Fr. John Zuhlsdorf or “Father Z” as he is often called for obvious reasons, converted from Lutheranism in his early twenties. In 1991 he was ordained in St. Peter’s Basilica by John Paul II for an Italian diocese (the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni). His under graduate and graduate studies were in Theater and Classical languages at the University of Minnesota, philosophy at St. Thomas in St. Paul, theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and Patristic Theology at the “Augustinianum” also in Rome. He spent 7 years as a collaborator with the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei."
Placed for adoption as a baby, she grew up with adoptive parents who recognized and nurtured her musical abilities even without knowing their origin. In her adulthood, she had the privilege of meeting both of her birthparents—and discovering the depth of her musical heritage. Strubler recently retired after 30 years as a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A native of Minnesota, Strubler began studying piano at the age of three and violin at the age of five. She has also studied cello and harp.
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