Meet the IRL Staff

Our staff are here to serve you, from coordinating the Annual National Meeting in Mundelein, Illinois each Divine Mercy weekend, to assisting persons whom are discerning their God-given call to a vocation to the priesthood or religious life through our comprehensive services, events and materials such as spiritual books, audio conference talks and a variety of leaflets to help nurture your Roman Catholic vocation journey.

The IRL was founded by the late 'Servant of God', Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. and Rev. Edmund F. McCaffrey, Obl.S.D., Ph.D. and our staff are committed to our founders mission. Our office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.

Michael Wick

Executive Director

Mike is married and father of four children. He has a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) and is completing a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake - Mundelein Seminary.

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Rev. Thomas Nelson, O. Praem.

National Director

Father Nelson is a priest of St. Michael's Abbey in Silverado, California, a community of Norbertine Canons. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

Anne Tschanz


Anne is a graduate of St. Mary's College and had worked 22 years with the IBM Company before joining the staff of the IRL. In addition to working in the IRL office, she is a monthly contributing writer for the 'Religious Life' magazine and has also authored a book titled, 'A Spiritual Pilgrimage to France'.

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Rev. Brian Mullady, O.P.

Theological Consultant

Father Mullady O.P.,  is a nationally known Dominican priest, Retreat Master and Teacher. He has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

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A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
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