"Called to Love"
Man cannot live without love. -John Paul II
Fr. Thomas Loya
Fr. Thomas J Loya, STB, MA, is currently the pastor of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen, IL. He is also the host of “Light of the East” radio program and speaks about Theology of the Body each week as a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air Program. Before entering the seminary Fr. Loya earned a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and pursued a career in commercial art and design. He later completed his studies for the priesthood in both Pennsylvania and Rome where is attended the North American College earning an STB from the Angelicum University. During his time in Rome, Fr. Loya was first exposed to Pope John Paul II’s monumental teaching on the human person when he attended his weekly audiences about The Theology of the Body. Fr. Loya was ordained in 1982 and later added to his Bachelor of Fine Arts by earning a Masters in Counseling and Human Services in 1993. Fr. Loya has served the Church in youth and young adult ministry as well as an artist and design consultant. He has directed many retreats and has been a guest speaker at several conventions including World Youth Day 2002. Using his background in art, counseling, and Eastern Catholic spirituality, Fr. Loya brings the principles of The Theology of the Body deep into the lived experience of every aspect of human sexuality. His website is www.byzantinecatholic.com
Steve Pokorny, M.A., is the president of TOB Ministries, an organization devoted to utilizing John Paul the Great's Theology of the Body to spread the Culture of Life. He is an international speaker, having given talks in many locations including, California, Texas, Ohio, Maine, and even Austria. His appearances include a spot on "Franciscan University Presents" on EWTN, as well as two programs with Catholic FamilyLand TV. In addition to receiving his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, he has trained twice with Christopher West. Steve specializes in speaking to youth about the gift of their sexuality and learning to give their lives as a gift to others. He has recorded several talks, with such topics as the meaning of masculinity and femininity, dating, and spiritual warfare. Steve is currently pursuing an MTS from The John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Washington, D.C. Steve is currently developing TOB Ministries in the hope of fulfilling John Paul the Great's dream of seeing the Culture of Life blossom into reality.
Perry J. Cahall, Ph.D., graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Duke University in December 1995. Dr. Cahall began his graduate studies in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University in January 1996, where he was awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Historical Theology in August 1998, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Theology in December 2001. Dr. Cahall is currently an Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at the Josephinum, teaching Church History and Theology. He also serves as the Josephinum Director of Admissions and as a formation advisor in the Pre-Theology Program. Prior to holding his position at the Josephinum, Dr. Cahall was an Assistant Professor of Theology at Ohio Dominican University for four years. Dr. Cahall has presented scholarly papers at the Midwest Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion and the annual conventions of the North American Patristic Society and the College Theology Society. He has had articles accepted for publication in several scholarly journals. He has taught courses on Modern Church History, Fundamental Theology, Augustine, Patrisitics, Marriage and Family,and Theology of the Body. Dr. Cahall has lectured on the Theology of the Body regionally, in different places in Ohio. He resides in Worthington, Ohio with his wife and their two children.
Nicole Muhlenkamp graduated in May 2006 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theology and Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville. While at Franciscan University, Nicole spent much of her time learning and sharing John Paul the Great's Theology of the Body through planning events on campus and with Hard Core Ministries, a group-effort devoted to spreading the Theology of the Body to teens and college students. Her senior thesis was on “Motherhood in the Writings of John Paul II and Edith Stein.” She also had the opportunity to take the pro-life message, dignity and respect for all human life from conception till natural death, to the United Nations as an NGO representative, and after graduation across country with Crossroads Pro-life Walk Across America. On Crossroads, she spoke at parishes and youth groups across the United States. Nicole currently lives in Dayton, Ohio and is the Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry at One More Soul in Dayton, Ohio. Nicole has been leading, co-facilitating, and participating in Theology of the Body study groups for five years. She specializes in speaking on the dignity and vocation of women.
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