Fr. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.


Born in 1955 in Massachusetts, The Very Rev. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B. has been a monk since 1979 and a priest since 1984. He served as the pro-President of the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico at the Athenaeum of Sant' Anselmo from 1997 to 2000, and is the founding prior of the Monastery of San Benedetto, located in Norcia, Italy, the birthplace of St. Benedict. Father Cassian is also a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and is the author of numerous studies on Roman Catholic liturgy. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named Father Cassian as a consulter to the Congregation on Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. 

Dr. John F. Boyle

Dr. John F. Boyle is a University of St. Thomas, St Paul, Professor of Catholic Studies and Theology and the Chair of the Catholic Studies Department. He has a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. He is an accomplished writer and authority on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has been greatly influential in enriching Catholic education and culture in the Twin Cities. He was a teacher of HSA faculty member Miss Mary Billion. 

Fr. Michael Becker


Fr. Michael Becker has been serving as the Rector of St. John Vianney Seminary since 2010. He was Pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, Minnesota for seven years before moving to St. Paul. Fr. Becker graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1987 with bachelor’s degrees in theology and economics. He has been engaged in ministry to Catholic high school and college students through NET (National Evangelization Teams) and St. Paul’s Outreach. Fr. Becker enjoys prayer, theological reading, travel, hiking in the mountains, and Italian cuisine.

Joseph Pearce


Formerly the Writer-in-Residence and professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Florida where he worked for twelve years, Mr. Pearce is an accomplished tutor, teacher, and public speaker. Originally from London, England, Mr. Pearce was once involved in radical politics. An agnostic, rebel, and risk-taker, Mr. Pearce's political daring found him in a tight spot more than once. Several years later, after coming upon the works of G. K. Chesterton, Mr. Pearce had a deep spiritual conversion. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1989. Since then, Mr. Pearce has written bestselling books on G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Hilaire Belloc, J. R.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, and others. He has authored more than a dozen books, all of which correspond to the Catholic intellectual tradition while exploring the vivacity of a life of Faith.

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