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Instructors

Mr. Daniel Almeter

Mr. Daniel Almeter

Daniel Almeter is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Augusta, Georgia. He received his master’s in counseling from Augusta State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience in counseling and spiritual direction. He is an elder in the Alleluia Christian Community and has been involved in leadership, faith formation and mentoring other men for over 30 years. Dan has been a national and international speaker in many Catholic and Ecumenical settings. He is the United States' representative to the Catholic Fraternity of Communities. He attends the “Gathering of the Holy Spirit,” a dialogue sponsored by the Center for Unity in Rome, Italy and in union with the Council for Christian Unity in the Vatican to work toward unity between Catholic and new charismatic churches. Dan is the author of a soon-to-be published book, Unity: On Earth as in Heaven.

Fr. Brett Brannen

Fr. Brett Brannen

Fr. Brett Brannen was ordained a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah in 1991. He is presently the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Savannah, Georgia. He has served the diocese as Vocation Director and pastor of several parishes. He received his training at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. He holds a M. Div and MA in Scripture. He served as Vice Rector at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary for six years.

Fr. Brannen has published two books dealing with priestly vocations: To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood and A Priest in the Family: A Guide for Parents Whose Sons are Considering Priesthood. These books have become standard guides for young men and their parents in discerning a priestly vocation. Fr. Brannen gives numerous retreats for priests and seminarians, as well as parish missions. He is an instructor/retreat master for The Theology of the Body Institute and he is an instructor at The Institute for Priestly Formation.

Mr. Ian Butler

Mr. Ian Butler

Ian is a Catholic clinician who has worked since 1999 as a counselor for Catholic Social Services with the Diocese of Lincoln Nebraska. He has a Masters in Counseling from Franciscan University, with a concentration in Christian Counselling as well as a Masters in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University’s Institute for Pastoral Theology. He is the Executive Director of Holy Family Counseling Services and is currently developing an apostolate to work with priests and seminarians: St. John Vianney Counselling Services. Ian is married and father to three children.

Mrs. Beverly Firmin

Mrs. Beverly Firmin

Beverly Firmin is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Augusta Georgia. She is wife of 41 years to Michael and mother of 9 children and grandmother to 11. Beverly received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and her master’s in social work at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years’ experience in counseling and therapy. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina School of Social Work, working with the formation of social work students in their field placements.

She received her certificate in spiritual direction from Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality in Clearwater, Florida. She has experience in spiritual direction and faith formation. She has been a member of the Alleluia Christian Community, an ecumenical covenant community, for 34 years and been involved in teaching and mentoring women over these years.

Fr. Daniel Firmin

Fr. Daniel Firmin

Fr. Daniel Firmin was ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah in 2004. He studied at Franciscan University of Steubenville and at the North American College in Rome Italy. He holds a Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America. Since ordination, Fr. Firmin has served as the Chancellor of the Savannah Diocese. He is presently the Vicar General of the Savannah Diocese, Moderator of the Curia and a Judge on the Marriage Tribunal of the diocese. He serves at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and has experience in Spiritual Direction. Fr. Firmin serves as spiritual assistant to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, chaplain to the Legatus chapter of Savannah and is the spiritual advisor to the Catholic Fraternity of the Alleluia Community.

Mr. Michael Firmin

Mr. Michael Firmin

Michael Firmin is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Augusta, Georgia. He is married to Bev for 41 years and is father to 9 and grandfather to 11 grandchildren. Mike’s educational background has been in theology and philosophy at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Mike received a call on his life to serve the poor in his early 20’s and this has been his life’s work. He started three organizations to serve the poor in Louisiana before moving to Georgia in 1981 to join the Alleluia Christian Community. He has been a member of this community for 34 years. Mike was the founding director of the Golden Harvest Food Bank, a non-profit organization to feed the poor. He recently retired from this position after 31 years, having built it into a work that feeds the poor in 30 counties in Georgia and South Carolina. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Mike spearheaded an inter-church humanitarian relief effort to the newly-independent Republic of Georgia from 1993-2003. He sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations including SOS DRS, an international disaster relief agency. He gives retreats several times a year, and has extensive experience in leadership, mentoring and spiritual direction. Mike received his certificate in spiritual direction from Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality in Clearwater, Florida.

