Ivan has been in the ministry over forty years, providing retreats & workshops in nine dioceses, and 100+ parishes.
Ivan holds a BS in Administrative Management & Psychology; an MA in Counseling; an MA in Religious Studies with a focus on scripture; and a Doctor of Ministry degree, with a focus on scripture. The title of his Doctoral work is: “Empowering Parents to Raise Christian Children.” He has done extensive research on effective models of family catechesis.
A significant portion of his doctoral studies included Interfaith dialogue; Christian, Jewish and Islamic relations. A course on Christology included use of the Quran and the OT & NT, taught by Christian and Islamic professors. A review and study of the sacred writings of world religions made a significant impact.
Current & past experiences have included:
• Corporate Executive: Responsible for all Corporate Administrative Offices and 1/2 of the Marketing Offices
• Administrator of a Retreat Center
• Parish Retreats, Missions & Workshops, Deacons and Wives-3 Dioceses
• Liaison to the Archbishop of Hartford, CT for the Charismatic Renewal
• Diocesan Director of Religious Education, Youth and Young Adult Ministries and Special Needs
• Speaker at local and national conferences
• Guest Speaker—Topic: Holy Spirit at Congregational, Universalist Unitarian and Buddhist gatherings