ost of the staff of are amateurs and cannot be considered experts. However, despite our lack of official "expert" status, our visitors and patrons can expect cogent and competent opinions on matters related to the Catholic Faith. Many of our members have decades of knowledge and experience in defending and teaching the Catholic faith. We are also blessed with some members who have had formal training in the sacred sciences, while most others have been published in reputable periodicals. To our knowledge, we are the only Catholic Apologetics internet apostolate which stretches across international borders.
After a number of years on the apologetics scene, John founded after a two year stint as Vice President of a prominent Catholic Apologetics Apostolate. John has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from Queen's University at Kingston and another advanced financial degree. He is employed as a financial controller in the commercial real estate development industry. In 1996, at the age of 26, John became interested in apologetics after reading Scott and Kimberly Hahn's conversion story Rome Sweet Home. John began to delve more deeply into apologetics, especially after a series of encounters with an Evangelical friend whose questions forced him to learn more about his faith. A number of personal encounters with Fundamentalists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormons further convinced John that apologetics was an important area of evangelization and needed to be fostered. John has taught RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) along with giving talks at local parishes and organizing Apologetic conferences in the Ottawa area. He has also had a number articles published in Catholic magazines and periodicals, including Challenge Magazine, Culture Wars, The Wanderer, The Catholic Answer, Lay Witness, Bread of Life, and This Rock. In recent years, John has shifted his focus to fighting the culture war in Canada. To read about his recent adventures, click here.
William Albrecht is an apologist and has a B.A. in Theology. William was raised in a non-religious household and eventually became a Protestant. After much studying and the undertaking of a religious career, William converted to the Catholic faith close to seven years ago. In addition to his contributions to , William's work in Catholic apologetics includes his many apologetic videos available for viewing at his YouTube apologetics page and his GodTube apologetics page.
Mark Bonocore is one of the best Catholic apologists in e-debate. He uses is vast wealth of patristic knowledge to rebut any historical objections to the Catholic faith. He has the very rare ability to set apparent contradictions of Church teaching in their proper context. Our visitors will be richly blessed by reading Mark's work. A media professional by trade, Mark Bonocore has participated in Catholic apologetics from boyhood, having learned at the feet of his late father, Joseph Bonocore, and the numerous fine Catholic scholars with whom he associated. Highly proficient in Scripture studies, Church history, and Patristics, Mark is a member of the Secular Oratory of St. Philip Neri, and regularly gives talks and writes articles for several "grass roots" apologetics organizations, as well as being one of the most prolific Catholic apologists on the internet.
Our Apostolate is pleased to provide our visitors with a feminine touch to apologetics which, for some strange reason, is a certain rarity in this business. Along with this feminine perspective, Suzanne brings her keen sense of history and proportion to our Apostolate that we shall benefit from in the months and years to come. Suzanne Fortin was born in 1973 and grew up in Quebec City. She began participating in on-line religious discussions since 1995. She graduated from Laval University in 1998, with a Bachelor's Degree in History. In recent years, Suzanne has concentrated on fighting against abortion with her very popular blog, Big Blue Wave.
"Wib" or "Wibi", as he prefers to be called, is our Alberta Staff Apologist. Being extremely well travelled, Wib joins us from Singapore where he was actively involved in apologetics with ACT (Apostolate for Catholic Truth). Being a lecturer in his field of expertise (Engineering), we are proud to welcome Wib and his formidable academic talents as he puts them to good use in advancing the Catholic Faith. To learn more about Wib, click here. Wibisono Hartono has a Doctorate degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of Tokyo, Japan and a Masters degree in structural engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. He was born into a Catholic family in Indonesia and was educated in Catholic schools. His interest in apologetics came through a long process where he was first involved in the Bible study with Evangelical Christians in Thailand. Although they failed to persuade him to have another baptism, he nevertheless became more Evangelical than Catholic in his belief. The turning point came when he faced another challenge from his Muslim friend in Tokyo who tried to convert him to Islam by giving him books and booklets about the teaching of Christianity written by Muslim apologists. This encounter piqued his interest in apologetic works. After he realized that such books gave a distorted view on Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular, he started studying the teaching of the Catholic Church from Catholic sources and comparing them to various Evangelical works. The study finally led him back to the bosom of the Catholic Church in 1987. Currently, Dr. Hartono is living and working in Calgary, Alberta.
