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Fr. Eric Roush
Father Eric Roush was born and raised in North Canton, Ohio. A convert to the Catholic faith, he received all three sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil of 1999 while a sophomore at Miami University (BA, ‘01). After grad school at Xavier University (MA ’04, M.Ed ’04), he did a stint as a substitute teacher before returning to XU as an academic advisor. Through fellowship in a young adult group, attending daily Mass, and weekly Eucharistic adoration, God’s call to become a priest triumphed. After seven years of formation at Mount Saint Mary’s of the West, he was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ. With three indelible marks on his soul, Father Eric is currently the parochial vicar of St. Susanna in Mason, Ohio.
Fr. Ethan Moore
Fr. Ethan Moore was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM but rural Ohio became home right around high school. Father graduated from Franciscan University in 2007 with degrees in Theology and Philosophy but more importantly here in college his faith came alive! After 3 years of working around the US teaching middle school religion in Texas and being a “cheesemonger” in California Ethan became a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and in May of 2015 was ordained to the priesthood. Father loves life and LOVES being a priest! Fr. Ethan is a huge fan of Chic fil a sauce, skateboards, the Oh Hellos, but mostly living in the Spirit all in for the Lord.
Deacon Russ Feldkamp
Deacon Russ Feldkamp is a charismatic servant-leader whose passion is to walk with teens and adults as they seek real encounter with Jesus Christ, and to help them grow as disciples. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and took a commission in the Marine Corps, serving as an artillery officer. He is married to Melissa and has two amazing daughters, Rebecca, a FOCUS missionary, and Emily, a book designer for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He left the Marine Corps in 1997 and returned to Cincinnati, graduating from the Athenaeum of Ohio (MAPM), and was ordained a deacon in 2010. He is a business owner, a deacon assigned to IHM parish, and serves as a preacher, teacher and speaker for ministries inside and outside the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. When not fishing for men…
A youth and young adult minister and educator for over 15 years, Ben is invested in the mission of the New Evangelization. After producing two albums as an independent Christian musician, Ben joined the Oregon Catholic Press family and released his album, "Make Your Home in Me," in 2013. It debuted at #12 on the iTunes Christian charts. In June 2016, he released "Ablaze," again partnering with Catholic music publisher OCP. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, Ben is honored to now serve the Walsh University community as the Director of Campus Ministry. He and his wife and 6 children live in North Canton, Ohio.
Megan first began speaking in 2009. Since then she has been featured as a speaker for Youth Defence at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, on EWTN’s Life On the Rock, at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and for retreats, assemblies, and rallies all over the country. Megan has also been a speaker for the Steubenville Youth Conferences for 6 years and will continue.
After graduating from Franciscan University in 2009, she has been in full-time ministry; she spent three fulfilling and wonderful years at Mount de Sales Academy serving as their Campus Minister. Her her hopes were to create a culture of authentic beauty, femininity, freedom and identity in Christ; that is her driving force when speaking to women of all ages. Since then, Megan has become the Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She will continue to take what she has learned through her experiences and apply it to her new role. Her desire is to ignite the people of Philadelphia, to remind them the truth of who they are, and that they are infinitely loved by God. She is passionate about her work, and she is grateful that God calls the weak to lead the strong!
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Charles fell in love with Christ and the Church during his high school years through a radical encounter with Christ in the Eucharist. He has a passion for sharing the Gospel and especially the universal call to holiness. He graduated from Franciscan University and is currently pursuing his MA in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Since college graduation, Charles has worked as a Chastity speaker, Theology teacher and campus minister. Currently Charles serves as the Director of Discipleship and Mission at St.Thomas Parish in Kentucky. He married in his wife, Kaitlin, in June, 2012. They have three beautiful daughters.
Ryan Mahle is a passionate Catholic speaker and evangelist and currently serves in both the offices of Marriage and Family Life and Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He has worked on various projects for Dynamic Catholic and Encounter Ministries, has served as both a high school theology teacher and parish youth minister, and has spoken at youth events throughout the country. After practicing engineering for five years, Ryan experienced the call to pursue graduate studies in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Motivated by the cost of discipleship and the joy of the Gospel, Ryan is excited about leading young people to Jesus and activating Catholics in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. A devoted husband and father, Ryan and his wife Rachel have four young children - Andrew "the Mandrew", Isaac - “Ice Man”, and Anna - "Annie Girl". They look forward to the birth of their fourth child in August.
