Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (SHSST) has added five new faculty members and added a new position for mission, building on its cadre of respected theologians skilled in priestly formation for men of all ages.
Jennifer Bartholomew has been named director of library and academic support services. She brings to the seminary’s Leo Dehon Library 11 years of experience as a librarian in a seminary context. She holds both a master of arts degree in Old Testament from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and a master of library and information science degree from Dominican University. She most recently served as the digital resources, instruction and outreach librarian at Luther Seminary. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), and currently chairs its Governance Committee. She has published a number of articles and has presented numerous conference papers at national professional association meetings.
Mr. Michael Brummond, who taught at Sacred Heart as an adjunct instructor during last year’s May session, will assume full-time teaching and administrative duties. He will teach sacrament courses, among others, to allow Human Formation Director Fr. Steve Malkiewicz more time for formational advising duties. In addition, he will provide administrative support to the preaching program, which will also allow Director of Homiletics Dcn. Steve Kramer to take on additional formational duties. Brummond holds an S.T.L. degree from University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary, and is currently finishing his dissertation to complete his S.T.D. in systematic theology also from Mundelein.
Dr. Robert Gotcher will assume a full-time role in a new position, coordinator of mission and educational effectiveness. Gotcher holds a Ph.D. from Marquette University. In this new role, he will be responsible for promoting the SCJ mission and Dehonian charism of the seminary. He will also be taking on the roles of assessment coordinator and accreditation liaison officer. In connection to this latter role, he will also function as the chair of the self-study process related to renewal of SHSST accreditation in fall 2019. Gotcher will continue his previous part-time role as the writing skills associate as well.
Fr. Brad Krawczyk, a 2012 Sacred Heart alumnus and a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will assume the position of director of liturgy and formation advisor. He will be a priest in residence at the seminary. For the coming year he will be half-time while he completes his master of liturgical arts degree at Mundelein Seminary and continues as master of ceremonies and logistics coordinator for Archbishop Jerome Listecki. He will become a full-time faculty member in fall, 2017.
Dr. Paul Monson has been hired as assistant professor of Church history. Monson received his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2014 and has already proven to be a prolific scholar, having published 10 articles and 10 book reviews in academic journals. He specializes in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, with a particular focus on its transatlantic and intercultural dimensions. He was previously a visiting professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles since 2014.
Dr. John Olesnavage has been named vice president for pastoral formation. Olesnavage received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Union Institute and University and is a licensed psychologist. He also holds a master’s degree in guidance and counselling from Wayne State University. He previously served as a consultant for the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Gaylord, Mich., and often visited SHSST in that role. He is perhaps best known for his personal empowerment course, “My Powerful Question,” which he offers for entrepreneurs and in Michigan schools. He has extensive experience in family and community mental health services.