A Message from Father Cassian

Advisory Council

Prior Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.

Born in 1955 in Massachusetts, The Very Rev. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B. has been a monk since 1979 and a priest since 1984. He served as the pro-President of the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico at the Athenaeum of Sant' Anselmo from 1997 to 2000, and is the founding prior of the Monastery of San Benedetto, located in Norcia, Italy, the birthplace of St. Benedict. Father Cassian is also a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and is the author of numerous studies on Roman Catholic liturgy. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named Father Cassian as a consulter to the Congregation on Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Jim Schultz


Jim Schultz is an attorney specializing in business, real estate and commercial matters. He obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas (MN) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He lives with his wife (Molly) and two daughters (Helena and Elizabeth) in Minnetonka, MN and grew up outside of Annandale, MN. He is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Dr. John F. Boyle

Dr. John F. Boyle is a University of St. Thomas, St Paul, Professor of Catholic Studies and Theology and the Chair of the Catholic Studies Department. He has a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. He is an accomplished writer and authority on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has been greatly influential in enriching Catholic education and culture in the Twin Cities. He was a teacher of HSA faculty member Miss Mary Billion.

Steve Bohlke

 Mr. Bohlke holds a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University. He recently was a Regional Sales manager for Cargill and the General Manager for Cargill's Marketing and Risk management and Crop insurance business in the upper Midwest. He maintains his Series 3 Commodity Brokers License and Series 30 Commodity Broker Manager License. Steve has served in three parishes over the past 25 years in various positions including, school board member, liturgical committee member/president, and founded and led several bible study groups at St Wenceslaus parish in New Prague, MN. He has also served as a catechist, lector and choir member at Our Lady of The Prairie in Belle Plain, MN, and has been a third degree Knight of Columbus for over 20 years. Steve and his wife Carmen are also founding members of the New Prague Chapter of MN Citizens Concerned for Life MN (MCCL) and have four grown children who attended Catholic schools. Steve and Carmen are currently members of St. Timothy parish in Maple Lake, MN where Steve serves as a lector and cantor. He served as HSA Board chairperson from 2016-2019.

Father Michael Becker

Fr. Michael Becker has been serving as the Rector of St. John Vianney Seminary since 2010. He was Pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, Minnesota for seven years before moving to St. Paul. Fr. Becker graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1987 with bachelor’s degrees in theology and economics. He has been engaged in ministry to Catholic high school and college students through NET (National Evangelization Teams) and St. Paul’s Outreach. Fr. Becker enjoys prayer, theological reading, travel, hiking in the mountains, and Italian cuisine.

Joseph Pearce

Formerly the Writer-in-Residence and professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Florida where he worked for twelve years, Mr. Pearce is an accomplished tutor, teacher, and public speaker. Originally from London, England, Mr. Pearce was once involved in radical politics. An agnostic, rebel, and risk-taker, Mr. Pearce's political daring found him in a tight spot more than once. Several years later, after coming upon the works of G. K. Chesterton, Mr. Pearce had a deep spiritual conversion. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1989. Since then, Mr. Pearce has written bestselling books on G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Hilaire Belloc, J. R.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, and others. He has authored more than a dozen books, all of which correspond to the Catholic intellectual tradition while exploring the vivacity of a life of Faith.