Our Leadership Team
Dr. Daniel and Bethany Meola
Daniel Meola is an adult child of divorce who earned his Ph.D. in Theology of Marriage and Family from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. While studying at the Institute, he helped faculty and other experts create Recovering Origins, a unique pastoral initiative to heal adult children of divorce. He has been leading Recovering Origins retreats since 2015 in the Archdiocese of Washington, and in 2018 he founded the Life-Giving Wounds traveling retreat team to spread Recovering Origins and other ministry to adult children of divorce around the country.
Dan has over fifteen years of experience running retreats and giving presentations to various groups, including for youth, young adults, engaged couples, and families. He currently works at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. where he facilitates evangelization and catechesis events for people of all ages.
Bethany Meola has a master of theological studies degree from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. She and Dan met there and married in 2011. Bethany served the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for seven years in the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. Among other tasks, she managed the website For Your Marriage, researched and wrote on various topics related to marriage and family, and gained an appreciation for the various ministries offered (and not offered) throughout the country. In 2017, Dan and Bethany welcomed their daughter Zelie-Louise through the gift of adoption, and Bethany became a stay-at-home mom. She assists with many of the behind-the-scenes operations of Life-Giving Wounds.
Dan and Bethany live in Bowie, MD and are members of Teams of Our Lady, an international marriage apostolate.
Fr. Daniel Leary
Spiritual and Clergy Advisor
Father Dan Leary graduated from Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, and was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington DC in 1997. He currently serves as Pastor of Saint Andrew Apostle in Silver Spring, MD. Father Dan has been leading men's, women's, and couples' retreats for over 20 years; his annual women's retreat in Pennsylvania draws over 275 women from the DC area and beyond. He is instrumental in serving the poor throughout the world and organizes and supports several mission trips each year through Mustard Seed Communities, and his retreat ministry, Anima Christi Retreats.
Fr. Jim McCormick, MIC
Fr. Jim McCormack, MIC, is a priest for the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and an adult child of divorce.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and a Master’s degree in the same subject from Stanford University. After graduate school, he moved to Colorado, where he worked seven years for Hewlett-Packard and skied every month of the year for seventy consecutive months!
His first sense of a priestly calling came in graduate school, but he ignored the call for nearly six years. During that time, he was engaged to be married, but his fiancée broke off their engagement six months before the wedding. It was at that point that he decided to take his original calling more seriously. On a pilgrimage to Italy in 2002, while praying in the Holy House of Loreto, he received the grace to follow the Lord’s invitation to become a priest.
He eventually entered the Marian Congregation and was ordained to the priesthood on July 10, 2010. He later earned his licentiate in Rome in the Theology of the Consecrated Life. He now serves as novice master, prefect of formation, provincial councilor and local superior at the Marian house of studies in Washington, D.C.
Drs. Nate and Jill Verschaetse
Drs. Nate and Jill Verschaetse are clinical psychologists and reside in Phoenix, AZ. Their clinical work includes therapy with adults, children, couples, families, clergy, and religious. They also provide psychological assessments for those seeking entrance to religious life and seminary. In addition to their interest in helping children of divorce heal, they enjoy giving talks on married love and assisting couples to deepen their connection. They have been involved with integrative healing ministries and are passionate about the integration of faith and psychotherapy. The couple believes fervently in the power of the family to be vessels of life-giving graces to the world.
Art and Graphic Design Advisor
Michael Corsini is a husband and father of five. It’s this vocation that gives life to everything he does. Michael is an artist, musician, speaker and retreat leader. He believes that his mission is to help people experience the powerful love of God through an authentic encounter with beauty.
Michael is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design and has a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. He also spent five years as a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
His art can be found here: www.michaelcorsini.com