Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz was ordained a priest in 1960 in Rome. He served as an assistant pastor in parishes near his hometown of Milwaukee, eventually earning a doctorate in dogmatic theology in Rome in 1969. After working in the Vatican for eleven years, then-Msgr. Bruskewitz became pastor of St. Bernard Parish in Milwaukee, and in 1992 was named the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.
The diocese thrived under Bishop Bruskewitz's leadership. A number of new parishes and schools were opened, and, as priestly vocations soared, St. Gregory the Great Seminary was established. Two orders of nuns were founded in Lincoln, and the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter also established a seminary. Catholic health care and social services are some of the many areas of diocesan life that Bishop Bruskewitz promoted and expanded. St. Gianna Home for Women was the last of the successful projects of his administration.
On September 14, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted Bishop Bruskewitz's retirement.
Tim Staples is director of apologetics and evangelization at Catholic Answers. He was born a Southern Baptist, fell away from his faith for a time, and came back to it in his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. After a four-year tour in the U.S. Marines, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community.
During his final year in the Marines, a Catholic Marine who was well-grounded in his Faith challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That encounter sparked a two-year search for the truth. Determined to prove Catholicism wrong, Tim ended up studying his way to the last destination he could have imagined: the Catholic Church.
He became a Catholic in 1988 and spent six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. After studying graduate theology for two years at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Tim realized his calling was not to the priesthood. He left the seminary in 1994 and ever since has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization.
Jimmy Akin was born in Texas and grew up nominally Protestant. At age 20 he experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, Jimmy started an intensive study of the Bible, but the more he immersed himself in Scripture, the more he found it to support the Catholic Faith. Eventually he was compelled in conscience to enter the Catholic Church, which he did in 1992. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in the best-selling book Surprised By Truth.
Akin is senior apologist at Catholic Answers, a weekly guest on the global radio program Catholic Answers Live, and the author of numerous books including Mass Confusion: The Do's and Don'ts of Catholic Worship, The Salvation Controversy, The Fathers Know Best, and Mass Revision.
Since he converted to Catholicism at the age of seventeen, Trent Horn has had a passion for explaining and defending the Faith. After earning a degree in history from Arizona State University, Trent traveled the country training pro-life advocates on college campuses to engage opponents in compassionate and persuasive dialogue. Trent earned a master's degree in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and then served as the Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Phoenix. In 2012 he joined Catholic Answers as a speaker and staff apologist.
Trent is a dynamic speaker who has given hundreds of presentations, from high school assemblies to keynote conference talks. He is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live and the author of two books, Answering Atheism and Persuasive Pro-life, published by Catholic Answers Press.
A graduate of Rice University, Chris served for seven years as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps, attaining the grade of captain. Following that, he served for nearly two decades as Executive Vice President of The Rockford Institute.
He has lectured at parishes, colleges, and seminaries across the U.S. and in Europe on Church and military history, lives of saints, and the dangers of modern communication technology. His writings have appeared in many Catholic and secular journals, including Chronicles,Catholic Answers Magazine, Crisis, and The Wanderer.
Chris joined Catholic Answers as Director of Development in August 2012. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have four sons.