Meet the Team
Lucy Honner, CRC
Director of the Regnum Christi Spirituality CenterView Bio
Lucy Honner came on board as the director of the Regnum Christi Spirituality Center in January 2013. She is originally from Adelaide, South Australia where she worked professionally as an architect. In 1997 she felt drawn to dedicate a year of service to the Catholic Church through missionary work with Regnum Christi in the United States. The following year Lucy experienced God’s call to dedicate her life to serving Christ and others as a consecrated member of Regnum Christi. She received her degree in education and religious sciences, and since 1998 has exercised her apostolate as a speaker, spiritual director and retreat director for Regnum Christi throughout North America, including Washington DC, Minneapolis, MN, Atlanta, GA, Denver, CO and San Jose, CA. She currently resides in Washington D.C.
Fr. John Bartunek, LC SThD
Author and Creative Director of Product DevelopmentView Bio
Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, Inside the Passion, the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer. His most recent books are Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, and Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions. Fr. John currently resides in Michigan where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org.
Business Manager & AccountingView Bio
Jennifer Meyer joined the team in October 2013. She holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA, both from Cleveland State University. From 2001-2002, she volunteered with Regnum Christi at the Irish Institute in Rome, Italy and Queen of the Family Retreat Center in Oxford, MI. After completing both degrees, she worked for Ernst & Young LLC, as a Financial Auditor, and later, for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, as a Financial Analyst. In the summer of 2013, she relocated to Atlanta, GA with her husband and their two daughters.
Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC
“Ask a Priest” Editor and ContributorView Bio
Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC, teaches theology and Scripture at Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, RI, and serves as chaplain at Overbrook Academy in Warwick, RI. He holds degrees from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut, the Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum in Rome, and Northwestern University in Illinois. He is a past assistant publisher of the National Catholic Register and Faith & Family magazine, and a past editor of the English edition of the Zenit news agency. He has written for the rcspiritualdirection.com and ePriest.com. He has worked in spiritual retreats in the Northeast, New England, the Midwest and the South, and done mission work in Mexico. Born in Philadelphia, he worked in journalism and was active in the pro-life movement before entering the novitiate of the Legion of Christ in 1992. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2001.
Production ManagerView Bio
Deb is the newest member of the team. Residing in Columbus, Ohio, she and her husband, Rick, have been married for over 30 years. They have five children – three of whom are grown and working. Deb has a degree in Accounting from Miami University and worked in public accounting until she became a full-time mom. She has been an active member of Regnum Christi since 2001, most recently serving as Section Director for the Central Ohio Women. Deb is involved in her parish and various other volunteer activities. She enjoys biking, reading, cooking, golf, and pickleball.
Fr. Nikola Derpich, L.C., S.Th.D.
Online Classroom Manager & ContributorView Bio
Fr. Nikola Derpich, L.C., S.Th.D., was born in California to a Croatian-American family and received a BA with a double major in Computer and Information Sciences and Literature with an Emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1989. He worked in the computer industry for seven and half years as a technical support engineer and a technical writer. He entered the Legionaries of Christ in 1997, making his first vows in 1999, and received B.A.’s in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He was ordained a Catholic priest on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 2006, and continued his studies, receiving an S.T.L. in Theology in 2008 and a S.Th.D. in dogmatic theology in 2015. Since ordination he has worked inRegina Apostolorum as U.S. Enrollment Coordinator of the School of Bioethics, as theology instructor inOur Lady of Thornwood (Thornwood, N.Y.), Mater Ecclesiae College (Greenville, R.I.) during which he was also chaplain for Overbrook Academy, and Regina Apostolorum. As a Legionary he was a contributor toSacerdos magazine from 2000-2006, writing the column Priests of the Twentieth Century. Since 2017 he has been Associate Pastor at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Cumming, GA and spends the Fall each year in Rome, Italy, where he continues to teach theology as a professor at Regina Apostolorum. He wrote the liturgy blog Finding the Plug for RCSpirituality from 2015-2018, and is now the manager and contributor for the RCSpirituality Online Classroom.
Fr. John Pietropaoli, LC STL
Fr. John Pietropaoli , LC was born in Malone, New York. He entered the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, in September of 2000. He subsequently studied Classical Humanities in Cheshire, and completed his studies in Philosophy and Theology in Rome, Italy. He was ordained a priest on December 15, 2012, and completed a Licientiate Degree in Spiritual Theology in Rome in 2014. He is currently serving as the chaplain at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, Virginia. Along with writing Retreat Guides, RC Essays, he also an author of Homily Packs at ePriest.com.
Operational ConsultantView Bio
Dianne and her husband, Jerry have been married over 30 years and reside in Cape San Blas, Florida. They have 2 adult children and 2 grandsons. Dianne graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a degree in Accounting and worked in public accounting in the Birmingham area for over 25 years before relocating to Florida. She has been an active member of Regnum Christi since 2003. Dianne is involved in her parish as a volunteer in several capacities including serving on the parish leadership team. In addition to time spent with family, Dianne enjoys most water-related activities; especially, sailing, fishing, paddle boarding, and kayaking.