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"Those who do not go out of themselves, instead of being mediators, gradually become intermediaries, managers. We know the difference: the intermediary, the manager, “has already received his reward”, and since he does not put his own skin and his own heart on the line, he never hears a warm, heartfelt word of thanks. ...This I ask you: be shepherds, with the “odour of the sheep”, make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men." +Pope Francis, Chrism Mass, 28 March 2013

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Keith F. Pecklers, SJ, Director
Since 2000

Keith is a Jesuit who founded Caravita in 2000 and is director of the community. He came to Rome in 1992 and is Professor of Liturgy at the Pontifical Gregorian University and Professor of Liturgical History at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute. Keith holds an MA in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute. He is founding president of the International Jungmann Society. In addition to numerous articles and reviews he has published eight books the latest of which is entitled Liturgy: The Illustrated History (Libreria Editrice Vaticana / Paulist Press, 2012).

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Anthony Currer
Since 2013

Tony is a diocesan priest of Hexham and Newcastle diocese in the North East of England, and is an Ecumenical Canon of Southwark Cathedral in London. He currently works at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity where he is responsible for the Vatican’s relations with the worldwide Anglican and Methodist Communions and for the materials prepared for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Prior to coming to Rome in September 2013, Tony worked for eleven years in pastoral ministry in his diocese. For seven of these years he was parish priest of St. Cuthbert’s in Durham and Chaplain to the University there. A keen amateur cricketer, Tony was made the first captain of the Vatican Cricket Club which toured England in September 2014.

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Jake Mudge
Since 2014

Jacob (Jake) Mudge is from Bendigo, Australia (a town of about 80,000 people located about two hours north of Melbourne). Prior to entering the seminary in 2002 he trained and worked as a registered osteopath. Ordained in 2008 for his home diocese, Sandhurst, Jake then served as an assistant priest (associate pastor) in two parishes between 2008 and 2013. Jake says he enjoyed parish ministry immensely and believes it is a privilege to share life and faith with many different people. During parish ministry he served as the diocesan youth chaplain and part-time university chaplain. At the moment he is completing the second year of a licence in theology (with an interest in fundamental and pastoral theology) at the Gregorian University. Outside of studies, Jake enjoys sport, especially hiking, golf, tennis, cycling and running. He is delighted to assist the staff and looks forward to sharing the vibrant community life of Caravita.

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Vincent Strand, SJ, Deacon
Since 2014

Vincent is a native of Dousman, Wisconsin, USA and a member of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. Prior to joining the Jesuits he attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, graduating with majors in biological sciences and theology. Upon completion of his novitiate, he studied at Fordham University in New York where he earned a Masters degree in philosophy. Before moving to Rome in 2013, Vincent taught philosophy and theology for three years at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also coached basketball and academic decathlon. Vincent was transitionally ordained to the diaconate in April 2015, and is currently studying theology at the Gregorian University and is a member of the Jesuit Community at the Collegio Internazionale del Gesù.

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James Hentges, OSC, Associate
Since 2005

Jim is a member of the Crosiers, the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross. He completed his doctorate in Liturgy at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Rome) and has taught and served as director of campus ministry at Fordham University (New York) and Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY). Additionally his pastoral experience includes being a pastor of two parishes in Minnesota. He has served his Order as prior of their New York priory and now as general councilor to the master general, living in Rome at San Giorgio in Velabro. A long time member of the Caravita community, Jim currently assists periodically at Caravita.

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Manuel Tapia Olarra, Music Minister
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Manuel Tapia Olarra is Caravita’s organist and director of music. Biography coming soon.

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