Fr. Thomas J. Loya, STB., MA
Fr. Thomas J Loya, is currently the pastor of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen, IL. He is also the host of two radio programs; “Light of the East” which can be heard in more than 60 cities across the United Staes on several Catholic radio networks including EWTN Radio as well as “A Body of Truth” which is broadcast on an Internet Radio Site – catholicradiointernational.com. Before entering the seminary Fr. Loya earned a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and pursued a career in commercial art and design. He later completed his studies for the priesthood in both Pennsylvannia and Rome where he attended the North American College earning an STB from the Angelicum University. During his time in Rome, Fr. Loya was first exposed to Pope John Paul II’s monumental teaching on the human person when he attended his weekly audiences about The Theology of the Body.
Fr. Loya was ordained in 1982 and later added to his Bachelor of Fine Arts by earning a Masters in Counseling and Human Services in 1993. Fr. Loya has served the Church in youth and young adult ministry as well as an artist and design consultant. He has directed many retreats and has been a guest speaker at several conventions including World Youth Day 2002. Using his backround in art, counseling, and Eastern Catholic spirituality, Fr. Loya brings the principles of The Theology of the Body deep into the lived experience of every aspect of human sexuality.
Catherine is currently the president of Tabor Life Institute, a small non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives through The Theology of the Body as well as the ByzanTEEN Youth Coordinator for Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen, IL. Shortly after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Business Management form Indiana University she heard a homily about the Trinity as explained through the Theology of the Body. This transforming message profoundly affected her and made clear her life’s vocation. Catherine has since dedicated her life to promoting the message of Theology of the Body to youth and young adults.
After receiving his Masters in Spanish Literature from Indiana University, Pat served for one year on the road with NET Ministries giving High School Retreats around the country. He then served as a NET Supervisor for two years, before entering St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, CO. During his 5 years as a seminarian he received his Bachelor of Philosophy from St. John Lateran University in route to partially completing two Theology degrees. His introduction to the Theology of the Body came in 1999 in Denver through the tutelage of Christopher West. Pat currently teaches Spanish and Moral Theology at Northridge Preparatory School in Niles, IL.
Anastasia is president of the Theology of the Body International Alliance. For the last seven years she has worked full time with Our Father’s Will Communications, a Catholic media ministry, in promoting John Paul II’s understanding of the human person worldwide. She is a speaker and writer on the theology of the body and related topics and is the author of the study guide for the text of the Theology of the Body entitled The Freedom of the Gift. As the president of the Theology of the Body International Alliance she organizes both the National Forum on the Theology of the Body and the National Catholic Singles Conference.
Andrea & Simon Jordan
Andrea and Simon are the married members of the Tabor Life Institute. They have spent the past several years sharing and developing the spirituality of married life. With an intense love and foundation in John Paul II’s theology of the body, they present a particularly exciting vision of marital union as seen through the lens of Christ’s Passion. Combining the spontaneity of personal experience with the beautiful structure of theology, they can help any couple find more meaning, enrichment and excitement in their marriage. Andrea and Simon have completed course work through the Theology fo the Body Institute with Christopher West. They have run workshops, study groups, and have been featured guests on the Drew Mariani Show. Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville. Simon has his Bacholar’s degree from Indiana University studying Business and Psychology. They are currently blessed with three beautiful children – Bernadette, Victoria & John Paul.
The poised, unflappable Sarah Reznicek has been courageously addressing large crowds of her teenage peers for the Tabor Life Institute since she was 14 years old. A native of Lombard, IL. Sarah currently attends Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. Sarah’s specialty is helping her peers to understand what being “honest to the language of their bodies” really means in terms of their music, dress, self image and relationships. Sarah is John Paul the Great’s legacy…Sarah is the continuation of the John Paul II Generation…Sarah is the present and the future of Theology of the Body!