View the list of Catholic Studies Program Faculty Publications (2015-2016) and see our faculty's bios below.


Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, ph.d., Haub Director of the Catholic Studies Program

The recipient of the Georgetown University Alumni Association Faculty Award for 2008, she received both the Annual Award for Excellence in the Arts from The Newington-Cropsey Foundation and the Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award from Georgetown University in 2000. During 1996-97, she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is also the author of numerous articles for scholarly journals and collected volumes. She and Doug Adams co-edited Art as Religious Studies (1987) and Dance as Religious Studies (1990). With Lucinda Ebersole, she was the co-editor of Women, Creativity, and the Arts: Critical and Autobiographical Perspectives (1995). She is preparing two anthologies, Sources and Documents in the History of Christian Art and Sources and Documents in 19th serves on the editorial boards of Biblical Reception and Twentieth Century Religious Thought, and completes Christian Art: A Companion Guide (2014), Swedenborg and Five Artists (2013), and the translation of Encountering Religions. Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona was guest curator and author of the catalogue for In Search of Mary Magdalene: Images and Traditions (2002). She served as a Core Consultant to the PBS/BBC series, Dancing! (1993), and as co-curator for the celebratory exhibition, "Noguchi at the Dance," for the Dance Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (1994).

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 Michelle siemietkowski, assistant director of the catholic studies programMichelle Siemietkowski

Michelle Siemietkowski holds a M.A. in Pastoral Studies with a concentration in Ignatian spirituality from the Washington Theological Union and a M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies from Georgetown University.  She also holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University.  She has worked at Georgetown University since August 1992 in the Offices of Advancement, International Programs, and now Mission and Ministry.  In addition to serving as a chaplain and retreat director at Georgetown, Ms. Siemietkowski oversees campus ministry at the Medical Center, the Law Center, the School of Continuing Studies and in the residence halls on the main campus. 


Mark Gray, Research Associate Professor, Director of CARA Catholic Polls at Georgetown's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)

Dr. Gray has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on culture and politics, political participation, democratization, and religion and politics. Methodologically, Mark specializes in survey research, trend analysis, and cross-sectional time-series studies. Dr. Gray came to Georgetown in 2002. Since that time he has been a primary investigator for 15 national surveys of adult Catholics at CARA ranging from media use to sacramental practice. He has also completed national studies regarding the effects of Catholic college enrollment on Catholic students, the outlook for Catholic primary schools, a census of Catholic housing programs, a time-series study regarding Catholic giving, and research on Catholic parishes entrusted to lay people and deacons. Dr. Gray's research spanning political participation, corruption, globalization, trade, and other issues has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals: Presidential Studies Quarterly, International Organization, PS: Political Science & Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and European Review.

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Walter Grazer, Adjunt Professor for the Catholic Studies Program

Walter E. Grazer provides policy analysis and organizational development support services to organizations specializing in the areas of development and the environment, religious freedom and human rights and migration and refugees. He has just completed a consultancy as Executive Director and Special Advisor to the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. Formerly, he served as Director of the Environmental Justice Program and Senior Policy Advisor for Religious Liberty, Human Rights and European Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In prior capacities at the Conference, he served as Deputy Director for Migration and Refugee Services and Senior Policy Advisor for Food, Agriculture, and Rural Development. Before coming to the USCCB, Mr. Grazer directed the Social Ministry Program of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, after working for the City of Richmond’s Commission on Human Relations and the Richmond Community Action Program.

Mr. Grazer is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in the Catholic Studies Program. He is co-editor with Reverend Drew Christiansen, S.J. of And God Saw That It Was Good: Catholic Theology and the Environment and is the author of Catholics Going Green. Mr. Grazer holds a M.A. in International Relations from George Washington University, a M.S.W. in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Mary’s University in Baltimore.


