Our Leadership


Founding Team

Monsignor Stephen Doktorczyk, J.C.D., M.B.A.

Monsignor Stephen Doktorczyk is a priest of the Diocese of Orange, California, a canon lawyer, and Co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests. Ordained to the priesthood in 2005, Msgr. Doktorczyk worked in human resources prior to entering seminary, earning a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach, in 1998. While in formation for the priesthood, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology in 2004 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and, after spending time serving in the Diocese of Orange, returned to Rome and earned a Licenciate of Canon Law from the  Pontifical Gregorian University, also in Rome, in 2007. Since 2012 Msgr. Doktorczyk serves the Church as an official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Vatican City and an Adjunct Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College, also in Rome. In 2016, Msgr. Doktorczyk earned his doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. 

Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S.

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Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., is the Co-founder and President of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests. The author of several books on prayer, she is an Ignatian certified retreat director and spiritual advisor. Kathleen hosts the weekly program Eucharist, Mercy & Saints, which airs on Radio Maria, and is a frequent guest on EWTN TV and Radio programs. Since 1991, Kathleen has served in leadership for Magnificat. In 2001 she was invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Since 2002, she has worked with priests in the ministry of healing and deliverance at the request of her bishop. Since 2013, she serves the Pope Leo XIII Institute for priests as a facilitator and advisory board member. Her college education is in medical administration. Kathleen and her husband are business owners, have two sons, and live in Orange, California. Sophia Institute Press published her books, "Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization" and "God's Healing Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace & Joy".  Learn more at www.kathleenbeckman.com. 

Fr. Nick Schneider, S.L.D.

Fr. Schneider is a priest of the Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota. Ordained to the priesthood in 2009, Fr. Schneider studied music performance at the University of Mary in Bismarck and Catholic humanities at Campion College in San Francisco before entering seminary. After completing undergraduate studies in theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, Fr. Schneider continued formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. While there, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology in 2008 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. After ordination to the priesthood, he continued his studies at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome, completing a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy. Currently, Fr. Schneider serves in his home diocese as Pastor of  Christ the King Parish, Mandan, ND and Director of the diocesan Office of Worship.

Cynthia Hunt, M.D., T.O.C.

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Dr. Cynthia Hunt is a physician with over 30 years of experience and Co-founder of JMJ Maternity Homes, a non-profit apostolate providing homeless pregnant women with shelter, resources and support services. Since receiving her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 1984, she has achieved Board Certification in the areas of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Today, Dr. Hunt maintains a practice in Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry, and also serves as President of the Fresno Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Dr. Hunt has served bishops, priests and seminarians in various capacities, most recently as both psychiatric consultant to the Diocese of Fresno and Adjunct Faculty Member at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California and the Pope Leo XIII Institute. An accomplished pianist and Lay Carmelite for over 20 years, Dr. Hunt lives with her husband and family in Merced, California. 

Fr. Charles Cortinovis, S.T.L., J.D.

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Fr. Charles Cortinovis is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. He is currently the priest secretary to His Eminence Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl. Fr. Cortinovis also works in the Archdiocesan Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. He was ordained a priest by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl on June 20, 2009, after completing his theological training at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He earned the degrees of Bachelor of Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and Licenciate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also in Rome. In his licentiate studies, Father Cortinovis was a Russell Berrie Fellow in Interreligious Studies. Prior to entering seminary, Father Cortinovis practiced environmental law, having earned degrees in Biochemistry and Environmental Science from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law. 

Margarett Schlientz, Ph.D., M.A.

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Dr. Margarett Schlientz is a spiritual director, retreat director, specialist in psychiatric nursing, consultant to dozens of religious communities and dioceses, and the Co-founder of the Pope Leo XIII Institute in Mundelein, Illinois. In 1981, she received her Ph.D. in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1978 to 1992, Dr. Schlientz taught an integration course in psychology, spirituality and sexuality as a part of the Christian Spirituality Master's program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the course of several decades, Dr. Schlientz has led retreats and taught numerous workshops throughout the world, aiding both clergy and laity in the areas of spiritual direction, healing and deliverance, and Ignatian spirituality. She also serves as a consultant and instructor at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University, where for many years she has taught and ministered to diocesan priests and seminarians. Dr. Schlientz lives in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Learn more at www.maschlientz.com.

