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Bernadette Gasslein was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. For the past 14 years, Bernadette has been the editor of Celebrate!, Canada's award-winning liturgy magazine published by Novalis. For the past 36 years she has been engaged in various liturgical and catechetical ministries, including four years as a Project Specialist with the National Office of Religious Education of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. She now leads workshops around the country in addition to her responsibilities as editor of Celebrate!. She has published on catechetical and liturgical topics in a number of different revues and collections, in both English and French. Bernadette holds a Licence in Sacred Theology with Specialization in Pastoral Catechetics from the Institut Catholique de Paris (1978). She is Coordinator of Liturgical Life at St. Charles Parish in Edmonton, AB, where she and her husband Gordon live.
Marilyn Sweet is a native Nova Scotian, living with her husband David in the Annapolis Valley. They have three adult children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts(1967) from Dalhousie University (Halifax), a Master of Divinity (1992) from Atlantic School of Theology (Halifax) and is currently (2005) completing the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Liturgical Law from St. Paul’s University (Ottawa). She has been Liturgy Director in the Archdiocese of Halifax since 1992 and now also serves as Archdiocesan Director of Programs. Marilyn has taught short courses in liturgy at Atlantic School of Theology, St. Paul`s University and Newman Theological School (Edmonton). She is principal writer of the CCCB document Youth at Worship, and the author of Preparing to Celebrate with Youth (Novalis). She has been a contributor to Celebrate!, to the National Bulletin on Liturgy, and to Our Family magazine. She served for ten years on the National Council for Liturgy and two years on the National Advisory Committee for Adult Catechesis, for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has chaired the Atlantic Liturgical Conference, and is currently vice-chair of the Board of Governors of Atlantic School of Theology.
John G. Hibbard was born and educated in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop's University before continuing studies for the priesthood at Saint Augustine Seminary in Scarborough. Ordained for the Archdiocese of Kingston in 1974, he has served as a pastor of several parishes, as well as serving as the Archdiocese Master of Ceremonies. He holds a Masters degree in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame and has served as the Director of the National Liturgical Office of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1990 to 1995. Currently the pastor of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Belleville, he continues his involvement in liturgy as a lecturer at the Summer Institute of Pastoral Liturgy at Saint Paul’s University, as the vice-chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission and as chair of both the Ontario Liturgical Conference and the National Council for Liturgy. He also conducts workshops for clergy and laity at diocesan and parish levels.