Helen Alvaré is the president of the Chiaroscuro Institute. She is a Professor of Law at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, where she teaches and writes in the areas of family law and law and religion. She is a consultor to Pope Francis’ Pontifical Council for the Laity, a consultant for ABCNews, and the Chair of the Conscience Protection Task Force at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. She co-authored and edited the book, Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak For Themselves, which was released Fall 2012. Professor Alvaré received her law degree from Cornell University and her master’s in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America.
Meg McDonnell is the Executive Director of the Chiaroscuro Institute. She was a recipient of a full time Robert Novak fellowship in 2011, for a project titled “Marriage and Young Adults: Understanding the Struggle to Get to ‘I Do.'” Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, National Review Online, The Public Discourse, Acculturated.com, MercatorNet.com (an Australian web based magazine), Verily Magazine, Conscious Magazine, The International Business Times, CatholicVote.com, AltCatholicah, Our Sunday Visitor, Family Foundations, and other secular and religious news outlets. In 2013, She was named one of FOCUS’ (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) 30 under 30 young Catholics. She is an alumna of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN with undergraduate degrees in Catholic Studies and Psychology, with a minor in Theology, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching.
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