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Fr. Donald S. Nesti, CSSp
Founder, Director

Fr. Donald S. Nesti, CSSpFr. Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, a native of Pennsylvania, was ordained to the priesthood in 1963. He earned a licentiate and a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He served his missionary order, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in many capacities. Fr. Nesti’s teaching assignments include Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA; the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH; and the University of St. Thomas. In the administrative field, he served as Director of the Immaculate Heart Seminary, Bethel Park, PA: Director of Planning, Research and Renewal, Congregation of the Holy Ghost USA - Eastern Province; President, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA; and Provincial Superior, Congregation of the Holy Ghost USA - Western Province. Currently, he teaches at the University of St. Thomas in the Masters in Faith and Culture program. Fr. Nesti founded the Center in 1994 in response to Pope John Paul II’s 1982 creation of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Center for Faith and Culture seeks to understand and affect the relationship between the worldview of Catholic faith and culture.

Contact
713-942-5069
nesti@stthom.edu



Dr. Adam G. Martinez
Associate Director, Program Director of the MA in Faith and Culture

Dr. Adam G. MartinezDr. Adam G. Martinez holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a Master’s in Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, a Master’s in Spanish from Rice University, and a bachelor’s from the University of St. Thomas, Houston. Dr. Martinez’ research has focused on inclusiveness and diversity in education. His interests include education policy and pluralism within the American context. In 2007, Dr. Martinez conducted research and published a position paper on graduate education in Texas for the Graduate Education Advisory Council at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In 2009, Dr. Martinez was recognized as an Exemplary Diversity Scholar by the University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity. Dr Martinez has 18 years experience in institutional advancement and has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive for nine years (2001-2010).  He previously served as Director of Major Gifts for UST’s Institutional Advancement Office.  His wife, Jane Pinell Martinez, is also a UST graduate, and together they are the proud parents of three daughters, Hannah, Caroline and Sarah.

Contact
713-942-5067
martinag@stthom.edu



Jan Skrehot
Associate Director, Pastoral & Ecumenical and Interreligious Initiatives

Jan SkrehotJan Skrehot’s work at the Center includes development and oversight of pastoral programs, including ecumenical and interreligious activities, lecture series, conferences and symposia.  Mrs. Skrehot has over 14 years of experience as a parish lay minister with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in the areas of youth ministry, family life ministry and liturgy.  During her service with the Archdiocese she coordinated two youth track conferences, and facilitated and assisted with numerous diocesan workshops, retreats and parish catechetical events.  Mrs. Skrehot received her Master of Divinity from the UST Graduate School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas.  She graduated from the Cenacle Spiritual Direction Institute in Houston, Texas, studied at the Centro Pro Unione Summer Ecumenical Institute in Rome, and participated in the USCCB-CADEIO Ecumenical and Interreligious Summer Institutes.  She currently serves as the Secretary and Region 10 Representative of the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical & Interreligious Officers (CADEIO) and collaborates with Fr. Reginald Samuels, the Ecumenical/Interreligious Officer of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Mrs. Skrehot and her husband David have three adult children and ten grandchildren.

Contact
713-942-5071
skrehotj@stthom.edu



Sean Stewart
Administrative Assistant

Contact

713-942-5066
sastewar@stthom.edu



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The Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith & Culture
The Center seeks to understand and affect the relationship between and among the many facets of the American way of life in relation to God’s ongoing, loving encounter with humanity. We educate faith-full citizens to be artisans of dialogue and proclamation in articulating a God-centered vision of the world and how that vision strengthens the institutions that govern us as a people. Through its programmatic offerings the Center serves the local and regional Catholic, ecumenical and interreligious communities, our sister university communities, civic society, and various professional segments of our culture.
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