Dr. Michael Horan is Professor of Religious Education and Pastoral Theology and Graduate Program Director at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Horan has ministered to youth and young adults in high schools and college campuses in New York and Washington, D.C. He holds a special interest in the preparation of lay ministers for leadership in the Catholic church. For the past ten years Dr. Horan has taught Catholic lay ministers and Catholic school teachers in graduate programs at LMU and in various universities throughout the nation each summer. Michael Horan is an author of two works on the General Directory for Catechesis, numerous articles and essays (representatives below). A national speaker on topics in religious education and youth ministry, Dr. Horan is a contributing author of Blest Are We, the parish and school religious education series published by Silver Burdett Ginn. Locally, Dr. Horan has served on the Advisory Board for the Office of Pastoral Associates for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and on the Board of Directors of St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California.