Board of Advisors
Mrs. Christine Watkins, MTS, LCSW, formerly an anti-Christian atheist, converted to Catholicism after receiving a miraculous healing from Jesus through Mary, which saved her from death. Moving away from her previous life as a professional ballet dancer with the San Francisco Ballet Company, she began a life of service to the Church and now has over ten years experience as a spiritual director, licensed counselor, retreat leader, and popular inspirational speaker. She has been featured on the radio and the FOCUS Television Network, and her remarkable new book, Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary’s Intercession, is now a best-seller for Ave Maria Press
Br. Daniel Maria Klimek, T.O.R., is a Franciscan friar, writer, and scholar. He earned his Ph.D. in spirituality with distinction from the Catholic University of America, and received his Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, concentrating on the history of Christianity. While pursuing his undergraduate studies at DePaul University in political science he held internships working for ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos in Washington, D.C., and at the Chicago Office of U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin. Br. Daniel Maria is a recognized authority on the Marian apparitions of Medjugorje, the subject of his dissertation. His writings have appeared in Aleteia, Patheos, ChurchPop, Shalom Tidingsmagazine, MinistryValues, MedjugorjeToday, Spirit of Medjugorje, and Medjugorje.org. He has been featured discussing Medjugorje on Radio Maria (USA), MaryTV, the documentary film Queen of Peace, the National Medjugorje Conference at the University of Notre Dame, and has presented academic papers on the topic at the University of Texas at Austin and at Yale Divinity School. He has also been featured on Radio Veritas discussing Catholic spirituality and Marian devotion. Br. Daniel Maria’s writings have been translated into Croatian, Polish, German, Spanish, Korean, and Indonesian. His scholarly articles have been published in Franciscan Connections: The Cord – A Spiritual Review, Glossolalia, and the Encyclopedia of Global Religion. Br. Daniel Maria is a simply professed friar with the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Brother John M. Samaha – SM
Brother John belongs to the Pacific Province of the Marianists, and is currently working at Villa St Joseph in Cupertino, Calif. Previously he was engaged in high school and adult education in the western states and Lebanon. He is a member and officer of the Mariological Society of America
Author of A While Longer, a Five Star Rated book on the apparitions at Fatima and Medjugorje. Taking its title from the words of the Blessed Mary A While Longer provides not only the synoptic retelling of the apparition, for the first time it situates Fatima in Salvation History and explains the meaning behind the apparition.