Speakers

Fr. Nate Wills, C.S.C., Ph.D.
Opening Address (June 15, 7:45 p.m.)

Fr. Nate Wills, C.S.C., was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in the spring of 2006. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying technology policy in Catholic schools. Fr. Nate joined the ACE Remick Leadership faculty full-time in the summer of 2015 where he teaches educational technology and works with blended learning in Catholic schools.

Brett Robinson, Ph.D.
Generational Milieu (June 16, 9:30 a.m.)

Brett Robinson is the Director of Communications for the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. In his current role, he oversees advertising, public relations and social media efforts for the institute and its programs. Brett studied Marketing and English at the University of Notre Dame and received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. He taught at Saint Vincent College before returning to Notre Dame where he also teaches marketing communications courses. Brett is the author of Appletopia: Media Technology and the Religious Imagination of Steve Jobs and his essays and commentary on technology and culture have been featured in Wired Magazine, CNN and the LA Times. 

Colleen Moore, M.Div.
The Gap Between Operative and Professed Ways of Being (Technology and Intimacy/Identity and Branding (June 16, 1 p.m.)

Colleen Moore directs the Echo program in the University of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute for Church Life. Before joining the Echo staff in 2004, she received a B.A. in Liberal Studies and Theology from Notre Dame, served as a Holy Cross Associate in Chile and returned to the University to earn her M.Div.

Josh Noem, M.Div.
The Gap Between Operative and Professed Ways of Being (Technology and Intimacy/Identity and Branding (June 16, 1 p.m.)

Josh Noem, M.Div., is editor of the FaithND website, an outreach of the Notre Dame Alumni Association that reaches 53,000 people every day with its Daily Gospel Reflection email. He served in Campus Ministry at the University of Portland for seven years, where he instituted a program for men’s spirituality that earned national recognition from the Catholic Campus Ministry Association and was reported by America magazine. He spent two years as editor and reporter for a diocesan newspaper in Florida; his paper received several honors from the Catholic Press Association, and his writing about missionaries in Haiti was recognized by Catholic Relief Services with the Eileen Egan Journalism Award. With his wife, Stacey, he blogs for the US Bishops’ marriage site, foryourmarriage.org. Josh studied the great books and theology as an undergraduate student at Notre Dame and earned his Master of Divinity degree from ND in 2005.

Matt Bloom, Ph.D.
Flourishing in Ministry (June 17, 9:30 a.m.)

Matt Bloom is an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame where he leads the Wellbeing at Work Program. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Before becoming a professor, he was a consultant for Arthur Young and a financial advisor for Shearson Lehman Brothers. He has seen firsthand the negative consequences of unhappiness at work, and is committed to finding real solutions to make the workplace a positive, vibrant experience. Matt lives in South Bend with his wife, Kim. His oldest son, Nicholas (pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at Duke University) and his wife, Kate (a research program manager at Duke Medical Center), live in North Carolina. His son, Keaton, is an architect in New York. One of Matt’s passions is backcountry hiking, so each year he goes "off the grid" somewhere on the Appalachian Trail.

Fr. Dan Issing, C.S.C., Ph.D.
Missionary Creativity (June 17, 3 p.m.)

Rev. Daniel J. Issing, C.S.C., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Theology at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. where he teaches courses in theological ethics and has been recognized for excellence in teaching and courses in service-learning. He received his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, which celebrates a unique ecumenical and interreligious environment and a relationship with the University of California. Previous to this, he oversaw the Campus Ministry Program at Stonehill College for eight years and expanded it to include extensive service outreach both locally and abroad. The program was recognized by the Templeton Foundation for its character-building emphasis. His research is in the ethics of Catholic institutions, specifically Catholic colleges and universities. Fr. Issing is a popular retreat director and speaker on matters of church life.