2012 Homily Contributors

Clarke E. Cochran, Ph.D.
Vice President, Mission Integration
Covenant Health System
Lubbock, Texas

Clarke CochranClarke E. Cochran, Ph.D., is vice president of mission integration at Covenant Health System in Lubbock, Texas, a position he has held since 2008. He was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Lubbock in 1981 and directs the Diocese's Deacon Formation Program.

Clarke retired in 2007 as Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Brown University and his master of arts and doctorate degrees from Duke University. He is the author of numerous books and articles.

He and his wife, Anne, celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary in 2012. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Fr. Gerald Coleman, SS, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, Calif.

Fr. Gerald ColemanFr. Coleman is a member of the American Province, Society of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians). He completed his doctorate degree at the Institute of Christian Thought, University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, Canada. Fr. Coleman published Catholic Priesthood: Formation and Human Development, written primarily for bishops, seminarians and priests, which outlines basic questions regarding human formation and development. He is now working on a textbook on Catholic medical ethics. It includes such topics as abortion, stem cell research, HIV/AIDS and end-of-life issues. In addition, he has written numerous articles and been interviewed for two video productions. His recent course focused on ethics and moral theology.

Sr. Mary Aquin O'Neill, RSM, Ph.D.
Founder/Trustee Emerita/President of the Corporation
Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women

Sr. Mary Aquin O'NeillSr. Mary Aquin O'Neill is a Sister of Mercy, a specialist in the areas of theological anthropology and feminist theory, and the immediate past director of the Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women. She co-founded Mount Saint Agnes after spending 20 years in higher education. Before teaching at the center, Sr. Mary Aquin taught at Convent of Mercy, Mobile, Mount Saint Agnes College, Vanderbilt University, Loyola College of Maryland, Salve Regina College and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

Invitations to lecture have taken her to several distant lands. She has also published in a number of anthologies and theological journals, including the prestigious Theological Studies. Articles of hers often appear in reading lists on college campuses. Sr. Mary Aquin currently serves as president of the Corporation and Trustee Emerita on the Board of Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women. She earned her doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University.

The Most Reverend Richard J. Sklba
Vicar General/Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee

Bishop Richard J. SklbaFor the past 30 years, Bishop Sklba has served on various committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) including Priestly Life and Ministry, Doctrine, Liturgy, Permanent Diaconate, as well as Marriage and Family.

Bishop Sklba served as chair of the USCCB's Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs from 2005-2008. In that capacity, he had the privilege of introducing the nation's religious leaders from several traditions including Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain to Pope Benedict XVI during the Holy Father's historic pastoral visit to the United States in April of 2008.

From 1954 to 1960, he studied at the Gregorian University, Rome, completing an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a graduate degree in theology. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 1959. When ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Archbishop Weakland on Dec. 19, 1979, Bishop Sklba became one of America's youngest bishops.

Bishop Sklba was elected archdiocesan administrator by the College of Consultors in May of 2002, and served in that capacity until the Most Reverend Timothy Dolan was installed as Archbishop of Milwaukee on Aug. 28, 2002. Bishop Sklba continued to serve as the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as an auxiliary bishop and general vicar under Archbishops Dolan and Listecki.

On Sept. 11, 2010, the occasion of his 75th birthday, Bishop Sklba, as required by canon law, submitted his resignation. On Oct. 18, 2010, the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, Pope Benedict XVI accepted Bishop Sklba's resignation. Bishop Sklba will continue to serve the archdiocese as a "retired" bishop assisting in providing weekend help at parishes and presiding at confirmations.