Institute Committee


Meet the Institute Committee

Peter Casarella

Peter CasarellaPeter Casarella teaches at the University of Notre Dame. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Director of the Latin American North American Church Concerns Project in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. His field of study is Systematic Theology, and his research interests include Latino/a Theology, Medieval Christian Thought (especially Bonaventure, Nicholas of Cusa), and Theological Aesthetics.

He has published sixty essays in scholarly journals on a variety of topics. At DePaul University, he was the founding Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. In 2005 he served as President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the US (ACHTUS) and in 2016-2017 was the President of the Academy of Catholic Theologians. He has edited or co-edited: Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church (1998), Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (1998), Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance (2006), and, most recently, Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress, a collection of essays on the social encyclical Caritas in Veritate (2015). His study of Cusanus: Word as Bread: Language and Theology in Nicholas of Cusa appeared in the Buchreihe der Cusanus-Gesellschaft with Aschendorff Verlag in the spring of 2017.

Bishop Joseph Cistone

Bishop Joseph CistoneBishop Joseph R. Cistone, a native of Philadelphia, was ordained in 1975 and served in the Archdiocese as a parish priest, pastor and Auxiliary Bishop until his appointment as the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw Michigan in 2009. He also served as Dean of Formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Bishop Cistone has served on numerous Committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has been a member of the Our Sunday Visitor Institute Advisory Committee since 2014.

Mary Louise Gorno

Mary Louise GornoMary Lou Gorno is the Managing Director of Ingenuity International and leads the CEO and Board search practice for Fortune 500, mid-cap, and privately owned companies. As a board and CEO advisor, she specializes in organizational governance, succession planning and leadership issues. Gorno joined the executive search profession with more than two decades in media, marketing, and strategic planning. Previously Gorno was a senior executive at Leo Burnett Worldwide, a global advertising agency and part of Publicis Groupe. Mary Lou assumed global business-building responsibility for Reebok Inc., Walt Disney Company, and the Procter & Gamble Company.Gorno earned a BA from Saint Mary’s College, an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Capital Campaign at Saint Mary’s and received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities. Gorno was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago in 2004 and currently serves as Vice Chair and member of its Executive Committee. Her philanthropic work also includes being Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Kyle Hamilton (ex officio member)

Kyle HamiltonKyle Hamilton is the Chief Executive Officer of Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. Since 1986, he has served the company in various positions including President of Offertory Solutions. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University at Fort Wayne. Kyle has been actively involved in the community through his service with the Huntington County Community Foundation, Junior Achievement, YMCA, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, the Huntington County United Economic Development Corporation, and the President’s Advisory Council on Excellence at Huntington University.

Msgr. Michael Heintz, Ph.D.

Msgr Michael HeintzMsgr Michael Heintz, PhD, is Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Mount St Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD, where he also serves as spiritual director.  A priest of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend, he had previously served for over a decade at the University of Notre Dame, where for six years he directed the Master of Divinity Program.  He was rector and pastor of St Matthew Cathedral, South Bend, from 2003-2016.  He is a member of the North American Patristic Society, the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and the Academy of Catholic Theology.

Kevin Lowry

Kevin LowreyKevin Lowry is an enthusiastic convert to the Catholic faith. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and Franklin University, Kevin has spent over twenty-five years in financial and executive management roles. Kevin currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for RevLocal, a rapidly growing digital marketing company.

Kevin is a member of the Board of Directors of Our Sunday Visitor (OSV), The Coming Home Network International, St. Gabriel Catholic Radio, and is past President of the Columbus chapter of Legatus. Kevin is a frequent speaker and has written numerous articles in the Catholic press. He is the author of two books published by OSV, Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck and How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church.

Kevin and his beloved wife live in Columbus, Ohio, and have eight children and two grandchildren -- so far!

Father Val Peter

Father Val PeterFather Val J. Peter has spent most of his adult life serving at-risk boys and girls. For 20 years he was Executive Director of the renowned Boys Town in Nebraska. During his tenure, he expanded the Home's mission to 17 states and the District of Columbia with program sites from coast to coast. Fr. Peter has been an outspoken national leader and serves on numerous national boards. He has published 29 books and authored more than 150 scholarly articles. Prior to his work at Boys Town, he was a tenured professor at Creighton University.  He currently serves as Director of the Catholic Center at Boys Town and Emeritus Executive Director. Fr. Peter has served on Our Sunday Visitor Institute Advisory Committee for many years and is a long-time member of Our Sunday Visitor Board of Directors.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades

Bishop Kevin RhodesBishop Kevin C. Rhoades was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Harrisburg on July 9, 1983. He attained advanced degrees in theology and canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Bishop Rhoades’ priestly ministry included assignments in Hispanic ministry and the Harrisburg diocesan chancery as well as pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Harrisburg. He then served as a faculty member and then Rector of Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was ordained a bishop on December 9, 2004, and served as Bishop of Harrisburg for five years until his installation as Bishop of Fort Wayne – South Bend on January 13, 2010.

Bishop Rhoades has served on several committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), including Chair of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and Chair of the USCCB Task Force on Health Care. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the International Catholic-Reformed Theological Dialogue on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services and Chair of the Board of Directors of Our Sunday Visitor.

Jason Shanks

Jason ShanksJason Shanks is President of the OSV Institute. Prior to OSV, Jason served as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM).  Here he successfully combined and reorganized five separate county-based Catholic social service agencies into one regional service agency that assists more than 20,000 people annually for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Prior to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Jason was Secretariat Leader of Evangelization and Parish for the Diocese of Toledo.  Earlier in his career, his involvement in Youth Ministry and Business and Pastoral Administration provided him with strong parish experience.

Jason has a Bachelor's degree in Education from Miami University, Oxford, OH; a Master's degree in Theology from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH; and a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from Mendoza College of Business of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.  He also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN.

Carolyn Woo

Carolyn WooDr. Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D., is a Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University (February 2017). She is a past President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Dr. Woo served as Dean at Mendoza College of Business. Prior to the University of Notre Dame, she served as Associate Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University. Her teaching, research and administrative leadership have been recognized through Best Paper Awards by the Academy of Management, selection as one of Forty Young Leaders of American Academe by Change Magazine (the journal of the American Association for Higher Education), distinguished alumna and honorary alumna by Purdue University and University of Notre Dame, as well as by the conferral of honorary doctorates from Providence College, University of St. Francis, Lewis University, as well as the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Woo was the first female dean to chair the accreditation body for business schools (AACSB: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and directed its initiative for Peace through Commerce. She has been an Independent Director of NiSource Inc. since 1998 and Director of Cardinal Health 100, Inc. since 1997. She has been an Independent Director of Aon Plc since 1998. She serves as a Director at Aon Hewitt LLC. She served as Director of Northern Indiana Public Service Company, Inc since 1997. She was Director of Arvin Industries, Inc since 1999. She was Director of St. Joseph Capital Corp. She served as a Director of Circuit City Stores Inc from 2001 to March 11, 2009. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Woo served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services. She serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities USA; Aileron Foundation; the Board of Regents, University of Portland; the Board of Governors, University of Notre Dame Australia; Archdiocese of Baltimore Independent Child Abuse Review Board; Executive Council on Development of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Migration & Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; and the International Policy Committee, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board, Fuel Up to Play 60 (sponsored by National Football League and the National Dairy Council); helped launch the Principles for Responsible Management Education for the United Nations Global Compact program; and the Diversity Advisory Committee of KPMG. Dr. Woo attended Purdue University, where she received her B.S. in Economics, M.S.I.A. and Ph.D. degrees.