Fr. Simon joined our THS community as Director of Boys Formation in 2014, the year of his priestly ordination as a Legionary of Christ. With a specialty in Apologetics and Classical Literature, Fr. Simon graduated with a summa cum laude B.A. in Catholic Theology and a summa cum laude M.A. in Philosophy from The Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. Fluent in Spanish and Italian, Fr. Simon served as an official translator at the 6th Catholic World Meeting of Families Congress in 2009. Fr. Simon has lead countless youth missions in New Zealand, Mexico, Italy, and the United States. His most recent mission was organizing a Highlands School service trip to Nicaragua during Spring Break, and in Holy Week to the impoverished areas of Dallas.
A consecrated woman of Regnum Christi for 18 years, Miss Deb Bauer, is originally from Wisconsin and has been involved in Catholic education and youth ministry activities for over 25 years. Her love for evangelization and bringing the young and the old to know Christ is her passion and desire.
Deb felt called to Catholic education and evangelization after her first high school retreat. She obtained a BS degree in School Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse so she could help young people make good decisions with their lifestyle choices. Not satisfied in the public school setting and wanting to share her zeal for her faith, she set out to study an MA in Theology and Christian Ministry with a specialization in Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville.
She then served as a Middle School and High School Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister at a large parish in Wisconsin for three years before entering consecrated life. She felt a strong pull towards giving her entire life to Christ and serving the Church in those years and she was also looking for a community setting where her faith would be strengthened and where she could continue to evangelize.
Deb then joined the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, and in her last years of formation served as the Director of Religious Education for a parish in Rhode Island.
She then stayed on at Mater Ecclesiae College, the college that educated and assisted in the discernment of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi; to serve as a professor and Director of Institutional Advancement. Deb served on the Diocese of Providence Evangelization Committee, and was involved in leading the youth work efforts at the college and maintain youth clubs in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine.
Because of her role, Deb decided to study education to be more equipped to train and educate the Consecrated Women and to be able to serve more effectively in Catholic educational institutions. Deb became the President of Mater Ecclesiae College and she holds her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. Her dissertation focused on Catholic identity in the Catholic school system: how Principals uphold a Catholic identity in their schools.
Prior to coming to Dallas, Deb served as a spiritual guide and part of the formation team of the women’s Regnum Christi section in Atlanta. She also served on the Pinecrest Academy School Board of Trustees. She has been a spiritual guide of Consecrated Women and people of all ages. She sees her work in Catholic education and ministry to put on the love of Christ and offer Him to others as He is the One she staked her life on.
Br. Paul Ruedas, LC. is from Littlerock, California. After graduating, he worked in Antelope Valley College in the admissions department. He joined the Legionaries of Christ in 2009, and professed his first vows in September 3rd, 2011, renewing them in 2014. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. He describes his vocation as “a following of Christ, my best friend. It is that first step into the boat and taking to the deep waters, learning the ways of a fisherman, to become a fisher of men.”
Lisa Small was born in South Africa but her family immigrated to New Zealand when she was 12. In 2001 she discovered a deep call to consecrate her life to Jesus in Regnum Christi. She studied a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Development at Mater Ecclesiae College and a Masters in Communication and an Ecclesiastical Masters in Religious Sciences. She worked in New Zealand at the Catholic Discipleship College – a one year Catholic bible college. Miss Lisa began as Formation Instructor at The Highlands in 2015. She loves her consecrated life as a way to be part of people's lives, accompanying people in their journey towards finding full freedom and joy. She loves God, life, people, and the gift of being consecrated to Him.
Br. Josef Babuin, LC. is from Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy. He joined the Legionaries of Christ in 2011, and professed his first vows on September 14th, 2013. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
Trisha McClellan grew up in Akron/Canton, Ohio. Miss Trisha graduated from Ashland University in 2005 with a B.A. in Spanish and Philosophy. In 2007, she followed God’s call to consecrate her life to him and serve the Church in the Regnum Christi Movement. She attended Mater Ecclesiae College in Rhode Island where she completed a B.A. in Religious and Pastoral Studies. She received her M.A. in Theology at The Catholic Distance University. Miss Trisha began serving as Formation Instructor at The Highlands School in 2011. She has a passion for learning, teaching and God, and loves sharing all three with the middle school and high school girls!
Before joining our Highlands community, Miss Anne Will graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Pastoral and Religious Studies and a minor in Philosophy from Mater Ecclesiae College. Since her consecration to God in 2005, Miss Anne has worked with various youth groups serving Catholic schools in Florida and Rhode Island. She remarks that her greatest joy has been helping our students live out our school motto of “Always Higher” (Semper Altius).