Jack Smith was born in San Francisco in 1969. He studied Philosophy and Great Books at the Saint Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco. He currently serves as editor of the Catholic Key newspaper and blog of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph in Missouri. He previously served as editor of Catholic San Francisco under then-Archbishop William Levada. Smith’s articles have appeared in National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic News Service, Catholic News Agency, Lifenews, Lifesite, IlSussidiario and elsewhere. Prior to working in journalism, Smith managed political and capital fundraising campaigns for the Church in California, Washington State and the UK.
Kevin Kelly has been associate editor of the Catholic Key since 1991. His career in journalism includes work with newspapers in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska where he earned state and national awards in news, feature, sports and investigative journalism, as well as photography. He has also earned numerous awards in several categories from the Catholic Press Association.
Marty Denzer is a Kansas City-native. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Home Economics, and later earned a post-bachelor’s associate degree in Interior Design from the American Academy of Design, now absorbed into Park University. She has been a reporter for The Catholic Key newspaper of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph since 2000. Before that she served as editor and circulation manager for Townsend Outlook Publishing Company in Kansas City. She has received Catholic Press Association awards for articles on human trafficking, prostitution, the death penalty and other topics. She also serves on the Kansas City Metropolitan Working Group task force on Human Trafficking. Marty is married, with three children.
Santiago Ramos was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and emigrated to the United States at age 14. In 2003, he graduated with a B.A. in philosophy and English literature from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. From 2006 to 2008, he worked as an art critic for the Kansas City weekly, The Pitch. From 2008 to 2009, he worked in Washington, DC as an editor for the American supplement of the international Catholic monthly, Traces. His reviews and essays have appeared in Image Journal, Commonweal, and First Things. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at Boston College. Since summer of 2009, he has worked as a film and TV critic for the Key, along with writing occasional commentary and book reviews.
Jude Huntz was born in Buffalo, NY in 1970. He earned a B.A. in philosophy and classics from Canisius College in 1994, an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Dallas in 2003, and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in 2011. He currently serves as director of the Human Rights Office for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph after serving in parishes as adult faith formation and RCIA coordinator and 14 years teaching in private and Catholic schools. Huntz was the recipient of the Missouri Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. He has written for a number of publications, including Homiletic and Pastoral Review, New Oxford Review, and published academic papers at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and the University of Portland (OR). He is married to his wife Cristen and has two boys.
John Heuertz, OP is a professed Lay Dominican, hotel shuttle driver and nonfiction freelance writer in Kansas City. His writing interests are the Catholic Church, and high culture and its discontents. Besides Catholic journalism he also writes occasional concert music reviews for The Kansas City Star.
Sara Carlson is a native of Iowa. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Northwest Missouri State University in 2007. Currently, Sara is the Communications Coordinator at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Gladstone. Through her work Sara utilizes the tools of the modern media to translate the 2,000 year old Gospel message in the language of the world today. Her blog, �Learning to Say I Do,� appears on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website foryourmarriage.org. The blog is designed to assist couples preparing for marriage by sharing the challenges and solutions Sara and fianc� Justin experience daily as they prepare for their upcoming marriage in June 2011.
Keith Jiron and his wife, Kate, are the proud parents of four young boys. Keith is currently the Coordinator of Adult Education and RCIA at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Leawood, Kansas. A native of Colorado, he graduated from Colorado State University in 1990. He went on to study at Conception Seminary College in Northwest Missouri. Under the Benedictine monks there, he was immersed in human, spiritual, and intellectual formation receiving a certificate in Pre-theology. Next he completed two years of Theological studies at St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado, and completed his Masters in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. His work history includes the Colorado Division of Wildlife, high school teacher and varsity coach, Director of Recruitment/Admissions at Conception Seminary, Director of the Vocation Office for the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph, and is currently an adjunct instructor for the Bishop Helmsing Institute and for School of Faith in Kansas. Among his hobbies are spiritual reading, fly fishing, and camping with his sons.
Msgr. Bradley S. Offutt
Rev. Msgr. Bradley S. Offutt was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1960. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Conception Seminary College with a B.A. in 1982. He obtained an M. Div. from Kenrick Seminary in 1986, graduating Summa Cum Laude. After ordination to the priesthood for the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph on 5 July 1986, he served as an associate at St. Bernadette Parish and St. Therese Parish (north) before being named pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Harrisonville, Missouri and Saint Bridget Parish in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. After twelve years as pastor in Cass County Missouri he was named chancellor of the Diocese of Kansas City- Saint Joseph by Bishop Robert W. Finn in May of 2005. He was elevated to the rank of monsignor, with the title “prelate of honor,” by Pope Benedict XVI on 16 August 2006.