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Matthew Plese is a Third Order Dominican who resides in Chicago, IL. Matthew grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and entered the Church with the rest of his family from a non-denominational protestant background in 2004 while a freshman in high school. Matthew went on to obtain a degree in Business and Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas (MN) where he graduated summa cum laude. He also has a Certificate in Catechesis from Catholic Distance University and a Masters in Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.
Matthew is also the author ofCatholic Book Summaries: 54 Traditional and Contemporary Classics,Eschatology: The Catholic Study of the Four Last Things, andUnderstanding the Precepts of the Church. Matthew lives in Chicago, IL and is a parishioner at St. John Cantius.
Topics of Expertise: Traditional Catholicism, the Mass Rubrics, The Catholic Liturgical Year, Precepts of the Church, Eschatology, General Catechism
Judith Costello, MA, is a Third Order Discalced Carmelite (OCDS). While a long-time resident of New Mexico, Judith moved in 2017 to Davenport, IA to care for her 92-year-old mother. Judith is an exhibiting Sacred Artist who has written and illustrated columns forThe Catechist, a national magazine, andNew Mexico Kids, a regional magazine (publishing craft columns). She has been a freelance writer for 30 years and has published several books including a book on catechism, two courses for CatechismClass.com, and two coloring books for grown-ups. Judith sees that "helping people to truly understand prayer is one of the most pressing issues of our modern world."
Topics of Expertise: Prayer, Sprituality, Mariology
Topics of Expertise: Marriage Preparation, Pneumatology
Matt Robinson is a lifelong Catholic from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. A love for Christ and the Church led him to studies for the priesthood graduating the college division of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary with a B.A. in Philosophy. Though he discerned that God was not calling him to be a priest and ultimately left the seminary, he continued his theology studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary earning an M.A. in Dogmatic Theology. Matt is the Director of Pastoral Services at St. Agnes Parish, West Chester, PA. He is also the author of,Lord That I May See: Fundamentals of Christian Philosophy.
Topics of Expertise: Philosophy, Liturgy, Dogmatic Theology
James E. Boardman BS, BA, JD, is degreed in Biblical Studies and Philosophy and was, after finishing college, a Pastor of fundamentalist Assembly of God Church. He is a published freelance writer, has his Senior Reactor Operator's license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commision (NRC) to operate commercial nuclear power plants, owned and managed KTGA radio in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, news-anchored an ABC TV affiliate in Springfield, Missouri, and has most recently rounded out his career(s) practicing law in St. Joseph, Michigan. Now retired, Jim and his wife of forty-five years, Elly, and their best friend, Lance the poodle, travel much of the year in their RV rediscovering the beauty of God's creation in National Parks and wilderness areas around the United States and in Canada.
Jim has continued his studies in Scripture and Church history, his interest being redoubled after returning to the Catholic Church. Mr. Boardman and his wife, Elly, were confirmed into the Catholic Church in 2011. He, his wife, and their small dog Lance own no home and travel full-time in their Arctic Fox fifth wheel RV, avoiding the snow and cold at all costs. Jim is the author ofFinding Happiness: An Introduction to Morality andOrdained Before the World: A Catholic Apologetic.
Topics of Expertise: Philsophy, Liturgy, Catholic History
Frances Spilman is from a small town in Northern New Jersey and attended Catholic schools from 1st grade through graduate school. She has been a church organist and pianist since the age of 13 and has volunteered as a CCD teacher for many years. Frances is a Life Runner and has marched in the Right to Life Parades. She is the author of A Step Towards Heaven: An Introduction to Religion,The Twelve: Lives and Legends of the Apostles, andThe Councils of the Catholic Church: Nicea to Now.
Topics of Expertise: Church History, Church Music, General Catechism