William Panagakos has been working with teens in faith formation for the past ten years. He spent five years working with The Culture Project in Philadelphia, PA as a speaker and mentor spreading the Catholic Church’s teaching on Chastity and the Pro-Life Message to thousands of teens and young adults. Will has also worked as worship leader for LifeTeen’s Cove Crest summer camps in Tiger, GA, the Theology of the Body Institute in Lancaster, PA, and the diocese of Allentown’s Confirmation Retreat Program. Will lives in Fort Thomas with his wonderful wife, Catie, and their daughter Margaret Mary.
Laura Potter is the Associate Director-VIA Missionaries. Her mission in life is to become who God has created her to be and to help others do the same. Laura began living this mission on her High School Campus in Logan, OH, also known as the beautiful Hocking Hills. She then served for two years as a NET (National Evangelization Team) Missionary, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Catechetics with a minor in Sacred Music from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, and worked for two years at a Catholic boarding school in California. She has spent the last seven years as the Youth Minister at St Mary Parish in Littleton, CO serving both Middle School and High School youth and families. Laura is excited to be back in her home state inviting youth to join on the way of Christ with the VIA Missionaries and Archdiocese of Cincinnati staff. You may see her rollerblading along the Ohio river trail, eating at every Cincinnati restaurant or café that is recommended to her, or singing and playing guitar in the AOC offices.
Rod Dunlap is the Associate Director of Sports Ministry. Previously he was the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. John the Baptist -- Dry Ridge. Rod and his wife Maria have five children. He is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and Mount St. Joseph University where he received a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies. In this free time, Rod enjoys playing golf, cheering on the Bengals and Reds, and hanging out with friends.
Wayne Topp is the Associate Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He was married in 2004 to his wife, Marianne, and together they have 7 children. In 2000, after graduating high school, Wayne spent one year in seminary formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum where he discerned his call to marriage and became impassioned with the idea that all young men and all young women should have the opportunity to truly seek God’s will for their lives. Six years later, his passion aligned with his work as he stepped into his current position. Today, when he’s not trying to guide his own children, he works with parishes and any other group that will have him to promote a culture that allows all people the opportunity and support they need to abandon themselves completely to God’s great plan for their lives.
Megan started attending youth group events when she was in High School and has been involved in Church ministry ever since. After graduating from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelors in Theology and Catechetics, Megan spent three years in China working with orphans. She is now the Director of Family Evangelization at Saint Henry Parish in Dayton, OH. For the past several years she has been raising her niece. You can often find the two of them enjoying roller coasters, coffee, and crafts together.
Sister Faustina Maria
Sister Faustina Maria of the One Holy Sacrifice is a founding member of the Sisters of Children of Mary. Sister was born in Reno NV, and raised in northern California until she was 14 when she moved to the border of Arkansas and Missouri. Not raised in any religion, she came into the church of her own free will at the age of 12 when her mother returned to the Sacraments. She began to pray the daily rosary at 17 and it was Our Blessed Mother who gave her a deep thirst for God.. She loved Jesus so much she wanted to give Him her whole life, and at 20 years old she entered the community on November 7th 2012. She made her final profession of vows on May 13th 2018. She currently works in a women’s prison ministry teaching RCIA. She also helps form the younger sisters in our charism—to love and spread love for Our Eucharistic Lord.
Sr. Philomena Maria
Sr. Philomena Maria of the Pierced Heart of Jesus is a founding member of Children of Mary. Sister grew up on Newark, Ohio. Not raised Catholic, when she was 15 years old she attended a Catholic Mass, and when she saw everyone going up for Communion and found out Who they were receiving, she longed to receive Our Lord. She entered the Church on April 15th, 2001, and left all to follow Him on the Solomenity of the Annunctiation, March 31st, 2008, when she entered Children of Mary. Sister made final Profession of vows on April 26, 2016 on the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Young in years but one of the oldest in our community, she is responsible for managing the large facility of our daughter house in Newark, Ohio-- one hundred acres of forest, ponds, pastures, cows, chickens, guest house, convent and chapel. In addition to that, she has been entrusted with the most important work: being the Novice Mistress, forming new members of our community with our unique charism of spreading love for Our Eucharistic Lord.