Meet the IRL Staff

Our dedicated staff is here to help you! Please feel free to call us during our office hours - 9:00am to 5:00pm CST, Monday - Friday. Or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jeff Karls

Executive Director

Jeff was President of Magdalen College (now Northeast Catholic College) for 13 years. Currently, he is the Principal of Blessed Trinity School in Lodi, Wisconsin, and Vice-President of the Orate Pastoral Liturgical Institute. Jeff is married and is the father of ten children.

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Rev. Thomas Nelson, O. Praem.

National Director

Father Nelson is a priest of St. Michael's Abbey in Silverado, California, a community of Norbertine Canons. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

Anne Tschanz

Anne is a graduate of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and worked for 22 years with the IBM Company before joining the staff of the IRL. In addition to working in the IRL office, she is a contributing writer for Religious Life magazine and has also authored a book titled, A Spiritual Pilgrimage to France.

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Rev. Brian Mullady, O.P.

Theological Consultant

Father Mullady O.P.,  is a nationally known Dominican priest, Retreat Master and Teacher. He has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

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