Bishop John M. LeVoir, Bishop of New Ulm, Minnesota was ordained and installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm on September 15, 2008, at the New Ulm Civic Center, New Ulm, MN. He served as Courage chaplain for the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis for several years. On January 20, 2011, Bishop LeVoir was awarded the Pilgrim Shell by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and on November 1, 2012, he received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. His publications include Covenant of Love: Pope John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage and the Family, Faith for Today: Pope John Paul II’s Catechetical Teachings, and Image of God Religion Series, for which he served as theological consultant and author.Details at Courage
J. Budziszewski (Ph.D. Yale, 1981), is a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. A former atheist and a convert to Catholicism, he is a specialist on natural law, on the basic moral principles that St. Paul described as “written on the heart,” and he has written especially about the suppression of conscience -- what happens when we tell ourselves that we don’t know what we really do. He is the author of a number of books, including, most recently, On the Meaning of Sex (www.isibooks.org).
Fr. Paul N. Check has served as the Executive Director of Courage International since 2008. He was ordained for the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1997, and he holds an STB from the Gregorian University, an STL from the University of the Holy Cross, and a BA from Rice University. He has served as a high school chaplain, parish priest, and chaplain to the Missionaries of Charity and the Sisters of Life. Fr. Check teaches fundamental moral theology and sexual and medical ethics to seminarians, permanent deacon candidates, and religious.
Dr. Bill Consiglio, M.S.W., M.Div., D.Min. is founder and director of HOPE Ministries. His many years of university teaching, counseling, and pastoral work have provided a rich foundation for his internet ministry. He received his M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in pastoral counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. He was for 27 years Associate Professor of Clinical Social Work, SC State University and a part-time Christian Psychotherapist, specializing in the area of Sexual Orientation Resolution Therapy (SORT).
Dawn Eden is the author of My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints (Ave Maria Press, 2012) and The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (Thomas Nelson, 2012). At age 31, she experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity that ultimately led her to enter the Catholic Church. Dawn offers a Catholic spirituality of healing for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse. She holds a master’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and is currently continuing her studies toward a doctorate.
Fr. Paul Scalia is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Courage apostolate. He founded the Courage chapter in the Diocese of Arlington, VA, and still assists with that chapter. He is the Bishop’s Delegate for Clergy for the Diocese of Arlington.
Fr. Emmerich Vogt, O.P. is a Dominican priest of the Western Dominican Province. Educated by the Dominican Order at its seminary in California, Fr. Emmerich went on to receive a M.A. degree in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and a graduate degree in Near Eastern Religions from the University of California. Fr. Vogt is the editor of THE 12 STEP REVIEW: Christian Friends in Recovery, a publication of the Western Dominican Province. He is also author of the book The Freedom to Love: Recovery and the Seven Deadly Sins.
Sister Marysia Weber, R.S.M., D.O., a religious Sr. of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, is a physician certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She completed her residency and a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1989 and practices in her religious institute’s multidisciplinary medical clinic, Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center. Her primary work includes assessing and treating seminary candidates, priests, and religious. She has also offered numerous formation workshops on a variety of formation issues for U.S. Bishops and vocation directors.