Otherwise known as "Bible Buck" by his former trucking buddies, Chuck is our resident Bible apologetic specialist. is honoured to have a guy like Charlie on staff because he has the grit, the tenacity, and the knowledge which are going to prove invaluable to our Apostolate in the coming years. Charlie "The Russian Bear" Hatchko is somethin' else. Some Catholics know their Bible and some Catholics don't. But then there's the Russian Bear. As the working man's blue-collar Catholic apologist, Charlie can go toe-to-toe with the slickest and quickest fundy Bible thumper, rattling off Bible verses faster than most country auctioneers think. He's a living reminder never to underestimate your opponent when engaging in Bible apologetics. Charlie is a Russian Catholic who possesses an eighth grade Catholic education. He grew up in the mining town of Scranton, and he bears an uncanny resemblance to the legendary professional wrestler Ivan Koloff. Charlie earned the CB handle "Bible Buck" during the twelve years he spent as a long-distance truck driver, and for the past decade he's worked as a jail guard. He has practically memorized the entire Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and decades of back issues of Homiletic & Pastoral Review. As a Catholic apologist, he has given numerous talks in North Eastern Pennsylvania and written over a hundred articles for local community publications. Charlie's one desire in life is to bring souls to Christ through the Catholic Church.
Frank Jerry comes to from his very popular ministry, Pillar of Truth Ministries (PTM), which has featured Art Sippo's work for years. An effective apologist in his own right, Frank adds a keen mind and a deft hand in e-pologetic banter. is very pleased to have Frank and the rest of the PTM team join our crew. In his own words:
"My story is no different than many others. I was born in 1964 and grew up Catholic but like many, wandered away from my faith when I reached my teen years. After spending about 10 years away from the Church, I started to get the sense that there had to be more to life than the fleeting moments of joy which never seemed to last and eventually left me with an empty feeling inside. Well, to make a long story short, I eventually went out and bought a Bible and began reading. This helped but I still knew there was something left that I had to do. At the time, I was living with a friend of mine who was a non-practicing Catholic and whose family had left the Catholic Church previously for a Fundamentalist church. I found that many of my friends who were non-Catholics, and even some who claimed to be Catholics, started attacking the Church and its teachings. They thought I was foolish for becoming a practicing Catholic once again. Instead of swallowing everything they said, I decided to do a little studying up myself. Though they didn't know it, my anti-Catholic friends were building my faith up more and more. I began to find myself no longer on the defensive, but now on the offensive. The truths of the Catholic Church were so great that I couldn't keep them to myself."
Born in Montreal in 1952 and having lived there all his life, Anthony is the second of four children. He earned a B.A. at McGill University from 1969 to 1974. He then worked for two years (1974-1976) as a paralegal and then completed a law degree at the University of Montreal. Anthony was received into the Bar as a lawyer in 1980. After working for a small firm in commercial litigation for a few years, he started his own firm in 1984, and currently specializes in the law of charitable organizations and non-profit corporations. Begininng in the early 1980s, Anthony began to do research in Church History, and over the past 20 years, he has developed a series of conferences on controversial issues in Church History. He has also acquired a sound knowledge of Theology and regularly gives classes on Christian doctrine and talks on how to exercise the Christian virtues in daily life. Anthony gives these talks both at the McGill Newman Centre and at Riverview University Centre, where he is the Director. Riverview is a university centre in which the activities of doctrinal and spiritual formation are entrusted to the Opus Dei Prelature, of which Anthony is a member.
