Fr. Frank Desiderio, C.S.P., is the former Chairman of the Humanitas Prize and the first consultor to the president of the Paulist Fathers. Previously, he served as the president of Paulist Productions, where he produced documentaries, movies for television, and video content for internet distribution. He was the executive producer for projects for the History Channel, ABC/ Paramount, and A&E.
Fr. Desiderio’s documentary, The Big Question: A Film about Forgiveness (2009), won Best Documentary at the Breckenridge Film Festival and Santa Fe Metaphysical Film Festival. After working on this film, he began his current ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation. Holding advanced degrees in communications management and theology, he has taught courses on preaching at The Catholic University of American and Washington Theological Union, and he served as Director of Campus Ministry at the University Catholic Center at UCLA.
Sr. Camille D’Arienzo, R.S.M., Ph.D., is a Sister of Mercy of the Institute of the Americas, living in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. She received her doctorate in communications from the University of Michigan, and she was a professor at Brooklyn College from 1973–1993. She served as president of the Brooklyn Regional Community of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas from 1993 – 2001, and as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) from 1998–1999. Sister Camille lectures and leads retreats throughout the country on the challenge of reconciliation in an unforgiving world.
Camille’s experience with the New York media includes 39 years as a religion commentator for 1010 WINS Radio. Her preparation for this public role includes the influence of CBS broadcast commentator, Eric Sevareid. She has co-authored a textbook on scriptwriting and has published many hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. A bi-weekly columnist for The National Catholic Reporter, she has long interacted with media professionals, serving as consultant to journalists and broadcasters. Her public positions on matters of social justice have won her numerous awards, including two honorary doctorates.
Founder of the Cherish Life Circle, she is widely known for her efforts to end capital punishment and for the circulation of a Declaration of Life, which allows individuals to affirm their opposition to the death penalty. Since 1998, she has served as spiritual adviser to David Paul Hammer, who is on death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.