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Our Spiritual Advisors


Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, S.T.D.

Msgr. SwetlandMonsignor Stuart W. Swetland, S.T.D currently serves as the Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn Endowed Chair for Christian Ethics and Chair of the President’s Committee on Catholic Identity and Mission at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has also served as Vice President for Catholic Identity and Mission and Director of Homiletics and Pre-Theology. Before arriving at Mount St. Mary's University in 2006, Monsignor Swetland served for over a decade as Director of Newman Centers at Bradley University and University of Illinois and as Pastor of two parishes.

Monsignor Swetland has served as Theological Advisor to the Catholic Conference of Illinois and is the Executive Secretary for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Monsignor Swetland is also a highly regarded and regular contributor to Catholic and secular media outlets in radio, TV, magazines, and newspapers .

Monsignor Swetland was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Peoria, IL. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy. Elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1981, he entered the Catholic Church while studying at Oxford. During his time in Oxford, he captained the Oxford University Basketball team to two British University sport Federation national titles. Monsignor Swetland holds a B.A. and M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford; a M.Div. and M.A. from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary; and his S.T.L. and S.T.D. from the Pontifical Lateran University, having studied at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C.



Sr. Susan Pieper, AIL

The community of the Apostles of the Interior Life was founded in Rome, Italy in 1990 by Father Salvatore Scorza, a priest of the Diocese of Rome. Its members are consecrated women who are dedicated full-time to spiritual direction and evangelization. Their spirituality is priestly as it comes from the contemplation of Christ the Priest and His work of mediation. The Apostle adheres to this and collaborates in this in virtue of her baptismal consecration and her taking the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They desire to love Christ and that which is dearest to His heart - that is, His salvific mission. They privilege above all the means in which He realized His mission during those years of apostolic life in Palestine, through His preaching and His personal encounters. One of the episodes that inspires the community is the conversation that Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Thanks to this encounter, the woman recognized in Jesus the Messiah and becomes in her turn a missionary among her fellow villagers, inviting them to meet the Lord.

The Charism and the Rule of Life of the Apostles of the Interior Life was approved by the Diocese of Rome in 1996.


Fr. John Titus

Fr. John Titus is pastor of St Charles Borromeo Parish and chaplain to the Newman Center at Eastern Illinois University, both in Charleston. He previously served as pastor of St Michael the Archangel, Sigel, St Mary of the Assumption in Neoga, St Aloysius in Springfield and chaplain at St Anthony Hospital and to the Sisters of St Francis of the Martyr St George in Alton. Fr John is a native of Mattoon, a 1978 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and received a Masters of Divinity from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Springfield in 1989. Fr. John is a constant source of support for us and we can call on him with any question, concern or need.


Msgr. John Esseff

Msgr. John Esseff is a dear friend and Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton. He was ordained on May 30th, 1953 by the late Bishop William J. Hafey, D.D. at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton, PA.


Fr. Timothy Byerley

Father Timothy Byerley, Ph.D., is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey and Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Mrs. Maria Esperanza de Bianchini (Servant of God) He is also part of the directorship for the Betania Foundation. Fr. Tim is the co-founder and director of Collegium Center for Faith and Culture, an organization in the Diocese of Camden that conducts various works of Catholic evangelization. His book, The Great Commission, published by Paulist Press is based on his doctoral dissertation from Fordham University’s School of Religion and Religious Education, serves to elucidate the history and role of Catholic evangelization efforts. He is in residence at Holy Eucharist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ.


Dr. Margarett Schlientz

Dr. Margarett Schlientz holds Masters degrees in theology (Marquette University), and spirituality (Creighton University), psychiatric nursing (University of Maryland) and a doctorate in Psychiatric nursing (University of Pittsburgh). In her professional career as a university administrator and teacher (Marquette University) she has developed the integration of the psychological and spiritual relationship necessary for human growth and development. With her professional expertise she works as a national consultant as an agent of change affecting the internal culture within the health care system. Because of the value integration for human growth she has consulted with numerous religious communities and diocese. Presently in addition to her work with health care systems she is the Assistant Director at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University where she teaches and ministers to diocesan seminarians in an intensive ten week spiritual renewal program each summer.

Committed to the ministry of healing she has taught numerous workshops throughout the world aiding clergy and laity in the ministry of healing and deliverance. Presently she is part of the team with the Institute training diocesan priests in a three year program in spiritual direction integrating the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.