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   Chris Gross

A native of Virginia, Dr. Gross earned his B.A. in political science and religion from Hampden-Sydney College. After completing his M.T.S. at Harvard Divinity School, he earned his Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in 2013. Over the last ten years, he has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses both online and in the classroom for several different institutions. Dr. Gross also has published in the area of Catholic moral theology and presented his work at numerous scholarly conferences. For the last two years, Dr. Gross has served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Gregory the Great, a large parish in Virginia Beach. He resides nearby in Chesapeake, VA, with his wife Jennifer and their four young children.  


  Katharine Harmon

Katharine E. Harmon is a Lecturer in the Theology & Philosophy Department of Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a music minister serving the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  She earned her Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame and is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy. 


Fall 2014 - Eucharist: Summit and Font of Christian Life

This course introduces students to the history, theology, and practice of the Roman Catholic celebration of the Eucharist.  Throughout the course, students will gain familiarity with the texts, ritual forms, and theological content of the Eucharist.  Students will consider how the Eucharist, particularly as celebrated within the context of the Mass, provides a foundation and framework for teaching, ministry, and faith formation.  Students will apply course content to a pastoral setting by developing written projects and responses which consider the celebration of the Eucharist as a context for catechesis. 


  Peter Murphy

Dr. Peter J. Murphy works for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Executive Director for the Secretariat on Evangelization and Catechesis. He has a Doctorate in Ministry at the Catholic University of America as well as Master’s degrees in Theology and Counseling. Peter has worked as a grade school teacher, residence hall director, College Director of Student Formation and Administrative Faculty, adjunct theology professor and the Director for the Office of Family Life in the Archdiocese of Washington. Peter is a parishioner at Sacred Heart parish in Bowie, MD where he lives with his wife Katie and their three beautiful boys.