PROFESSOR EXEQUIEL MONGE ALLEN, Ph.D. candidate, M.A.
Exequiel Monge-Allen is a PhD (candidate) in Celtic Studies NUIG (Northern University of Ireland, Galway), who already holds an MA in Old and Middle Irish, a BA in History PUCC (Chile), and a BA in Education UAH (Chile).
Mr. Monge-Allen (32 years old, Chilean) is a historian, specializing in monasticism and medieval religion. His field of expertise is Early Christian Ireland, with a special focus on monastic theology and spirituality. His MA thesis explored discourses about love and friendship among early medieval Irish monastics. His PhD dissertation, which was funded by the Irish Research Council, consists of modernised editions and translations of the so-called “céili Dé corpus” of monastic legislation, hagiographical anecdote, nomic dicta and devotional poetry, which he has analysed from a historical and theological perspective. He has published papers in Spanish and English, the most important of which is his study on the hagiographical construction of Saint John the Apostle in medieval Irish literature, published in Études Celtiques 43 (2017).
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DR. JOSEPH COLIN RICHARDS
Archbishop Joseph Richards is the Suffragan Archbishop of the AAOCC and Ordinary of the Americas. He is also acting Dean of Vocations. His Grace holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Seminary in Ohio. Bishop Richards has been an active retreat master, spiritual director, and teacher in both the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Churches for many years and brings his immense knowledge and experience to the AAOCC and St. Hildegards. Bishop Richards primary areas of focus are church history and liturgy, as well as scripture and spirituality of the priesthood. Bishop Richards lives in Mansfield, OH where he manages St. Thomas the Apostle Retreat House.
Archbishop Richards also teaches Patristics, Church History I and II, The Reformation and Counter Reformation, and Pastoral
MR. DON MARLETTE, M.DIV.
Mr. Don Marlette received his B.A. in Philosophy from Conception Seminary College and his Master of Divinity degree from St. John's School of Theology/Seminary in Collegeville, MN (Roman Catholic). There he focused on Monastic Studies and Liturgy. Afterward, he entered Marmion Abbey as a Roman Catholic Benedictine Monk until he left to start a family. He has since served as a Director of Liturgy and Music for several RC parishes in Minnesota and Iowa and has taught in various aspects of parish life, including R.C.I.A. and other adult programming. He also trains lay people and clergy in Liturgical Ministries. Mr. Marlette has presented at Loras College's Leadership Institute and continues to lecture at various diocesan and parish events for the Roman Catholic Church. He assists the AAOCC in monastic foundational work and religious life. He resides in Iowa with his wife and six children.
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