Fr. Rafe (Fellow of the House of Studies) is the Guardian of the Community of St. Francis, Chicago, and the Suffragan Bishop of the Great Lakes Region
of the Ecumencial Catholic Communion. A Franciscan his entire adult life, Rafe studied Philosophy at Quincy College and received a B.A. in Sociology
(Loyola University, Chicago). He also received his M.S. from Rush Medical University, where he taught in the
Occupational Therapy program for many years.
The Rev. Dr. J. Fred Ball, ofr
Sacramental Theology and Liturgics
Fr. Fred (Fellow of the House of Studies) received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southern Seminary in Louisville. A member of the
North American Academy of Religion, he is a specialist in sacramental theology and liturgics.
While most of us in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion are bi-vocational, Fred is multi-vocational.
He is the Pastor of San Damiano Parish in Little Rock, a Research Associate of the Department of
Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas (Little Rock), is Minister General of the Franciscans of
Reconciliation, and is involved in a number of educational programs, including the St. Bonaventure
House of Studies.
The Rev. Dr. Travis DuPriest, Assoc. CSM
Religion and Literature, Spirituality
Fr. Travis (Fellow of the House of Studies) earned his M.Div from Harvard University Divinity School, took additional work in theology at Durham University (UK), and earned his Ph.D. in literature from the University of Kentucky. For many years he was a bi-vocational Professor of Literature at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, and Director of the DeKoven Center for Church Work (ECUSA) in Racine, WI. Travis is a popular retreat leader on topics of spirituality in every day life and is a poet. He also has edited and introduced several anthologies of collected verse.
The Rev. William Gabriel, ofr
Christianity and Public Policy
Fr. Will (Fellow of the House of Studies) received his B.S. (cum laude
)in Sociology from the University of Louisville and his J.D. from Northern Kentucky University. He is involved in an
ecumenical ministry to the homeless and poor of Louisville and has gained the respect and affection of a wide circle of ecumenical partners in ministry.
The Rev. Nioclás Kelly, ofr
Christianity and the Arts
Fr. Nioclás (Fellow of the House of Studies) is a specialist in Christianity and the Arts. Born in Belfast, (Northern) Ireland, Brother Nioclás came to Chicago to work at the Martin D'Arcy Museum At Loyola
University as a Research Scholar/Professor (2002/2003) having completed his masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) in medieval art &
architecture. From 2002 until 2003, he also became a Research Scholar in the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Newberry Library of Chicago examining,
translating and cataloguing Medieval liturgical manuscripts. Nioclás also holds a B.Phil. in Aesthetics from St. Patrick Pontifical University, a B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy
and Classical Studies from the National University of Ireland and a Dip. Theology from the Dominican Studium
ratified by the Angelicum
, Rome (Pontifical University of of St. Thomas).
Billy (Fellow of the House of Studies) is the Director of the Public History Project of the St. Bonaventure House of Studies.
A Senior Partner of a major management consulting firm, Billy is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Billy has completed several advanced
study programs in management, marketing and organizational theory. He recently completed
a post-doctoral level program of reserach in Public Theology at the House of Studies and
was the first Junior Fellow. We are pleased to have him join us as a full Fellow.
Novice SR. Dr. Ellen (Nan) Plummer, ofr
Christianity and the Arts
Administration and Funding of Non-Profit Organizations
Sister Nan (Fellow of the House of Studies) received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Michigan. She also earned an MBA with a focus on the management of Non-Profit
Organizations. She has taught in both fields and has extensive background in museum management and fund raising. Thus, Nan's expertise ranges from the intensely
academic to the earth-bound pragmatic. A member of San Damiano Parish (Little Rock), she is an active participant in the Franciscans of Reconciliation and the
Ecumenical Catholic Communion.
The Rev. Dr. Janine C. Stock
The Rev. Dr. Janine, Pastor of All Saints Parish in Vista, CA, holds several advanced degrees: M.B.A. from National University, M.A. in Pastoral Theology from
St. Mary of the Woods College, J.D. Western State University College of Law, and D.Min. Graduate Theological Foundation. She has also participated in the Oxford
University Summer Theology Program. Together with her partner, the Rev. Trudy Seifke, Janine owns and operates Our Spirit Publishing Company and is the author of
Made in God's Image: The Stations of the Cross for Inclusive and Affirming Communities
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