Anne Koester, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology, Manager of the Protection of Minors Policy and the Graduate Student Life Project

Anne Koester, J.D., M.A. is with Georgetown University, Washington, DC, where she has been an adjunct instructor with the Theology Department since 2003. A former trial lawyer, Anne studied theology, with a concentration in liturgy, at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. In 2000, she joined the staff of the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy as an Associate Director. In 2002, Fr. Larry Madden, SJ invited Anne to join him as Associate Director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, where she worked until 2009. Anne is the author of Sunday Mass: Our Role and Why It Matters (Liturgical Press, 2007), editor of Liturgy and Justice: To Worship God in Spirit and in Truth (Liturgical Press, 2002), and co-editor of Vision: The Scholarly Contributions of Mark Searle to Liturgical Renewal (Liturgical Press, 2004) and Called to Participate: Theological, Ritual and Social Perspectives by Mark Searle (Liturgical Press, 2006). She is also published in Worship, Liturgical Ministry, Spiritual Life, among others. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Council of The Liturgical Press and the North American Academy of Liturgy and its Christian Initiation Seminar group.

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Ennio Mastroianni, Adjunct Professor for the Catholic Studies Program, Director of Adult Faith Formation in the Office of Campus Ministry

Dr. Mastroianni has been teaching courses in the Catholic Studies program for eleven years: “Contemporary Marriage and Family: A Roman Catholic Perspective” and “Exploring Catholic Spirituality.” He is preparing a new Catholic Studies Seminar to begin in Spring 2014, “Exploring Contemporary Faith, Work, and Life Questions.”

Dr. Mastroianni's previous work experience has been split between diocesan work (Division Director of Evangelization and Family Ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Religious Education Consultant for the Diocese of Youngstown) and parish work (Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education). His Doctor of Philosophy degree is in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His doctoral dissertation investigated the Second Vatican Council's assertion that Christian marriage and its family is both a sacramental and an ecclesial reality. He continues to research topics related to contemporary lay spirituality, especially in the areas of marriage, family life, and young adult spirituality. Two recent publications are “The Issue of Same Sex Marriage” in Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education, Fall 2013 and “Domestic Church as a Sacramental Model” in INTAMS Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality, Spring 2012.


Brian McDermott, S.J., Adjunct Professor for the Catholic Studies Program

Fr. McDermott received his doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1973. From 1973 to 2000, he was a faculty member at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. While at WJST, he taught systematic theology, Ignatian spirituality, and authority and leadership. For eight years (1991-1999) he was academic dean at the school.  He has been a spiritual director, helping people with their prayer lives, for thirty-seven years. From 1996 to 2012, he was the director of tertians for the Maryland and New York provinces of the Society of Jesus. In that capacity, he accompanied fellow Jesuits as they made, for the second time, the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, prior to being fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus.

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John Pfordresher, Adjunct Professor for the Catholic Studies Program, Professor in the Department of English

Dr. Pfordresher is particularly interested in Nineteenth-Century literature; the relationship of painting to literature in the Nineteenthy century; Anglophone writers in Italy; and Catholic Studies. Pfordresher earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and B.A. from Georgetown College. Publications include: "Variorum Edition: Tennyson's Idylls of the King" (1973); "Matthew Arnold. The Prose," in "The Critical Heritage" Series (1979); miscellaneous essays on Browning, Tennyson, Dickens, D. G. Rossetti and Pre-Raphaelite art; position papers on the teaching of literature; essays on Anglophone writing on Italy; and "Jesus and the Emergence of a Catholic Imagination" (2008).


James Wickman, Director of Music, liturgy, and catholic life

Dr. James Wickman has over 25 years experience in liturgy and music on the parish, diocesan, and national levels. He worked in parishes in Chicago, St. Louis, and Washington, DC, and in the Worship Office for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Highlights of his musical accomplishments include three choir tours to Rome and other parts of Italy, twice directing choir for Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican. Highlights of his liturgical accomplishments include many recent publications and speaking engagements, such as his first international talk given in Dublin, Ireland, in June of 2012. He enjoys directing the University Chapel Choir as well as teaching undergraduate classes in the Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University, and has taught in the past at the Catholic University of America.

  • Doctor of Ministry (2012) Catholic University of America, Liturgical Studies
  • MA Pastoral Studies (1989) Aquinas Institute of Theology, Music and Liturgy
  • BA (1987) St. Louis University, Music

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