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Speaker Biosketches

Keynote Speaker

Reverend Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., has served as the 23rd president of Loyola University Chicago since June 2001.  In June 2011, Father Garanzini was appointed by Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus, to serve as the Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus. In this new role, which officially began on September 1, 2011 and is in addition to his continued service as president and CEO of Loyola, Father Garanzini assists the Father General on a part-time basis, coordinating and championing Jesuit higher-education issues around the world.

Prior to becoming president of Loyola, Father Garanzini was a full professor of psychology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he had been special assistant to the president for two years. Before joining Georgetown, Father Garanzini was a visiting professor at Fordham University in New York.

Active in community service, Father Garanzini is known for his work on behalf of children and families. He is a frequent speaker and has published many books and articles on issues such as child and family therapy, moral development, and Catholic education.

Plenary Speaker

Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D. is the Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. He taught previously at Xavier University in Cincinnati and at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Ph.D. in 2002. Dr. Hahnenberg is the author of three books—Ministries: A Relational Approach (Crossroad, 2003), A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007), and Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call (Liturgical Press, 2010)—and numerous articles in academic and pastoral journals. He is currently a delegate to the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue and was a theological consultant to the U.S. Bishops’ Subcommittee on Lay Ministry in its preparation of the document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. In 2011 he received the Spirit of the Conference Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry in recognition of his contributions to the church’s ministerial life.

Plenary Speaker

Reverend Stephen Schloesser, S.J. was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1992 following his theology studies at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass. He then studied History and Humanities at Stanford University, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1999. His book, Jazz Age Catholicism: Mystic Modernism in Postwar Paris, 1919-1933, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2005 and won the John Gilmary Shea prize from the American Catholic Historican Association. In 2008, he curated an exhibition and edited its catalog: Mystic Masque: Semblance and Reality in Georges Rouault, 1871-1958 http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/artmuseum/exhibitions/archive/mystic-masque/index.html . His forthcoming book, Visions of Amen: The Early Life and Work of Olivier Messiaen, will be published by Eerdmans in 2013. He is presently an associate professor in the History Department at Loyola University Chicago.