Meet the IRL Staff

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Jeff Karls

Executive Director

Jeff was President of Magdalen College (now Northeast Catholic College) for 13 years and most recently Principal of Blessed Trinity School in Dane, Wisconsin. Jeff became full-time Executive Director of the IRL in the summer of 2019. He is also the Vice-President of the Orate Pastoral Liturgical Institute. Jeff is married and is the father of ten children.

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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, Notre Dame, Indiana, and worked for 22 years with the IBM Company before joining the staff of the IRL. In addition to working in the IRL office, she is a contributing writer for Religious Life magazine and has also authored a book titled, A Spiritual Pilgrimage to France.

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Sue Shingle

Sue worked at the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe for a number of years before coming to the IRL. She is a first-grade catechist at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Lake Villa, IL. She has been married for 22 years and is the mother of two teenage daughters.

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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.

Scott E. Agulo

Scott received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology from Boston College. He is co-founder and head of Veritas Bonitas Pulchritas ("Truth, Goodness, Beauty"), organizing Holy Masses in the Extraordinary Form in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He and his wife are expecting their first baby in the Fall of 2019.

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