Art Sippo is one of the most knowledgeable Catholic apologists on the internet today. His breadth and depth of knowledge are virtually unmatched among active e-pologists. His specialty involves issues surrounding the Reformation. is very proud to host Dr. Sippo's material. We know that our visitors will be enlightened and edified by reading his postings. Arthur C. Sippo, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.C.O.E.M is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine and Aerospace Medicine and is certified as a Medical Review Officer by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council. He is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and as well as an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association. Dr. Sippo belongs to the volunteer faculty of the Medical College of Ohio with rank as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Health in the School of Allied Health. He is the Assistant State Surgeon for the Ohio Army National Guard, Adjutant General Office. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from St. Peter's College in New Jersey where he graduated magna cum laude in 1974. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee in 1978, and his Master's degree in public health in 1982 from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Sippo is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Aerospace Medicine Association, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the Toledo/Lucas County Academy of Medicine. He is the Chairman of the Credentials and Privileges Committee for the Ohio Army National Guard and a Life Member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Dr. Sippo has also testified regarding his evaluations under Worker's Compensation in the state of Ohio. He has given lectures on topics such as medical case management, transitional work programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He also has lectured widely in the United States and England on religious topics including a modern assessment of Martin Luther, the theology of gender, the biblical portrait of St. Peter, Catholic apologetics, and the Ten Commandments. He has publicly debated Protestant controversialists on Justification, Baptism, and other topics. He is the primary author of Case Management is a Wise Approach for Injured Workers, (Dr. Arthur Sippo) Published in the Toledo Business Journal, September 1993., Vol. 9, No. 9, pages 16 & 20; Anthropometric Considerations of the US Army IHADSS, (Sippo AC, Licina JR, Noehl M.), USAARL Letter Report 88-10-4-5, US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, May 1988; Determining Aircrew Helmet Size Design Requirements Using Statistical Analysis of Anthropometric Data, (Sippo AC, Belyavin AJ), Published in Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, January 1991, Vol. 62, No. 1, pages 67-74. Dr. Sippo is married and has 3 children.
Pete Vere offers our team some muscle in the area of canon law. As a Catholic writer, canonist and apologist, Pete is widely publicized in a number of Catholic journals and magazines, including frequent appearances in Envoy Magazine, Challenge, The Interim, The Bread of Life, Lay Witness, Roman Replies & CLSA Advisory Opinions, and The Wanderer. Pete's work has also appeared in such Catholic publications as Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Southern Renaissance, the National Catholic Register, CLSA Convention Proceedings, New Covenant, and St. Catherine Review. He has also appeared on EWTN, MSNBC, and numerous Catholic radio programs. He is also the author of many books, including:…and… Pete Vere was born and raised in Sudbury, Northern Ontario. His reversion story from the SSPX schism is told in Patrick Madrid's Surprised By Truth 3. He was the youngest licensed canon lawyer in North America when he obtained his ecclesiastical licentiate and civil Master's Degree in Canon Law from Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. Pete is married to his college sweetheart, Sonya. They have four children, and hope God will bless them with more in the future. When not engaging in canon law or apologetics, Pete and Sonya volunteer with the International Order of Alhambra - a Catholic fraternal organization dedicated to assisting the mentally and developmentally challenged.
Jerry Beckett received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN. After two years of professional computer hardware design, Jerry moved to software and has spent the remainder of his career designing and implementing both commercial and federal software applications. His professional software projects have included educational, game, national defense, medical, and (currently) custom banking software and web applications. Jerry became interested in Catholic apologetics and Church history 20 years ago, and has assembled quite the library of Catholic books, periodicals, and other publications. He is currently pursuing a Master of Theology degree (M.Th.) at the University of Dallas. Jerry and his wife, Lynda, were married in April of 2007, and they currently live in Dallas, TX. When not found toiling away as 's webmaster, Jerry occupies his timeIf not engaged in one of the above activities, Jerry can be found on his knees praying that Notre Dame stops sucking at football. Jerry designed and implemented the new website for for free, because there is no charge for Awesomeness.
With Lynda, trying to whittle away the number of items on the "Honey Do" list she has prepared for him.
Doting on his new daughter, Maria Rosa Guadalupe (born April 30, 2009)
Tearing up the highway in his 5.7 liter Hemi-powered Challenger
At the gym, pumping the serious iron