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Epiphany – February 27, 2021

”You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect’-Mt 5:48

John DeJak invites us to join the Familiaris Consortio Conference that aims to help bring unity in our world. Tamra Fromm breaks down key points from her book. Jill Geden shares the love of being a Catholic and how her teams strives to make little disciples. Chris Gast provides shares the unwritten history of the numbers of abortion among the black population.


John DeJak

President, Father Gabriel Richard

An attorney and educator, is the President of Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  A member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, he has recently served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of St. Thomas-Saint Paul Seminary’s Institute for Catholic School Leadership in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was the founding Headmaster of two classical high schools in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area: Chesterton Academy and Holy Spirit Academy.   Prior to that he practiced law and served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He has taught Latin, Greek, literature, government, and theology in schools in Chicago, Cleveland, the Twin Cities, and Ann Arbor.  In addition to his academic and legal experience, he, along with Fr. Marc Lindeijer, S.J., edited With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit (Loyola Press, 2016).  His articles have appeared in numerous publications including Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and the St. Austin Review. He and his wife, Ann, and their eight children live in Saline. Michigan.


Tamra Fromm

Dr. Tamra Fromm is an instructor at the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan. Prior to joining the CBSM team, she served in several capacities, including Director of Genesis Ministries where she worked with young adults between the ages of 18-35 in the sixty parishes of Oakland County, Michigan. Dr. Fromm has worked for the Archdiocese of Detroit as the Director of Marketing for Catholic Schools, advertising for and consulting with 120 Catholic elementary and high schools on strategic planning, development and enrollment management. She has also served Sacred Heart Major Seminary as both the Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management and as a Professor of Theology.

Jill Geden

Principle, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Mrs. Geden is a proud Catholic and is thrilled to be part of the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs community!  An active faith life is very important to Mrs. Geden and her family;  she has been a catechist, an annual volunteer at Vacation Bible School, and is a member of a Teams of Our Lady group with her husband.  

She earned a Master of Education in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a MA in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University and her BA is in English Literature from Michigan State University.  She considers herself a life-long learner and is looking forward to continuing to grow with the OLQM family.  

Mrs. Geden’s educational philosophy is to challenge students to think critically, to take active roles in their classrooms and communities, and to help form missionary disciples. She began her educational career as a fifth grade teacher and has also taught middle school (6-8th grade) language arts.  Mrs. Geden has experience as a principal, instructional coach, and curriculum coordinator for grades pre-school through 12th grade.  She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.   Mrs. Geden has four children (Kennedy, Everett, Eli, and Felicity) who are excited to be Vikings!

Chris Gast

Director of Communication/Education for Right to Life of  Michigan.

He is responsible for overseeing the organization’s public communications, media relations, and other educational outreaches. He is the editor of the Right to Life of Michigan News. In his free time, Chris serves as the vice chair on the board of directors for Protect Life Michigan, an organization that promotes a culture of life on college campuses throughout Michigan. Chris graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in American public policy. He lives in Lowell, Michigan, with his wife Melissa and their three children: Nate, Madeleine and Carolyn.

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