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Joshua P. Bitting, Ph.D., serves as Program Director at the St. John Paul II Foundation where he oversees the Together in Holiness Formation series, a year-round marriage enrichment for small communities of spouses. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Joshua came into full communion with the Catholic Church on June 22nd, 2003, the Feast of Corpus Christi while completing his B.A. in philosophy at Southwestern College (Winfield, Kansas). Joshua attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where he earned his M.A. in theology. Afterwards, he had the opportunity to study at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) in Rome, Italy. Since then, he has served the Church in various capacities at both the parish and diocesan levels. He recently completed his Ph.D. in theology and catechetics from the University of Notre Dame, Australia. Joshua and his beautiful wife, Amanda, have seven children, and enjoy sharing the Gospel of the family in their primary vocation as spouses and parents.
Father Matthew Kauth was born and raised in Peoria Illinois, where he attended Catholic grade school and high school. A trip to Italy changed his life forever when he witnessed an elderly woman kneeling on the rocks during outdoor Mass after their bus broke down. Her devotion destroyed his indifference to the Eucharist and the Church. He wanted to know what that woman saw in the Host and began searching. His search eventually led him to the priesthood. Fr. Kauth completed his studies in philosophy at St. Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia and transferred to the Diocese of Charlotte following graduation to assist in the missionary efforts faced with the burgeoning Catholic population. He completed his graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., earning his ecclesiastical degree (STB) and was ordained to the priesthood in 2000. After serving six years as a parochial vicar and pastor in the Diocese of Charlotte, he continued his studies in Rome and received a license and doctorate in Moral Theology. Fr. Kauth served as the Chaplain of Charlotte Catholic High School and a professor at Belmont Abbey College before he was appointed Rector of St. Joseph College Seminary in 2016. Fr. Kauth is the author of two books, "Charity as Divine and Human Friendship: A Metaphysical and Scriptural Explanation According to the Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas" and "The Sacraments: Discovering the Treasure of Divine Life".
Kathryn Whitaker is an author, blogger and speaker. A sixth-generation Texan, she was raised an evangelical Protestant until she met her husband on a blind date at Texas A&M. On the eve of their wedding, Whitaker converted to Catholicism. Since 2007—with honesty, authenticity, and a healthy dose of sass—Whitaker has shared on social media what it’s like raising a raucous Catholic family, including a preemie, while balancing her writing, her love of the Aggies, and stocking the fridge with plenty of Dr Pepper. She has contributed to Blessed is She and Take Up and Read and has appeared in USA Today, EWTN, Ave Maria Radio, and is a regular guest on The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer on SiriusXM. Her book, Live Big, Love Bigger, is currently in its third printing with Ave Maria Press. Kathryn and her husband, Scott, live with their family in Austin, Texas.
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