of evangelization and administration at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, and is a great asset to the team as an Associate Fellow.
Fr. Richard Pagano, parochial vicar of Resurrection Catholic Church in Jacksonville, recently returned from studies in San Diego at John Paul the Great University. Father Pagano earned an MBA in Film Producing and Communications in order to impact culture for Christ and evangelize through new media efforts. Prior to his appointment in studies, Fr. Pagano was parochial vicar at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Palm Coast and served as Chaplain at St. Joseph Academy. Father completed his undergraduate studies at Ave Maria University and M.Div. at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. He speaks at nationwide youth conferences and has a passion for empowering the faithful through proclaiming the gospel. He attributes great vocational inspiration to Pope John Paul II who continues to inspire him to serve all of God’s people and embody the Truth that “from the Eucharist comes strength to live the Christian life and zeal to share that life with others” (St. John Paul II). In addition to serving Resurrection Parish, Fr. Pagano is a consultant to the diocesan Office of Communications and a campus minister at Jacksonville University.
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