Avila Institute Advisory Board

Bishop Robert Baker

Most Rev. Bishop Robert J. Baker, S.T.D.: Episcopal Oversight and Advisory Board

Most Rev. Bishop Robert J. Baker was born in Willard, Ohio, on June 4, 1944. He attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and was ordained a priest on March 21, 1970, for the Diocese of St. Augustine. From 1970-72 he served as assistant pastor at St. Paul’s Parish, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and also taught at Bishop Kenny High School. From 1972-75 he was assigned to study at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he received S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees in dogmatic theology.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, D.D.: Advisory Board

Joseph Naumann was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Fred and Louise Naumann. He graduated from St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in 1967 and from Cardinal Glennon College in 1971. After acting as a transitional deacon in Florissant and completing his theological studies at Kenrick Seminary in 1975, Naumann was ordained to the priesthood on May 24 of that same year, for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

He then served as an associate pastor of St. Dominic Savio Parish in Affton until 1979, and of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in St. Louis until 1984. From 1984 to 1989, Naumann was a part-time associate pastor at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in St. Louis, whilst working as Coordinator of the Pro-Life Committee as well until 1995. He was later pastor of Ascension Parish in Normandy (1989-1994) and vicar general of the archdiocese (1994-2003).

On July 8, 1997, Naumann was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and Titular Bishop of Caput Cilla by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 3 from Archbishop Justin Rigali, with Bishops Edward O’Donnell and Edward Braxton serving as co-consecrators.

Naumann, after becoming Apostolic Administrator of St. Louis in October 2003, was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas on January 7, 2004, serving under Archbishop James Keleher. He later succeeded Keleher, as Archbishop of Kansas City upon the latter’s resignation on January 15, 2005.

The Archbishop sits on the Committees on Pro-Life and on Marriage and Family Life within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board of Trustees. He is also Chairman of the Kansas Catholic Conference.

Sister Susan Pieper: Advisory Board

Sr. Susan is the first member of the community of the Apostles of the Interior Life (www.apostlesofil.org). She studied at the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA where she received a B.A. in Theology. She then moved to Rome to study at the Pontifical University of the Angelicum. There she received a B.A. in Philosophy, a B.A. in Theology, and an STL in Moral Theology. Sr. Susan is now serving as a Spiritual Director to our students and staff.


Dr. George Harne

Dr. George Harne, President of St. Mary Magdalen College: Advisory Board

Dr. Harne earned his Ph. D. from Princeton University, an M.A. from Princeton University, an M.A. from St. John’s College, an M.A. from the University of Washington, and his B.M.E from the University of Southern Mississippi.