Founder of Vianney Vocations
Sam has worked in Catholic communications for over twenty years, serving hundreds of parishes, schools, and dioceses. As a seminarian for the Diocese of Savannah, and then as vice-president of a Catholic communication company, he saw the need to bring new energy and vision to promote vocations. He founded Vianney Vocations in 2009 to serve Vocation Offices and offer high-quality vocation resources. Sam edited the influential books To Save a Thousand Souls and Discerning Religious Life, and has developed many other vocation resources used in Catholic schools and parishes. Sam has degrees in English Literature and writing from Berry College and also attended Franciscan University of Steubenville. He lives in Tallahassee, FL with his wife Michele and their children and attends St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral parish.
Joshua is an expert in Catholic vocations, having worked closely with more than forty Vocation Directors since 2010, particularly on communication strategies. He is our primary webmaster and also handles e-newsletters and digital promotion for many dioceses and religious orders. Joshua brings over 15 years of experience in print design and production and over 20 years of experience in computer and web technologies. After two years of study at Purdue University, Joshua dedicated four years to discerning a priestly and religious vocation with the Fathers of Mercy in South Union, KY. During that time, he earned a BA in Philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum. Joshua lives outside of Lafayette, IN, with his wife Beth and their six children.
Matt handles numerous aspects of the operations at Vianney Vocations, including editing, publications, and book design. Matt came to Vianney Vocations in 2015 with a background in journalism. As a newspaper sports editor, he covered athletics and handled writing and design for the sports section of the Statesboro Herald in Statesboro, GA. His previous pastor, Fr. Brett Brannon, is the author of To Save a Thousand Souls, and introduced Matt to the Vianney Vocations team. Matt loves working with holy priests and religious from across the country, and is grateful for the opportunity to help young men and women discern God’s call. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Georgia Southern University. Go Eagles!
Social Media Manager
Beth is an active participant in the Catholic online community, managing Twitter and Facebook pages for Vianney Vocations since 2011. After being Confirmed in 2003, she spent time discerning religious life, talking with and visiting religious communities, when she heard the call to marriage. She is passionate about using social media to reach the faithful, to stir hearts to consider God’s call in their lives. Beth lives in an 1877 farm house outside of Lafayette, Indiana, with her husband, Joshua, and their six children, whom she homeschools. In her spare time, she likes to cook and bake, travel, and (as a native Michigander), she follows the Tigers and Red Wings.
Graphic Design / Project Manager
New to Vianney Vocations, Robert is a talented graphic designer and video producer who brings over ten years of professional media production and management experience to his work. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Culture from Indiana University, with a focus in rhetorical and media studies, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, with a focus in the Catholic philosophical tradition. Previously Robert has served as the Digital Media Coordinator and Assistant Director of Communications for the Diocese of Burlington, and has worked with both Catholic and secular organizations in a freelance capacity as 3Wing Pro Media. He is grateful for the priests and religious who have guided him throughout his life, each in their own unique and loving way.
Customer Relations / Shipping Manager
Since 2012, Genevieve has managed our day-to-day shipping operations, ensuring that customers are happy and receive their orders on time. She also handles the distribution of seminarian posters, bulletin inserts, and event promotion materials. Her warm personality and attention to detail make her a favorite in the office. Before working at Vianney Vocations, Genevieve was a pre-K teacher in a Catholic school for 14 years. She and her husband Mark have three college-aged children, one of whom is a full-time Catholic missionary. She attends St. John the Evangelist in Valdosta, GA, where she works with the High School youth group.