Center for Christogenesis Team
CEO & Founder
Ilia currently holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University, and is the author of twenty books. Ilia holds PhDs in Pharmacology from Rutgers University and in Theology from Fordham University, as well as two honorary doctorates, one from St. Francis University in 2015, and one from Sacred Heart University in 2020.
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Director of Operations and Programs
Jillian is originally from Grand Rapids, MI where she worked as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She has also served as a youth ministry advisor to rural Catholic parishes in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. Jillian currently lives in Philadelphia, PA with her spouse, Bryant.
Director of Finance
Social Media and Marketing Manager
An avid traveler, Kate has traveled around the world, living for several years in New Zealand, and has backpacked in Australia, France, Italy, Spain, and parts of the United States. Kate completed the Camino de Santiago and St. Francis’ Way (Via di Francesco, from Assisi to Rome) as both walking meditation and spiritual retreat.A writer, life-long seeker, and pilgrim, Kate is forever curious and open toward all things, but especially in relation to neuroplasticity, culture, science, and religion.
Christophany Group Coordinator
Dr. Emily DeMoor serves as Director of the Caritas Center at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky. With a Master of Arts in Musicology from Tulane University, a Master of Pastoral Studies with a focus in Religion and Ecology from the Loyola Institute for Ministry, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on ecologically-sensitive curriculum from Louisiana State University, Emily brings a multidisciplinary approach to all she does. Through her teaching, retreats, publications and presentations she has reached national and international audiences. Her research interests include process theology, ecotheology, intersubjectivity, and the role of hope and love in shaping attitudes and actions toward the natural world in the midst of climate change.
Website Contributor and Course Facilitator
Robert Nicastro is a Ph.D. student in the Theology and Religious Studies program at Villanova University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. Robert’s research interests lie at the intersection of theology and artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and quantum physics.