Daniel Meola, Ph.D.
Retreat Leader, Presenter, and Small Group Leader
Daniel Meola is an adult child of divorce who earned his Ph.D. in Theology of Marriage and Family from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. While studying at the Institute, he helped faculty and other experts create Recovering Origins, a unique pastoral initiative to heal adult children of divorce. He has been leading Recovering Origins retreats since 2015 in the Archdiocese of Washington, and in 2018 he founded the Life-Giving Wounds traveling retreat team to spread Recovering Origins around the country.
Dan has over fifteen years of experience running retreats and giving presentations to various groups, including for youth, young adults, engaged couples, and families. He currently works at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. where he facilitates evangelization and catechesis events for people of all ages. He and his wife, Bethany, have been married since 2011 and live in Bowie, MD, with their daughter Zelie-Louise. They are members of Teams of Our Lady, an international marriage apostolate.
Michael Corsini, MTS
Musician and Presenter
Michael Corsini is a husband and father of five. It’s this vocation that gives life to everything he does. Michael is an artist, musician, speaker and retreat leader. He believes that his mission is to help people experience the powerful love of God through an authentic encounter with beauty.
Michael is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design and has a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. He also spent five years as a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Michael is a gifted worship leader and has led music for thousands of holy hours, masses and retreats for nearly two decades. He has worked in post-abortion healing ministry for many years, as well as many other kinds of healing retreats. Michael has recently released his second worship record and is completing a large altarpiece depicting the vision of Our Lady of Mt Carmel at Fatima.
His music and art can be found here: www.michaelcorsini.com.
Sarah Hart, MTS
Presenter and Small Group Leader
Sarah Hart grew up in Boston and is an adult child of divorce. She graduated from Christendom College with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. After Christendom, she spent a year in the Dominican Republic as a missionary teaching catechesis, English, and piano classes, as well as running youth groups and Bible studies among other ministries.
Following her time in the Dominican Republic, Sarah continued her studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C., where she received a Masters of Theological Studies. Sarah taught third grade at St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, MD for four years. During that time, she met her husband, Dan. She is now a stay-at-home mom to their two sons. Sarah has a passion for ministry and is open to serving the Church in whichever way the Lord leads. She is graduate of the Recovering Origins retreat and has participated on the Life-Giving Wounds retreat team as a presenter and small group leader since 2016.
Fr. Jim McCormack, MIC
Retreat Priest and Small Group Leader
Fr. Jim McCormack, MIC, is a priest for the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and an adult child of divorce.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and a Master’s degree in the same subject from Stanford University. After graduate school, he moved to Colorado, where he worked seven years for Hewlett-Packard and skied every month of the year for seventy consecutive months!
His first sense of a priestly calling came in graduate school, but he ignored the call for nearly six years. During that time, he was engaged to be married, but his fiancée broke off their engagement six months before the wedding. It was at that point that he decided to take his original calling more seriously. On a pilgrimage to Italy in 2002, while praying in the Holy House of Loreto, he received the grace to follow the Lord’s invitation to become a priest.
He eventually entered the Marian Congregation and was ordained to the priesthood on July 10, 2010. He later earned his licentiate in Rome in the Theology of the Consecrated Life. He now serves as novice master, prefect of formation, provincial councilor and local superior at the Marian house of studies in Washington, D.C.
Lacy Prebula, MTS
Presenter and Small Group Leader
Lacy Prebula was born and raised in Hagerstown, MD. The two biggest events of her childhood were her parents' divorce when she was seven years old and her conversion to the Catholic Church during high school. She was received into the Catholic Church as a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park. Lacy started working in ministry right away by volunteering for retreat teams, the RCIA team, Bible study groups, etc., and she was hooked! After college, she attended the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.
During graduate school, Lacy became friends with her future husband, Tony, and they married in 2011. After graduation, Lacy became a Director of Religious Education, a position that she worked in until 2018 when she left to work at the brewery she opened with her husband Tony called Saints Row Brewing. Besides working at the brewery, Lacy stays home with her daughter, Pia. Tony and Lacy are excited to have another baby on the way. Lacy credits much of the healing from her parents' divorce to her time at the John Paul II Institute and her work with the Recovering Origins/Life-Giving Wounds ministry. She is honored to be on the retreat team and to have this opportunity to share Christ's healing with others.
Dr. Jill Verschaetse
Presenter and Small Group Leader
Dr. Jill Verschaetse is a wife, mother, and licensed clinical psychologist. Although much of her work is currently at home, focused on mothering her own young children, she continues to do part-time work through psychological consultation and speaking engagements. Her main research has focused on identity development in women – particularly their bridal identity and the ways in which this identity can become disordered as a result of wounds from families, the culture, and sin. Her work stresses the importance of healthy family bonds for proper development.
Dr. Jill is also a child of divorce and a graduate of the Recovering Origins Retreat. Through her own experience on retreat as well as God’s action in her life, she has come to know God as Mercy, and His particular solicitude for children of divorce. She is honored to be a part of the Life-Giving Wounds Retreat Team and prays daily that the (often hidden) wounds of divorce be transformed into the very means of healing, salvation, and light for souls everywhere.