2011 Homily Contributors

Fr. Joseph J. Driscoll
Vice President
Center for Ministry Leadership
Bon Secours Health System Office, Inc.

Fr. Joseph J. DriscollFr. Joseph J. Driscoll, M. Div., is the vice president of the Center for Ministry Leadership for the Bon Secours Health System, Inc. He served as president of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains for 11 years where he was nationally recognized for his speaking and writing on spirituality and health care. He is on the faculty for the Harvard Medical School, Spirituality and Healing in Medicine program. He was on the first editorial board of the Journal for Palliative Medicine and has lectured at Georgetown University Medical School, the George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health, and for programs sponsored by the American Association of Medical Schools. A graduate of St. John's Seminary in Boston (bachelor of arts degree and master's degree in divinity), he was ordained from the Archdiocese of Boston in 1979. He received a master of science degree in spirituality from Neumann College in 2003 and is a trained spiritual director.

Ann Garrido, D.Min.
Associate Professor of Homiletic
Director of Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Aquinas Institute of Theology

Ann Garrido, D.Min.Ann Garrido, D.Min., holds both her master of divinity and a doctorate of ministry degrees from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. She has served on the Institute's faculty for the past 11 years, teaching in the areas of pastoral theology, catechesis and homiletics, while also administering various degree programs and grant projects, including — most recently — a two-year project on integrating a Christian approach to conflict management within the institution's culture.

For her first seven years on the faculty, Ms. Garrido served as the institute's director of field education, working with students in various ministerial fields to learn not only from text books, but in the context of "doing ministry." From 2005 to 2007, she acted as the chair of the Catholic Association for Theological Field Education. 

She has published several articles related to supervision and theological reflection for wider audiences in Catholic Health World, America Magazine, Human Development and the National Association of Lay Ministry Newsletter. She is currently working on two new books — one on mystagogical exercises aimed at helping Christians connect liturgy, scripture and life; and a second one concerning the spirituality of administration.

Rev. Thomas A. Nairn, OFM, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Ethics
The Catholic Health Association

Rev. Thomas A. Nairn, OFM, Ph.D.Rev. Thomas A. Nairn, O.F.M., Ph.D., is senior director of ethics for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). He is a Franciscan priest. Before coming to CHA, he was the Erica and Harry John Family Professor of Catholic Ethics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Director of its Health Care Mission Leadership Program. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and has taught in several schools the U.S. and also in Melbourne, Australia; Harare, Zimbabwe, and Singapore. He has also been a board member of the Center of Compassionate Care of the Illinois Catholic Health Association and of the journal Human Development. He served as an ethical consultant for the CMSM/LCWR Task Force on Health Care for Religious. He has published many articles on heath care ethics and has recently edited two volumes on Cardinal Bernardin's consistent ethic of life.

Sr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ

Sr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJSr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, was professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, from 1977-2003, and Charles Fischer Catholic professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University until her retirement in 2008. She is a former associate editor of The Bible Today and New Testament Book Review Editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.  Her most recent publications are Ordained Women in the Early Church, co-edited with Kevin Madigan (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), and A Woman's Place: Early Christian House Churches, co-authored with Margaret MacDonald. She holds a doctorate in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard University, and is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature.