Fr. Philip G. Bochanski

Fr. Philip Bochanski has served as Executive Director of Courage International, Inc. since January 1, 2017. Father was Chaplain for the Courage apostolate in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for five years, before being appointed to the position of Associate Director in January 2015. An award-winning author, he has written and edited several books, audio series, and articles on various aspects of Church history, catechesis and spirituality. In 2019, Pope Francis awarded Father Bochanski the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, given in recognition of “sustained and exceptional service” to the Church.

Fr. Colin Blatchford

Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville in 2014, Father Blatchford received his B.A. in philosophy from Ave Maria University in 2006, and completed his seminary training at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Father Blatchford began serving as Associate Director of the Courage apostolate on September 8, 2020. Prior to receiving the appointment, Father Blatchford had been the Chaplain for Courage and EnCourage in his home Diocese of Knoxville, a position which he held for two and a half years. He has been aware of the work of Courage for 15 years, since first meeting Fr. Harvey at Ave Maria University in Florida.

Mary Rice Hasson, J.D.

Mary Rice Hasson, is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars. Mary is also co-founder of the Person and Identity Project, an initiative that equips parents and faith-based institutions with the resources they need to counter gender ideology and promote the truth about the human person. An attorney and policy expert, Mary has been a keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, addressing education, women and work, caregiving, and gender ideology. Mary and her husband Seamus Hasson have seven grown children, and one granddaughter.

Fr. Ricardo Pineda, CPM

Fr. Ricardo was born into a Catholic family of both Salvadoran and Mexican descent and is a native of San Diego, California. He joined the Fathers of Mercy as a postulant in July of 2008 and, following his one-year novitiate, he professed his first year of temporary vows of Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity on August 14, 2009. He graduated from Holy Apostles College and Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Fathers of Mercy in May of 2013. For three years, he served as an associate pastor of four small parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville. In June of 2016, he was reassigned to the Fathers of Mercy Mission Band. He also currently serves as the community’s Treasurer General.

Fr. Malachy Joseph Napier, CFR

Fr. Malachy is originally from Georgia, the second oldest of eight children in the family – six boys and two girls. In 2008 he joined the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, making his final vows in 2014, and being ordained to the priesthood just last year in May of 2020. During seminary he focused his studies on the anthropology of John Paul II and Edith Stein, which culminated in writing a thesis on the topic of sexual identity and gender ideology from the Catholic perspective. In his final year of seminary, he was blessed to work with Courage and receive formation and experiences that have shaped his priesthood already. Currently he serves in the CFR's mission in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where his principle work is with youth and prisoners.

Deacon Patrick Lappert, MD

Patrick W. Lappert, MD, is chaplain for Courage in the Diocese of Birmingham and divides his time between his private practice of plastic surgery and serving as deacon at Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church in Decatur, Alabama. Deacon Lappert was raised in a Jewish home, but lived most of his adult life as an atheist. He converted and was received into the Catholic Church in 1995. As a certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Lappert established the Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery Unit, as well as the Wound Care Center for the largest medical-treatment facility in the world. A veteran of the Naval Service, he retired with the rank of Captain, USN, after serving for twenty-four years. He also served for three years with the United States Marine Corps, flying in the F4 Phantom with VMFA-451. Deacon Lappert has been married to Patrice Ann Oberst for thirty-four years. They have six grown children.

Dr. Greg Bottaro

Dr. Greg Bottaro is a Catholic Psychologist who directs the CatholicPsych Institute and developed Catholic Mindfulness. Before getting his doctorate, he spent four years living as a Franciscan Friar. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, he formed a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. Dr. Bottaro ultimately discerned a call to family life; he and his wife Barbra have been married for eight years, and they now have six children.

Dr. Christopher Gross

A native of Virginia, Dr. Christopher Gross earned his B.A. in political science and religion from Hampden-Sydney College. After completing his M.T.S. at Harvard Divinity School, he earned his Ph.D. from Catholic University of America. Dr. Gross is currently an assistant professor at Divine Mercy University, where he teaches courses in theological anthropology and virtue ethics. His research has appeared in academic journals such as The Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, The Journal of Moral Theology, and The Journal of Psychology and Theology. His current research interests are in the area of Thomistic virtue ethics, bioethics, and marriage formation. He resides in Manassas, VA, with his wife Jennifer and their seven young children.

Fr. Glenn Sudano, CFR

Fr. Glenn Sudano is one of the eight Founding Members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal which has been granted Pontifical Recognition on June 13, 2016. During the formative years of the Community, Fr. Glenn served as vocation director, novice master, and as community servant (Superior). He continues to serve the community and others through spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, spiritual deliverance ministry, preaching at parish missions and other forms of evangelizing.  He has appeared on EWTN, Relevant Radio, MaryTV of Medjugorje, and at Marian Conferences. 

Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

Sr. Helena Burns is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul. She is a movie reviewer for The Catholic Channel--Sirius XM and she wrote and directed a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione:  She is also a co-producer on  Sister has written a Theology of the Body curriculum and her daily book for women is "Draw Near to Jesus" (revised version of "He Speaks To You," coming out Fall, 2020).  She is a dual citizen, Canada/USA: an international woman of mystery.