Staff bios

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 Prefect of Formation for the Claretians.

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

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

Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
Chief Publications Officer, Claretian Publications - Executive Editor, U.S. Catholic

Meinrad Scherer-Emunds has been a member of the Claretian Publications team for 13 years. 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 both U.S. Catholic and its sister publication, the social-justice magazine Salt of the Earth.

Areas of Expertise:
Catholic social teaching
Social issues
Faith and family

M. Div., Catholic School of Theology, University of Bonn

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)

Bryan Cones
Managing Editor U.S. Catholic

Bryan Cones joined the Claretian Publications staff as an assistant editor of U.S. Catholic and editor of Martin E. Marty's Context in October 2004. Prior to joining Claretian Publications, Cones worked in book publishing at Liturgy Training Publications of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition to his work at U.S. Catholic, Cones teaches continuing education courses in theology for the Archdiocese of Chicago and is an adjunct instructor at DePaul University.

Areas of Expertise:

M.A., Theology, Catholic Theological Union
B.A., Psychology, Conception Seminary College

Carmen Aguinaco
Managing Editor, Bilingual Publications - Managing Editor, ¡Oye!

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.

Areas of Expertise:
Hispanic ministry
Bilingual communications

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)

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

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:
Family spirituality
Faith and family

Author: Meditations and Cool Websites for Active Moms, ACTA Publications 2005

Kevin Clarke
Senior Editor U.S. Catholic

Kevin Clarke has been on staff at Claretian Publications since 1989, and currently serves as senior editor at U.S. Catholic and managing editor of Salt of the Earth, an online social justice resource center. Clarke also writes Margin Notes, a monthly political commentary column, for U.S. Catholic.

Areas of Expertise:
Social Justice
Catholic social teaching (and how it speaks to contemporary social issues, economic justice, fair trade, and globalization)

M.A., International Studies, DePaul University

B.A., English, SUNY-Albany

Whitewash or Renewal? In Year Two of the Sex-Abuse Scandal, Is It Time for the Laity to Brush Up on Their Leadership Skills?, included in Changing Boundaries: The Best Religion News Writing, Seabury Books 2005

Heather Grennan Gary
Contributing Editor U.S. Catholic

Heather Grennan Gary is associate editor of U.S. Catholic. She joined the U.S. Catholic team as an assistant editor in 2001. Prior to that, Grennan Gary spent two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working at a battered women's shelter in Alaska and family resource center in Oregon.

Areas of Expertise:
Young adults

Master’s in Theological Studies, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
M.S., Journalism, Northwestern University
B.A., Communication and Philosophy, Santa Clara University

Exit Strategies: What U.S. Catholic Readers Consider A Good Death, included in Changing Boundaries: The Best Religion News Writing, Seabury Books 2005

Megan Sweas
Assistant Editor U.S Catholic

Megan Sweas has been an assistant editor at U.S. Catholic since 2005.

Areas of Expertise:
Young adult Catholics
American Catholicism
Progressive movements in the church