Msgr. John Esseff

Msgr. John A. Esseff is a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was ordained in 1953 by the late Bishop William J. Hafey, D.D., at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton. A spiritual son of Saint Pio, his ministry spans multiple decades and countries, including many years of service to the Missionaries of Charity, where he has led numerous retreats and served as a spiritual director to Mother Teresa. Appointed the official exorcist of his diocese in 1971, Msgr. Esseff also has extensive experience in healing and deliverance ministry. He serves as the head spiritual director for the Pope Leo XIII Institute, and also serves as a spiritual director at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska. For many years, Msgr. Esseff has actively promoted the spread of Consecration and Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus throughout the world, and broadcasts a daily podcast dealing with a wide variety of spiritual topics. Learn more at www.msgrjohnesseff.net.

Denise Marie Scalzo, O.F.S., L.G.C.H.S.

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Denise Marie Scalzo is a Lay Franciscan and founding member of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land, a worldwide organization that provides programs and projects supporting the human rights of the Christian minority living in the Holy Land. For over 25 years, she has served the "Custodia di Terra Santa" in Jerusalem, working with religious communities, priests, bishops and cardinals in addressing the needs of the poor in the United States, Latin America and the Middle East. Denise Marie is a council member of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a board member of the Pope Leo XIII Institute, and a recipient of the Pope Leo XIII Gold Cross of Honor for her many years of dedication and service in the Holy Land. She previously worked as an executive in the television and biomedical research industries, and currently works in healthcare. A mother and grandmother, Denise Marie resides in Carlsbad, California.

Gabriel Ferrucci, K.C.*H.S.

Gabriel Ferrucci is a devout Catholic businessman and benefactor, with a long career spanning executive and board positions at various financial, educational, cultural, community, and Catholic institutions. A 1965 graduate of Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Gabriel held executive positions at Raybestos Manhattan Inc. before acquiring and becoming president and chief executive officer of Keystone Engineering Company, a supplier for the aerospace industry. Gabriel has been invested into both the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre (2003) and the Order of Malta (2007). In 2009, Gabriel he received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal, the most prestigious award that a layperson can receive from the Pope. He has especially demonstrated spiritual paternity of priests and seminarians through his generosity, not only for the temporal needs of seminaries, but for the spiritual formation of seminarians and priests. Gabriel and Maria, his wife of 57 years, have three children, six grandchildren, and live in Laguna Beach, California.

Fr. Al Baca, S.T.L., K.H.S.

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Fr. Al Baca is a priest of the Diocese of Orange, California. Ordained in 1989, he currently serves as Pastor at St. Columban's Church, Garden Grove, California, and Episcopal Vicar of Ecumenism and Inter-Religion for the Diocese of Orange. Fr. Baca received both a Bachelor's in Philosophy and a Master of Divinity from St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, California. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1989, he served in various parish assignments before being sent by his bishop to the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, where he obtained a Licenciate in Sacred Theology with a focus on Ecumenism. Prior to entering seminary, Fr. Baca attended California State University, Fullerton. In 2004, Fr. Baca was invested into the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.


Advisory Team

Most Reverend David D. Kagan, Bishop of the Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota

Rt. Reverend Eugene J. Hayes, O. Praem., J.C.D. - St. Michael's Norbertine Abbey (Silverado, California)

Mgsr. Richard Soseman - Official, Congregation for the Clergy

Fr. Jeff Droessler, S.T.L. - Priest of the Diocese of Orange, California

Mother Judith Zuniga, O.C.D. - Superior General, Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Mother Dolores Marie, P.C.P.A., Abbess, Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, Hanceville, Alabama Monastery (EWTN)

Marilyn Quirk - Foundress of Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women

Johnnette Benkovic - President, Women of Grace

Christopher Gonzales, J.D., Knight of Columbus and Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem