Meet Your Instructors

Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD

Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD is a Secular Discalced Carmelite, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and Academic Advisor for the Benedicta Institute for Women®. He received his MTS from St Norbert College and his PhD in systematic theology from Loyola University Chicago. He has published twelve books as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Catholic theology and philosophy. His areas of expertise merge at the intersection of Carmelite spirituality, phenomenology, metaphysics, and sacramental theology. Wallenfang served in full-time Catholic youth and young adult ministry for nine years. He has been married to his wife, Megan, for twenty-three years and has six children.

Monica Miller, PhD

Monica Miller, PhD is a nationally-known pro-life leader, founder and director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, active in the pro-life movement since 1976. She is also a professor of Theology at Madonna University in Livonia, MI — author of several published books and articles including Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church and Abandoned—The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars. Dr. Miller speaks on a number of topics including abortion and pro-life issues, infanticide, euthanasia, “gay Marriage,” Catholic teachings on artificial contraception, artificial reproduction, the role of women in the Church, theology of the body, Sacraments and Liturgy.

Johnnette Benkovic Williams

Johnnette Benkovic Williams is the Founder and President of Women of Grace®, a Catholic outreach for women and the Benedicta Institute for Women®. She is also a popular speaker, author, and television and radio show host seen and heard internationally on EWTN Television and Radio. Johnnette has served in Catholic ministry for over 35 years, with an emphasis in Catholic women’s spiritual formation.

Most Reverend Bishop William John Waltersheid

Most Reverend Bishop William John Waltersheid is Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Titular Bishop of California, ordained by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011. He is a Third Order Discalced Carmelite and he is Spiritual Advisor to Women of Grace® and Benedicta Institute for Women®.

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