Faculty & Staff

Staff & Administrative Support

Faculty: 2018

Dr. Barbara Blackburn, Ph. D. Historical Theology, St. Louis University. Dr. Blackburn is the St. Louis Archdiocesan Director of Religious Education Formation in the Catholic Education Office. She has been involved with Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for 35+ years -- ministering as parish catechist, elementary school teacher, retreat facilitator, catechetical administrator and theology instructor for both Paul VI and S.L.U. She received the Catholic Press Association Book Award for her series of textbooks entitled "Life Project, Forming Christian Attitudes toward Death and Suffering for Children." She contributed the chapter on moral theology for the oft used college theology text "Theological Foundations: Concepts and Methods for Understanding Christian Faith" (St. Mary's Press, 2011). 

Sr. Cathy Doherty, S.S.N.D., Master of Liturgical Studies, Notre Dame. Sr. Doherty is a Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Louis. She has served many years on the St. Louis Archdiocesan Board of Education including several terms as President of that board. She chaired the St Louis Liturgical Commission as well for many years. She is currently serving on the Archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission. 

Fr. Damien Dougherty, O.F.M. S.S.L. in Sacred Scripture, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; S.T.D. inBiblical Theology, Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome and Jerusalem. Fr.Dougherty has extensive teaching experience including Kenrick-Glennon Seminary,the Permanent Diaconate Program of the St. Louis Archdiocese, Notre Dame Pontifical Institute in VA, and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in PA. He has also served as a chaplain at St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton and a formator for the Sisters of St Francis of the Martyr St. George. He has been teaching for PaulVI since 1991, offering courses in scripture, theology and Franciscan spirituality.

Dr. Gresham, PhD in Religious Studies, Baylor University,Waco TX. Dr. Gresham has taught for Paul VI since 2001 and now serves as Director of the Institute. Dr. Gresham's academic experience includes serviceas professor, librarian and administrator at Sterling College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Fontbonne University and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He has traveled a spiritual journey from Evangelical and Pentecostal roots through the Anglican tradition and finally home to the Catholic Church in 1996.He is the author of Jesus 101 and Holy Spirit 101 (Liguori). Dr. Gresham teaches courses in theology and prayer.

Jane Guenther, M.Div. Aquinas Institute of Theology. Mrs.Guenther is the Director of the Catholic Renewal Center in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She is past president of the National Service Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal and now serves on the board of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) in Rome. She has extensive experience in parish ministry, administration, teaching, spiritual direction and healing and deliverance ministry. Mrs. Guenther teaches courses in theology and spirituality.

Deborah Johnson, M. A. in Theology, Administration of Religious Education Programs, Saint Louis University. Deborah serves as Academic Dean, Campus Minister and Theology Teacher at St Dominic High School in O'Fallon. She also has a BS in Special Education from U.M.S.L. and worked with special needs students and their teachers at St. Joachim and Ann School in St.Charles where she served as teacher and principal. She teaches courses in Religious Education. 

Jack Keithley, M.A. Systematic Theology, St. Louis University. Jack teaches theology at Chaminade Preparatory School. At Chaminade he also directs Lectio Divina prayer groups, leads retreats and serves as the Bocce coach. Jack is an adjunct instructor for UMSL and Paul VI. 

Fr. Phil Krill, D. Min. Liturgical Theology, Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, IN. Fr. Krill is pastor of St Gertrude parish in Krakow and St Ann parish in Clover Bottom. In addition to his priestly ministry, Fr. Krill has previous experience as director of religious education and formation, chemical dependency counselor, and total quality management trainer. His published works guide readers in contemplative Trinitarian readings of scripture and church teaching. He teaches courses in theology, liturgy and spirituality.

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, Ph.D. in Literature, St. Louis University, M.A.s in Theology & Philosophy, Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, CT. Dr. Mahfood is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Vice-President of Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is co-author of Catholic Realism: A Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and Evangelization of Atheists and author of Radical Eschatologies: Embracing the Eschaton in the work of [African authors] Thiong'o, Farah and Armah. His lectures on The Narrative Spirituality of Dante's Divine Comedy were published by Now You Know Media. Dr. Mahfood is a lay Dominican with many years of experience serving Catholic higher education as educational technologist,administrator and teacher. He is helping Paul VI launch our new Classics of Christian Culture program, with a guided tour through Dante's depictions of hell, purgatory and paradise. 

Dr. James McCullogh, Ph.D. in Theology, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Former Assistant Dean and Professor of Theology at Pillar College, N.J., Dr. McCullogh has more recently taught as an adjunct at Lindenwood, Maryville, SLU and Webster here in the St. Louis area. He is author of Sense and Spirituality: The Arts and Spiritual Formation (Cascade Books). He has many years of experience in campus ministry as a staff member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. A recent convert to the Catholic Church, Dr. McCullogh teaches courses in Scripture, Theology, and Religious Education.

Christine Middendorf, M.A. Theology, St. Leo University, St. Leo FL. ; Certificate in Lay Leadership Ministry, Diocese of St. Petersburg. Christine taught High School English and Drama for many years in Chicago and Florida. She served in her parishes in bereavement ministry, Renew, RCIA, coordinator of small Christian communities, Parish Council and more. Before moving to St Louis in 2015, she trained catechists for the Diocese of St. Petersburg FL and was an adjunct instructor for St. Leo University in St. Leo FL. 


Dorothy (Dottie) Sanning, M.A. in Religious Education and Theology, Loyola University, Chicago. Dottie has served as elementary school teacher, principal, D.R.E. consultant, editor, and workshop presenter. For many years she worked with Silver Burdett Religion textbook company. She has been teaching for Paul VI for 30+ years. 


Kathy Schoen, M.A.T. Religious Studies, Webster University. Kathy is the St. Louis Archdiocesan Director of Religious Education. She has many years of experience as school teacher, Principal, and D.R.E. She teaches for the M.A. in Religious Education program at SLU. She teaches Religious Education Administration for Paul VI. 


Sr. Adriane Torrisi, S.D.S.H. Doctorate in Music (DMA),Temple University, PA; M.A. in Theology (in progress) Christendom Graduate School of Theology, VA. Sr. Torrisi leads the other sisters of the SocietyDevoted to the Sacred Heart stationed here in St. Louis in offering retreats for parishes, schools and families throughout the Archdiocese. She teaches Catechetical Methods to seminarians in the Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick School of Theology. At Paul VI, she teaches courses on prayer and catechesis.

Dr. Shawn McCauley Welch, Ph.D. in Moral Theology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Welch is Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary where she regularly teaches courses on Fundamental Moral Theology and Social Ethics and has also taught courses on the New Feminism of John Paul II and the Feminine Genius in Edith Stein. She serves a number of dioceses as an instructor in their permanent diaconate programs,teaching courses on fundamental moral issues, medical ethics and social ethics for such dioceses as Belleville, IL, Owensboro, KY, Louisville KY and others. For Paul VI she teaches Moral Theology and other courses. 

Barbara Yoffie. M.A. Religious Education, Loyola University, New Orleans. She has a background in religious education and art and has served many years as Coordinator of Religious Education at St Clement of Rome in St. Louis. She has published numerous children's books on saints in the Saints and Me series published by Liguori including Saints of North American, Saints for Communities, Saints of Christmas and Saints for Families (each set includes 6 individual saint stories). She has also published a number of pamphlets for Liguori.