Staff and Contributors
In four years of building Called and Consecrated/Llamadas y consagradas, many people have supported the work in a variety of ways. They each brought their gifts and talents to the tasks at hand and the curriculum is stronger for their presence in it.
Dr. Ann D. David, Curriculum Site Director, is an Associate Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word. She brought her knowledge and training in curriculum and instruction, including digital literacies, to the work of the project, envisioning an interactive, multimedia rich curriculum for young people to experience the stories of sisters. Dr. David also has a long history in Catholic higher education, as an alumna of the University of Notre Dame, and working at St. Edward’s University in Austin for several years before coming to Incarnate Word.
Rose Beauclair Radkowski served as a curriculum writer and editor throughout the project. In addition to copy editing the entire curriculum, she wrote three units:
- How are Sisters Called?
- How do Sisters Serve?
- How have Sisters Changed History?
Rose also offered developmental editing on all units, presented at the summer conferences in 2018, 2019, and 2020. An alumna of the University of Notre Dame ECHO program, Rose brought both theological and parish catechetical expertise to her work. Additionally, she worked with the Sisters of Divine Providence in Pennsylvania and at St. John’s University in Minnesota.
Amanda Murillo Estrada served as a curriculum writer and translator, writing and translating the How do Sisters Create Community? Unit, and contributing to the unit Teaching with Called and Consecrated: Formation and Professional Development for Catechists. Amanda presented at the summer conferences in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She brings almost a decade of teaching experience in Catholic school, both theology and mathematics, in addition to experiences with Camino, a virtual Spanish-language formation program sponsored by the University of Notre Dame. Lastly, Amanda is a graduate of University of Notre Dame’s ECHO program.
Dr. Jakob K. Rinderknecht supported the project with theological guidance across a range of topics presented in the curriculum. He reviewed units for consistency with doctrine and history. He also led sessions on religious history at the project’s summer conferences and worked with the team to market the curriculum nationally.
Elizabeth Ortiz served as a Graduate Assistant for the project from 2017-2019 while she worked on her Master’s in Pastoral Ministry at the University of the Incarnate Word. Elizabeth wrote the How Do Sisters Pray? and What is Charism? units and presented at the 2018 summer workshop. In addition, Elizabeth supported the project with translations, workshop preparation, and outreach to schools and parishes. She brought over a decade of experience in parish youth ministries to her work on the curriculum.
Briana Villarreal served an internship with the project for 2020, graduating from the University of the Incarnate Word with a BA in Pastoral Ministry in May of 2020. She worked on the project, by translating and copy editing the Spanish units, as well as collecting multimedia resources for the curriculum. Briana represented the project at the LA Congress in 2020 and presented at the virtual summer workshop in 2020.
- Production company: BigBalloon, Than Niles
- Photography: Chris Stokes
- Illustrations: Julie Lonemann
- Original music composition: Chris de Silva
Alejandra Herrera, a 2018 alumna of the University of Incarnate Word, supported the project from 2018-2019 with translation and workshop preparation. Alejandra is currently finishing her Master’s in Theology at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Christopher Samuel supported the project as a theology teacher at St. Anthony’s Catholic High School in 2018 and 2019. He used the curriculum with sophomore theology students, presented his experiences in the summer 2018 conference, and shared the curriculum at the Newark Archdiocese annual catechist convocation.
Rosi Cortez supported the project as the campus minister at two San Antonio Catholic schools, St. Anthony’s Catholic High School and Incarnate Word High School. She presented with Christopher at the summer 2018 conference, and represented the project at the National Catholic Education Association conference in the spring of 2019.
Original Faculty Advisory Group