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Craig Gould is director of Youth and Young Adult Programs at the Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry and oversees the operations of the Peacebuilders Initiative. Craig was born and raised in southern Maine and completed his undergraduate degree in Theology at Boston College in 2003. After graduation he was hired by Young Life in Anchorage, Alaska to serve as an area intern working in youth evangelization. After two years on staff with Young Life, Craig became the Pastoral Associate for Evangelization at St. Patricks Parish in Anchorage, a position which he held until 2008, when he, his new wife and baby girl moved to Minnesota. He was then the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at the Church of St. Mary, in Alexandria for 3 years before becoming a full time student at St. Johns University in Collegeville, MN, where he completed his MA in Theology in 2013. He began at CTU as the Director of Youth and Young Adult programs in January of 2013. Craig, his wife, Katie, and their three daughters, Abigial (4), Isabella (3), and Sophia (1) currently live outside Chicago.

Phone: 773.371.5434
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Birgit Oberhofer is the assistant director of Youth and Young Adult Programs at the Bernardin Center. Originally from Munich, Germany, she graduated from Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität with a Master of Arts in Education Science, Psychology and Theology in 1999. After two years of formation in Italy she became a consecrated member of the Focolare Movement, one of the lay ecclesial movements in the Catholic Church. For five years she lived in Cologne, where she worked as a program developer and grant writer for one of the biggest charity organizations in Germany, running programs in the field of adult formation and social work. In December 2007 she moved to Chicago and has been the Associate Director of Catholics on Call, another program of the Bernardin Center, since July 2008. In October 2012 she took on additional responsibilities for the Peacebuilders Initiative. Together with other four women she lives in one of the Focolare Centers in Hyde Park, Chicago.

Phone: 773.371.5431
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