Dr. John Gresham

Dr. John Gresham

Dr. John Gresham is a Professor of Theology and Director of Distance Education and Online Learning in the Institute for Lay Ministry at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit MI. After receiving a BA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College in Illinois, John and his wife spent a year in Youth With a Mission before John returned to Wheaton for his MA in Theology. He went on to complete a PhD in Religious Studies at Baylor University and MS in Library Science at the University of North Texas.

In his academic career Dr. Gresham has worked as a theology professor and/or librarian at Christian Life College, Baylor University, Sterling College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Fontbonne University and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (where he also served as Academic Dean for seven years). Dr. Gresham is a certified Spiritual Director (graduate of Alleluia) and teaches each summer in a spirituality program for seminarians run by the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE. He and his wife (who is also a spiritual director) were resident caretakers of Vision of Peace Hermitages, a small retreat center near St Louis, from 2015-2018. While serving at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Dr. Gresham also taught courses for the Paul VI Catechetical Institute, Archdiocese of St. Louis where he introduced online courses for the laity. After 15 years of teaching online for Paul VI Institute, he accepted the invitation in 2018 to provide leadership for online education at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Dr. Gresham traveled a spiritual pilgrimage from evangelical and Pentecostal roots through the Episcopal Church, finally finding his way into the Catholic Church in 1996. In 2008, he shared his story on the Journey Home program on EWTN. Today he is involved in Catholic Charismatic Renewal and ecumenical dialogue with Pentecostals and new charismatic churches.

John is the author of the books Jesus 101, Holy Spirit 101 and co-author of Wonder and the Prayerful Study of Theology. He has been married almost 40 years, has 5 children and 3 grandchildren (so far).

Mrs. Jane Guenther

Mrs. Jane Guenther

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 is a professor at the Pope Paul VI Institute of Continuing Education. She has extensive experience in parish ministry, administration, teaching, spiritual direction and healing and deliverance ministry. Mrs. Guenther teaches courses in theology and spirituality.

Fr. Timothy McKeown

Fr. Timothy McKeown

Fr. Timothy McKeown, ordained in 1997, is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Georgia. He has served as a pastor for 7 years, presently serving as pastor of St. Francis Xavier in Brunswick, Georgia and Our Lady of the Nativity in Darien, Georgia. He received his pre-theology training at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Theology at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD and the North American College in Rome, Italy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a master's in spirituality from the Angelicum in Rome. He also holds advanced degrees in Sacred Sciences: STL in spirituality from the Angelicum – catechesis as the basis for spirituality.

He brings a wealth of experience in pastoring in the spiritual life as he served the diocese as Vocation Director for 6 years and served as Vice Rector of Seminary Life at the North American College in Rome for 3 years. He has been a presenter at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE.

Fr. Dennis McManus

Fr. Dennis McManus

Fr. Dennis McManus is a priest of the Archdiocese of Mobile in Alabama. From 1997-2006, he worked as Associate Director of the Secretariat for the Liturgy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. Pope John Paul II named him as consultor and theologian to the newly established Vox Clara commission of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on which he has served since 2001; Pope Benedict XVI then appointed Fr. McManus as consultor to the Congregation itself in 2010 and then as peritus to the Vox Clara commission. He has taught as professor of liturgy at Conception Abbey Seminary, the Dominican House of Studies, Dunwoodie Seminary, St. John the Evangelist Seminary in Boston and at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg.

Fr. McManus has written widely on liturgical topics, but specialized in the application of translation theory to the Roman Rite, and in the development of the Rites of Exorcism. Fr. McManus served as pastoral coordinator for the Archdiocese of New York in deliverance and exorcism ministry from 2009-2011. He is also the USCCB Delegate for Jewish Affairs and membered on both the Vatican-Baptist dialogue (2007-20012) and the USCCB-Reform Churches dialogue which issued its historic joint agreement on the form and recognition of baptism (2012). He was general editor of Paulist Press’ Ancient Christian Writers Series from 1994-2007 and translation editor of Varsity Press’ Ancient Christian Commentary from 1995-1998 . Fr. McManus has taught courses in theology, medieval literature, classical languages and Jewish studies for over 40 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in classical languages and philosophy from St. Mary’s College of California; a master’s degree in historical ethics from Georgetown University and a doctorate in historical ethics from Drew University. He serves as Professor in the department of Jewish civilization at Georgetown University and Professor of Systematic Theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg.