Before, During, and After COVID19: The Sacramental Life of the Church

May 19, 2020, 6:00pm America/New_York

Our panel of experts will take a look at the theology behind the sacramental life of the Church and discuss the implications and opportunities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sponsored by RCL Benziger.

Diana Macalintal

Codirector and cofounder of

Diana Macalintal is the codirector and cofounder of, a free online resource for catechumenate ministry. She is an author and speaker on liturgy, music, prayer, RCIA, and intercultural ministry. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and has served in campus, parish, and diocesan ministries for almost 30 years. Her latest books include The Work of Your Hands, a collection of prayers; Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing, a parish resource for marriage preparation which she wrote with her husband, Nick Wagner; Living Liturgy, a Sunday by Sunday liturgical year resource; and Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community, all published by Liturgical Press

Fr. Tom Reese

Senior Analyst

The Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest, is a Senior Analyst at RNS. Previously he was a columnist at the National Catholic Reporter (2015-17) and an associate editor (1978-85) and editor in chief (1998-2005) at America magazine. He was also a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University (1985-98 & 2006-15) where he wrote Archbishop, A Flock of Shepherds, and Inside the Vatican. Earlier he worked as a lobbyist for tax reform. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of California Berkeley. He entered the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1974 after receiving a M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Fr. Richard Fragomeni

Rev. Richard Fragomeni is a presbyter of the Diocese of Albany, New York, and has been a member of the CTU faculty since 1990. His teaching involves him in Roman Catholic theology, interpretation theory, and poetry. His current work is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace. Central to this work is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of the human heart.   Richard is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. He also serves as the Rector of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, an Italian-American spiritual center in Chicago’s historic Little Italy. In addition to his teaching duties he is a preacher of parish missions and gives presentations nationally and internationally on liturgical, sacramental, and catechetical topics.   Fr. Richard can be reached at:

Ellie Hildalgo

Pastoral Associate

Ellie Hidalgo serves as the pastoral associate for Dolores Mission Catholic Church and School, a Jesuit parish in Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles. The parish is known for its restorative justice ministries, including special liturgies and support groups for families who have lost loved ones to homicide and for families with loved ones in prison. It is also the home-base parish of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and reentry program in the world. Ellie also teaches classes and workshops in Hand in Hand Parenting. She believes that working with parents to build and sustain a life-long connection with their children is a key element in families breaking the cycle of addictions, domestic violence and gang violence in the neighborhood. Previously, Elie served as a staff writer for The Tidings Catholic Newspaper writing news and feature stories about Hispanic ministry, restorative justice, youth ministry, and immigration reform. Her articles frequently appeared at Catholic News Service, and she also wrote for the website Busted Halo.Ellie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles). She was commissioned as a pastoral associate for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2013. Ellie is the first of five children born to Cuban immigrant parents and a proud aunt to eight nieces and nephews and numerous godchildren.