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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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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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Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S
Since 2018

Jeffrey (Jeff) Kirch joined the Pastoral Staff on 1st February 2018. Jeff is a member of the Cincinnati Province of the Society of the Precious Blood and serves here in Rome as Secretary General of his congregation.

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Kirsten Trudeau – Director of Music and Organist

Since 2017

Kirsten is a native of Traverse City, Michigan, the oldest of seven children. She began singing in her parish choir at age eleven, and became the organist and music director for a local parish at age fifteen. With the support of her Bishop, Kirsten came to Rome in 2015 to study Gregorian Chant, and is currently in her third year at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music.

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