Meet the Speakers

Deacon Joseph Michalak, Jr., M.A.T.

michalakFor over ten years, Deacon Michalak lived as a member of a lay ecumenical brotherhood and served in evangelistic, catechetical, and formational work in Michigan, London (England), and Minnesota. He is in his fourteenth year as Director of the Institute for Diaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and was recently also appointed Director of the Diaconate. Since 1997 Deacon Michalak has been adjunct faculty in Theology at the University of St. Thomas and now at the St. Paul Seminary. In addition to diaconal studies, his specialties are Catholic culture, fundamental moral theology, and marriage and sexuality. He is a regular instructor in the Archdiocese’s Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute and was one of the speakers for this past year’s Archdiocesan Rediscover series.
Deacon Michalak has taught in or given retreats for numerous diocesan diaconate programs and in 2012 had the privilege of preaching the preordination retreat for the first permanent deacons to be ordained in Ireland. For six years Deacon Michalak served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Diaconate Directors (NADD), he is faculty in the NADD’s National Directory Institute (co-sponsored by the Pontifical College Josephinum), and he serves as theological consultant to the NADD Convention Committee.
Deacon Michalak and his Scottish wife Anne have five children. Though in exile in Minnesota from his boyhood Pittsburgh home, Deacon Michalak remains an avid Pirates and Steelers fan, and, as a good father should, has passed that love on to his children. Deacon Michalak was ordained by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt in September 2010 and serves at Holy Spirit parish in St. Paul.

John A. Coleman S.J.

colemanJohn A. Coleman S.J., a sociologist and ethicist, was for many years the Charles Casassa Professor of Social Values at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Coleman is the author of One Hundred Years of Catholic Social Teaching ( Orbis, 1991); Globalization and Catholic Social Thought ( Orbis, 2005) and Christian Political Ethics (Princeton University Press, 2007). He has contributed some sixty chapters to various books and has edited 15 books. He has also written over 120 articles. His specialty has been in sociology of religion and social ethics. For the last ten years he has been lecturing and writing about environmental issues. He serves on the board of California Power and Light which engages congregations in environmental care. He is currently associate pastor at Saint Ignatius church in San Francisco.