U.S. Catholic staff

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Father John Molyneux, C.M.F.
Editor and Publisher, Claretian Publications

Father John Molyneux, C.M.F. joined the Claretians in 1991 and was ordained on June 14, 1997. He has been editor of U.S. Catholic since January 2003 and also serves as Associate Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Areas of Expertise:
Cross-cultural and inner-city ministry
Formation of seminarians

Education:
M. Div., Catholic Theological Union
B.A., British Literature, Queens College of the City University of New York

Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
Associate Publisher, Claretian Publications
Executive Editor, U.S. Catholic

Meinrad Scherer-Emunds has been a member of the Claretian Publications team since 1992. He was appointed editorial director of Claretian Publications and executive editor of U.S. Catholic in 2003. Prior to that, Scherer-Emunds was managing editor of U.S. Catholic and its sister publication, the social-justice magazine Salt of the Earth.

Areas of Expertise:
Catholic Social Teaching 
Theology
Family Spirituality 

Education:
M. Div., Catholic School of Theology, University of Bonn (Germany)

Author:
Die letzte Schlacht um Gottes Reich, edition exodus, Münster 1988
(German book about eschatology and politics of the New Christian Right in the United States)

Scott Alessi
Managing Editor, U.S. Catholic

Scott Alessi came to U.S. Catholic as assistant editor in 2011 and became managing editor in 2012. He previously worked for two diocesan newspapers, including serving as managing editor of The Monitor in Trenton, New Jersey, and has written for various Catholic publications. He also spent three years working as a parish religious education director.

Areas of Expertise:
Social justice
Religion and politics
Parish life

Education:
B.A., Political Science, Rutgers University

Catherine O'Connell-Cahill
Senior Editor, U.S. Catholic

Catherine O'Connell-Cahill has been on staff at U.S. Catholic since 1979. She is currently senior editor of U.S. Catholic and managing editor and columnist for Claretian Publications’ At Home with Our Faith, a newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home.

Areas of Expertise:
Parish life
Family spirituality
Faith and family

Education:
B.A., English, Loyola University Chicago

Author:
Moms@myspiritualgrowth.com: Meditations and Cool Websites for Active Moms, ACTA Publications 2005

Kira Dault
Associate Editor, U.S. Catholic

Kira Dault joined U.S. Catholic as assistant editor in 2013. Prior to joining the U.S. Catholic team, Kira was a writer for the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee, where she wrote for several publications, including the Church Health Reader. She also worked for several years as a hospital chaplain.

Areas of Expertise:
Theology
Spirituality
Women in the church
Health care

Education:
M.T.S., Vanderbilt University

Caitlyn Schmid
Editorial Assistant, U.S. Catholic

Caitlyn Schmid joined the editorial staff of U.S. Catholic in 2012 and is currently editorial assistant. Prior to working for the magazine, Caitlyn was a full time student at Loyola University Chicago and volunteered weekly for The Field Museum of Natural History. She worked for three years in the museum’s Zoology and Exhibitions Departments.

Areas of Expertise:
Media and culture
Environmental issues

Education:
B.A., Communication Studies, Loyola University Chicago

Angela Cox
Design/Production Editor, U.S. Catholic

Angela Cox joined the Claretian Publications team in 2013 as production editor for U.S. Catholic and At Home with Our Faith. She previously held positions with Premier Guitar magazine as senior art editor and EXHIBITOR Media Group as graphic designer working on EXHIBITOR and Corporate EVENT magazines.

Areas of Expertise:
Art and design

Education: B.A. Graphic Design, Magazine Journalism and Mass Communications, Drake University

Carmen Aguinaco
Contributing Editor, U.S. Catholic
Director, Hispanic Ministry Resource Center  

Carmen Aguinaco has been directing the Hispanic Ministry Resource Center at Claretian Publications since 1990. She has previously worked in editorial positions at both Revista Maryknoll and Critica. She has freelanced for Vatican Radio and is a member of the Teresian Association, an international Catholic lay association. She is currently the president of the National Catholic Council on Hispanic Ministry.

Areas of Expertise:
Hispanic ministry
Bilingual communications

Education:
B.A., English and Psychology, Catholic University of America
M.A., Media Studies, New School for Social Research
M.A., Pastoral Studies, specializing in Hispanic Ministry,
Catholic Theological Union (in progress)

Author:
Victoria Diez: A Teaching Life, Narcea (Madrid) 1993