Meet the Authors

The conceptualization, creation, and writing of the Fully Engaged materials is a collaborative endeavor of many people:

Most Reverend John F. Kinney, Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, for initiating and supporting this project.

Christine Codden, Director of the Office of Marriage and Family for the Diocese of Saint Cloud, MN, and president emeritus of the National Association of Catholic Family Ministers (NACFLM), who spearheaded and served as content advisor and editor.

Advisory Board for Content and Implementation:

  • Monica Beumer, Psy.D., L.P.
  • Fr. Thomas Knoblach, Ph.D.
  • Fr. Steven Binsfeld, M.Div.
  • Fr. Anthony Oelrich, Ph.D.
  • Rich Codden
  • Fr. Robert Rolfes, J.C.L.
  • Fr. Marvin Enneking, J.C.L
  • Deacon Richard Scheierl, M.Div.
  • Norm and Judy Hansen
  • Deacon Vernon Schmitz, M.Div.
  • Thomas Klecker, MSW, L.P.
  • Theresa Wyburn, J.C.L.

About the Primary Authors:

Jim and Maureen Otremba have been married since 1995. They have both been stay-at-home parents (part-time) since 1999. Jim is the owner of the Center for Family Counseling, Inc. in St. Cloud, MN where he provides Christian counseling. Jim also provides Catholic coaching through He holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. John’s University and a Master’s in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota.

Maureen is the Pastoral Minister at Sacred Heart Church in Sauk Rapids, MN, where she, Jim, and their three children are members. She holds a Master’s in Theology from St. John’s University and has an extensive background in teaching, offering workshops and adult faith formation opportunities. Jim and Maureen served on the three-year task force for St. Cloud Bishop John F. Kinney’s pastoral letter, Marriage in Christ: The Sacrament of Faithful, Lifelong Love (1999). Over the last decade they have enjoyed offering many workshops for married couples, deacons and their wives, and other groups. For more information, go to:

Layout and Design:

Barbara Simon-Johnson, Saint Cloud Diocesan Office of Communication

Software Development:

Tim Welch, Saint Cloud Diocesan Office of Catholic Education Ministries