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Fr. John Geaney, CSP


Excutive Director

John Geaney, CSP is Executive Director of the Catholic Information Center and Rector of the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Born and raised in Malden, MA. Father Geaney was ordained a Paulist Father in 1964, and holds an MA in Theology from St. Paul's College, Washington, DC and an MA in Communications from UCLA. Fr. G has focused his apostolic life on communications, serving as a long time radio host and an award winning producer of several types of adult and children's television programming, talk shows, documentaries, and commercials. Fr. Geaney comes to Grand Rapids from Memphis, TN, where he served eight years as Pastor of St. Augustine Church. Previously, he was Priest Director of Catholic Relief Services, and President of Paulist Communications. Fr. G was also Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and a Chaplain at the University Catholic Center at UCLA. Father Geaney has a rich background in telecommunications work, an area of expertise that he will explore with us at the CIC as we launch into a deeper use of media. He has a heart for social justice and rich pastoral experience in parish settings.

 

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Fr. Tom Tavella, CSP


Born and raised in New York, Fr. Tom joined the Paulists in 1976 and after receiving an M.A. in Scripture Studies from the Washington Theological Union, was ordained a priest in May 1981. He has served in campus ministry, parish work, radio, TV, teaching and preaching parish missions and retreats throughout the United States and in Canada. Fr. Tom is a trained storyteller who specializes in the relationship between storytelling and the Bible..

 

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Fr. Marcos Zamora, CSP




 

Fr. Marcos is Associate Pastor of the Cathedral of St. Andrew and a presenter for the Catholic Information Center. He entered the Paulist community in 1984 and was ordained a Paulist Priest in 1990 after earning an M.A. in Theology from Catholic University in Washington D.C. He served in New York City for 17 years, first as an Associate at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Manhattan, then as Pastor to the Church of the Good Shepherd. Most recently Fr. Marcos served as Associate Pastor to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Knoxville, TN. As a Paulist he has enjoyed working among Hispanics, the Irish and Eastern Europeans. His special interests and studies include Santeria and Voodoo, Christianity and the Fall of the Roman Empire, as well as Christianity and Greek Philosophy.

 

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Fr. John Kenny, CSP


Ordained in 1958, he spent his first summer as a priest, serving at the Catholic Information Center! A life-long scholar, Fr. John has made sabbaticals at the Institut Catholique de Paris, the Catholic University of America in Washington, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He has served as a professor, campus minister and parish pastor in various locations. He was director of the CIC from 1970-78 and returned to the staff in 2000. In 2008, Fr. John celebrated his 50Th anniversary of ordination and now serves in Senior Ministry status.

 

Phone: 616.459.7267 ext. 1804

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Fr. Joachim Lally, CSP


After ten years as a Benedictine Monk, Fr. Joachim joined the Paulist Fathers in 1972. In addition to his theological studies, he has an M.S. in Counseling and is a certified presenter of Centering Prayer. He has served in parishes, Newman centers and information centers, specializing in a variety of ministries with African Americans and Hispanics. He has traveled extensively in the Dominican Republic, participating in and leading over thirty evangelization, construction, and medical missions as well as founding and directing a Spanish language total immersion program in Santo Domingo, from 1985-1995.

 

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Eulene Freeland


Personal Assistant

Eulene is Fr. John Geaney personal assistant. She also designs worship aids, the weekly bulletin and other programs for the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

 

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Kelly McLaughlin


Director of Marketing and Public Relations
 
Kelly's primary focus will be promoting and expanding the reach and impact of the CIC's evangelization and educational content. She will be responsible for communication strategy, branding, and messaging across various media outlets. Kelly has her BA in Communications from Michigan State University and formerly worked in customer relations at Steelcase.
 
 

Phone: 616.459.7267 ext. 1809

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Irene Strom, M.A.T.


Director of Programming
 

Irene brings with her over 35 years of experience in business operations and was instrumental in the Catholic Information Center's move from its previous location on Ionia St. to its present location at 360 Division S. Irene received her Bacheolor's degree in Education and her Masters degree in the Art in Education (MAT) from Aquinas College. She is responsible for the development, execution and follow up for all CIC educational programming and special events. Irene will be contacting local and national speakers to provide for continuing adult faith formation education in Grand Rapids. She will be working with local Catholic parishes to determine their adult educational needs through the "On The Road" program. Irene is also responsible for designing CIC print material used for marketing and publicity. She oversees the use of technology at the CIC and the maintenance of facilities. 

 

Phone: 616.459.7267  ext. 1801

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Lilibeth Marvin


Director of Development

Lilibeth is the newly hired Director of Development at the Catholic Information Center. Prior to this role, she served as an Association Executive for Professional Association Resources (PAR). At PAR, Lilibeth was the Association Executive for ACG Western Michigan, Building Owners & Managers Association, Central Fabricators Association and Great Lakes ACHE.
Lilibeth is a member of the GVSU Downtown Toastmasters Club. Her current and past volunteer/leadership involvement includes Latino Talent Development Program at Ferris State University and the Event Committee at the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Lilibeth holds a B.A. in Finance and International Relations from Universidad San Martin in Barranquilla, Colombia and a master's degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Grand Valley State University.


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Audra Bolhuis


Receptionist
 

Audra joined the Catholic Information Center staff as evening receptionist in August 2011.  She is currently working on completing her Masters degree in education.

 

Phone: 616.459.7267 ext. 1803

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