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Dr. Roland Millare, a native Houstonian, serves as Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Clergy Initiatives for the St. John Paul II Foundation (Houston, TX). Dr. Millare served as a member of the Theology Department at St. John XXIII College Preparatory (Katy, TX) for over 15 years. He received a BA in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He has a MA in Theological Studies (with a concentration in Moral Theology) from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College (Alexandria, VA) and a Licentiate (STL) and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in Dogmatic Theology (with a specialization in Sacramental Theology) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL). Dr. Millare also serves as an adjunct professor of theology for permanent deacon candidates, seminarians, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of St. Thomas, St. Mary’s Seminary, the Diocese of Fort Worth and the University of Dallas. He has published various theological articles for Logos, Antiphon, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, and the Heythrop Journal. He has published the book, A Living Sacrifice: Liturgy and Eschatology in Joseph Ratzinger (Emmaus Academic, 2022). Dr. Millare has also contributed an article to a forthcoming lexicon on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger (Ignatius Press). Dr. Millare is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Academy of Catholic Theology, and the Society for Catholic Liturgy. Dr. Millare lives with his beautiful wife Veronica and their three children.
Sr. Mary Raphael first heard the call to religious life at age 12. “I heard God say, although I thought it was my guardian angel, ‘You will be Christ’s bride,’ and that is what instigated the search for knowing what is His will for my life." Sr. Mary Raphael began her religious life as a Poor Clare nun. An illness caused her to leave the order, and she began working in the Chancery as the secretary to the bishop in the Diocese of Birmingham, AL. That experience provided her with a rare and comprehensive glimpse into the joys and suffering of the priesthood. “When I saw the priesthood up close for the first time, I saw the beauty of the priesthood. I saw men who loved their vocation, who would just glow with love for the souls they were serving. I saw a bishop working with dedication. I also saw some of the wounds. Every problem that came to bishop’s desk came to my desk first. So my eyes were opened, and I thought these men need prayers. They need prayers and sacrifices to sustain what they’ve been given to be for the Church, and they need reparation for the sins that have been made in the priesthood. Because right around this time is when all the scandals were breaking out, a time of great brokenness.” Sr. Mary Raphael began to contemplate how she could best serve the priests who serve the faithful. She felt called to found her own order of nuns with this charism. With the support of Bishop Jugis, Sr. Mary Raphael wrote her own rule, and in 2015 the Daughters of the Virgin Mother order was founded. Sister Mary Raphael of the Divine Physician, her chosen name with her order, often alludes to Christ’s ability to heal all wounds in the Church. Sister currently serves as the House Administrator for St. Joseph College Seminary. This includes spiritual work through prayer and sacrifice and active work through cooking, cleaning, secretarial work, and chapel maintenance. Born in Charleston, SC, she was raised in Grapevine, TX. She enjoys playing the harp and violin and writing.
Claire works for the Avila Foundation as editor of spiritualdirection.com. She writes at eventhesparrow.com and speaks frequently on the topics of saints, spirituality, respect for life, and the mission and vocation of women. She has a passion for helping women see the beauty and possibility in their own interior lives and their unrepeatable place in the Church. Claire has a degree in Theology from Franciscan University and a graduate certification in Spiritual Theology from the Avila Institute. She is the author of “This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.” Most importantly, she has been married for 23 years to her husband Delaney and they have six children: Joseph, John Paul, Mary Grace, Daniel, Gemma, and Justin, all of whom keep them on their toes – and on their knees.
Fr. Becker is Promoter of Vocations for the Diocese of Charlotte and Pastor of St. Margaret Mary’s Parish in Swannanoa, NC. He is a native of Charlotte and a graduate of Charlotte Catholic High School. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill where he studied economics, before entering seminary for the Diocese of Charlotte in 2011. His theological studies focused on Moral Theology and the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was ordained priest in 2017, and served previously as Parochial Vicar at St. Mark’s parish in Huntersville. Fr. Becker enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee with the men of the seminary during his visits, and has recently begun learning the cello.
Belmont Abbey Alumni John Cuppett felt a call to the priesthood at a young age, but had another love he didn’t want to lose – baseball. During his time attending Belmont Abbey College, John discovered that baseball was not a hindrance to his call, but an opportunity and recently entered St. Joseph College Seminary.
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