Who We Are

Barbara Baker Barbara Baker works in marketing and social media in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kathleen M. Carroll Kathleen M. Carroll is the managing editor for the book department at Franciscan Media. She loves reading, gardening, animals, babies, baby animals, and extreme recycling. She is the stay-away-from-home mother to four really good-looking children. And no, she will not read your manuscript.
John Feister John Feister, John Feister is editor-in-chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine and other periodicals at Franciscan Media. He has a B.A. in American Studies from University of Dayton, and masters’ degrees in Humanities and in Theology from Xavier University. He writes and edits for various publications and contributes to American Catholic Radio. He is married with three sons. His most recent book, with Charlene Smith, is Thea’s Song: The Life of Thea Bowman (Orbis books).
Angela Glassmeyer Angela Glassmeyer is the marketing manager at Franciscan Media. She is blessed with three amazing children and a husband who both encourages and inspires her. She loves to entertain and feed large crowds of family and friends, but does not love the cleanup that comes with it. Angela has been actively involved at St. James of the Valley for almost twenty years and has served as the PSR coordinator since 2005.
Christopher Heffron Christopher Heffron is the assistant editor and social media editor of
St. Anthony Messenger magazine, and the assistant managing editor of Liberty + Vine. A seeker at heart, he loves music, film, good writing, good wine, pop culture and time spent with family and friends.
Susan Hines-Brigger By day, Susan Hines-Brigger is the managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger. By night, she and her husband, Mark, are the caretakers and social directors for their four kids: Maddie, Alex, Riley and Kacey.
Diane M. Houdek Diane M. Houdek is digital editor at Franciscan Media. She is the author of Lent with St. Francis, Advent with St. Francis and the forthcoming Pope Francis and Our Call to Joy. She is an avid knitter and spinner and shares her home with four large and rambunctious dogs. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she has tried her hand at urban farming and a host of other pursuits and hobbies.
Mary Carol Kendzia Mary Carol Kendzia is a product development director for Franciscan Media Books. She lives in Rhode Island, where she occasionally dips her toes into the Atlantic and reflects on the mysteries of life, among other things.
Fr. Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M. Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., after ordination in 1955, did further studies in Scripture. He taught Scripture to seminarians for 15 years. He has been editor of Sunday Homily Helps for more than 25 years.
Fr. Dan Kroger, O.F.M. Dan Kroger, O.F.M., a native of Cincinnati, joined the Franciscans in 1967 and was ordained in 1973. He taught high school and served in rural parishes in the Philippines. Dan earned a Ph.D. in Christian ethics at Notre Dame. He also taught at De La Salle University, Manila, until he was assigned to his present post as publisher/CEO at Franciscan Media in 2006.
Sharon Lape Sharon Lape is both the permissions manager and the administrative assistant in the periodicals department at Franciscan Media. She also researches and provides content for the popular Minute Meditations feature. Sharon is a wife and a mother of four and is active in “Youth Renew” retreats in her parish.
Sharon Lape Mark Lombard, director of the product development division, has worked throughout his career in Catholic publishing. He is married, the father of two and a grandfather of one. Mark is an avid jazz lover, traveling with his wife to catch jazz performances throughout the East Coast.
Fr. Pat McCloskey, OFM Pat McCloskey, O.F.M., is the Franciscan editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. He also serves as the editor of Franciscan Media’s popular Weekday Homily Helps.
Joan McKamey Joan McKamey is an Indiana-based editor and writer.
Tammy Monjaras Tammy Monjaras serves as the director of the customer satisfaction division. As an avid reader, she loves speaking to customers about the latest books Franciscan Media offers. Tammy is a native Texan but has called Cincinnati home for the past 15 years with her husband, Richard, children and grandchildren.
Louise Pare Louise Paré has spent the last 37 years in Catholic publishing and is currently a director of product development for Servant Books. She works from her home in Michigan, where she is an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
Jennifer Scroggins Jennifer Scroggins joined Franciscan Media in July 2010 as division director of content creation and services. A northern Kentucky native, Jennifer is passionate about travel, sports, cooking, fitness, music and the Catholic faith. She is a member of St. Paul parish in Florence, Ky.
Claudia Volkman Claudia Volkman is a director of product development for Servant Books. She and her husband, Scott, live in Connecticut, where she enjoys walking, knitting, and spending time with her Corgis.
Jack Wintz O.F.M. Jack Wintz, O.F.M., is a retired friar who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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