Michael J. Ruszala is a Catholic lay ministry professional. He holds an M.A. in Theology & Christian Ministry and a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology summa cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is certified as a parish catechetical leader by the Diocese of Buffalo. Michael served for over five years as director of lifelong faith formation at a parish in the Diocese of Buffalo, where he started a number of creative catechetical initiatives with children, youth, and adults. He currently works as a parish music director and also serves as an adjunct lecturer in religious studies at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, where he has taught on Christian Ministry and Popes in the Modern World. He is the author of five religious books including Pope Francis: Pastor of Mercy, David and the Psalms, and Saint Padre Pio: In the Footsteps of Saint Francis. Michael is an active member of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, is a former member of two catechetical committees for the Diocese of Buffalo, and is the recipient of the 2016 Christian Service Award from the Canisius College Sodality of Our Lady in Buffalo. He has also been published in religious journals including the Social Justice Review, the Catholic Social Science Review, and Lay Witness online edition. With interests in music, art, tennis, and kayaking, Michael also enjoys directing the children's choir at his parish. Please visit www.michaeljruszala.com for more information.