Winter Institute Presenters
International Institute for Clergy Formation

Rev. Frank DesiderioRev. Frank Desiderio, C.S.P.


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Fr. Frank Desiderio, C.S.P., is a member of the Paulist Fathers. He has worked as a parish  priest, campus minister, seminary rector and producer of film, TV and radio, he strives to connect people with the experience of a loving God in mediums both secular and sacred.

While president of Paulist Productions, Fr. Frank oversaw production of The Big Question: A Film  About Forgiveness. He was moved by the audience response to return to full-time pastoral work and use the film to spread the healing power of forgiveness. He used the film to launch forgiveness retreats and seminars, which provide a practical method to LET GO and follow the spiritual path of forgiveness.

He was director of the Paulist's seminary for five years, where he helped shape a future generation of communicators. During this time he also taught preaching at Catholic University and pastoral communications at Washington Theological Union.  

Fr. Frank speaks to groups both secular and religious, including the Chatauqua Institution, The Aspen Institute Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival, Writers Guild of America and the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. He is often interviewed by the media, particularly on the intersection of faith and popular entertainment. He is past chairman of Humanitas Prize, which honors screenwriters for stories that affirm the dignity of the human person. Currently he is director of the Paulist Center in downtown Boston.

Rev. Bertrand BubyReverend Bertrand Buby, S.M., S.T.D.

Apocryphal Gospels

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Fr. Bertrand Buby, a member of the Society of Mary, also known as the Marianists. He teaches courses on Mary at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Dayton. Fr. Bert is a past president of the Mariological Society of America and is a member of the Pontifical International Marian Academy. He is the author of the trilogy Mary of Galilee, Mary Faithful Disciple, With a Listening Heart and also a book on his founder's use of Marian texts.

Fr. Bert obtained his licentiate in Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and his doctorate in Marian Theology from the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton.

Rev. Albert HaaseReverend Albert Haase, O.F.M.

Reflections on the Spiritual Life

Albert Haase, O.F.M.
, was ordained a priest in 1983 and received a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University in 1990. He has preached at parish missions and retreats across the United States, Cameroon and West Africa. In 2004, he returned to the US after spending 12 years as a missionary in mainland China, where he ministered as pastor for the English-speaking Catholic community of Beijing while working as the Director of Human Resources for Deloitte Touche. He is the author of six books on popular spirituality, his most recent, Athanasius: Life of Antony of Egypt (March 2012).  Fr. Albert trains spiritual directors for the diocese of Peoria, IL. He is also co-host of the weekly radio show, "Spirit and Life with Fr. Albert Haase and Sr. Bridget Haase", broadcast on the Relevant Radio network. In 2010, he was named Director of Seton Hall University’s International Institute for Clergy Formation. For more information about Fr. Albert, please visit his website »

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