CHRISTOPHER M. GRANEY is an astronomer and historian of science with the Specola Vaticana (the Vatican’s astronomical observatory) in Rome and Tucson, Arizona. He and Specola Director Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. are authors of the forthcoming (Fall 2023) book from Paulist Press, When Science Goes Wrong: The Desire and Search for Truth. Locally, he is a parishioner at St. Louis Bertrand in Louisville, writes the "Science in the Bluegrass" column for the archdiocesan newspaper The Record, and has been refurbishing the 19th-century Msgr. Bouchet telescope at the Archdiocesan History Center.
Dr. Anna Christianson is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Bellarmine University. Though not born there, she considers herself a Texas girl, having attended the University of Dallas for her undergraduate degree before earning her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Texas A&M University. Now a faculty member at Bellarmine, she teaches courses in General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Instrumental Analysis, and mentors students in independent research projects. She maintains a small research lab with a focus on the synthetic chemistry of the element bismuth combined with organic compounds, and also publishes in the field of chemical education. In the community, Anna is a member of the Louisville Local Section of the American Chemical Society and regularly volunteers as a judge for the Louisville Regional Science and Engineering Fair. She recently became a member of the Society of Catholic Scientists and is part of the Archdiocese of Louisville's Faith and Science Dialogue Group. Anna and her husband Jon Christianson have two little boys, Carl (3) and Roland (1), who continually keep them on their toes (and smiling!) The family are parishioners at St. Margaret Mary. When not wrangling kiddos at home, Anna enjoys cooking, crocheting, pretending to garden, and getting lost in a good book with a steaming cuppa close at hand.
Fr. Patrick Dolan is the administrator of Good Shepherd Church in Columbia, Ky., Holy Redeemer Church in Greensburg, Ky., and Holy Spirit Church in Jamestown, Ky. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from St. Louis University; a Master of Science and PhD in Chemistry from Indiana University; and Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Arts in Theology, License in Sacred Theology, and Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum University, Rome, Italy. Fr. Dolan has served in the U.S. Army and National Guard as Chaplain Brigadier General having deployed to Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.