Who We Are

We are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

Our vision is a network of well-formed missionary disciples who feel confident and comfortable sharing their faith with others.

We are working to build a network of motivated Catholics equipped to bridge the distance between Jesus and those who are distant from Him. Today, we feel this distance acutely, even with our neighbors, friends, and those next to us in the pews. Preambula Group forms Catholics to enter this unknown and often uncomfortable space with the formation, community building, and relevant messaging that will embolden them to encounter, engage, and accompany others into relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Mission

We form Catholics to become missionary disciples in the third spaces of today’s culture.

We know that Jesus is calling us to make disciples; we have heard the Church and our Popes echo this throughout the years, especially recently. Preambula Group recognizes that the “how” is the tough part. We seek to increase the capacity of Catholics to “get involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives . . . no matter how difficult or lengthy this may prove to be” (Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel), so that they can reach those standing at a distance from Jesus and His Church.

Our Strategy

Our strategy is to form Catholics in four steps of engagement: how to go out, how to receive others, how to remove obstacles, and how to accompany the seekers who respond to our witness.

The work of the New Evangelization requires experimentation, collaboration, and endurance. Catholics must learn how to respond effectively to the religiously unaffiliated, especially their most pressing needs and desires. Missionary disciples understand how best to spark curiosity and spiritual awakening in others. With Pope Francis, we desire, “a Church that goes forth,” and a network of people who are unafraid to overcome the greatest cultural barriers to invite others to a life lived in the fullness of Christ.

preambula

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Preambula is taken from the Latin phrase Praeambula Fidei, which refers to the seeds of faith God has planted in the human heart. Our goal is to cultivate those seeds of faith and help them grow. Preamble also comes from the Latin, ambulare, which means “to walk.” Pre-ambula indicates what happens before one can walk in the Way of Christian faith. It speaks to the importance of the work of pre-evangelization, that ministry which disposes people to hearing the Gospel message of salvation in Jesus Christ.

Our Staff

PRESIDENT & CEO

Michel Therrien, STL, STD

One of the Church’s leading moral theologians, Michel is the President and CEO of Preambula Group. He leads with both intellectual depth and pastoral realism, cultivated by his experience as a seminary Dean, the Dean of the Augustine Institute, and as President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Envisioning a network of well-formed missionary disciples who feel confident and comfortable sharing their faith with others, Michel founded Preambula Group in 2019. He creates and leads formation opportunities, oversees development, and with the Board of Directors, engages the community in their financial support for the mission of Preambula Group. Michel resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife, Lynn, and their four children.

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DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Sarah Jimenez

With a heart for planning and organization, Sarah says, “the love is in the details” and works behind the scenes at Preambula Group to help everything run smoothly, coordinating fundraising strategies, communications, events and programs, databases, and media. During her five years’ administrative experience in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Sarah had the opportunity to work across various aspects of ministry including evangelization, Catholic education, young adult outreach, and leadership development. Sarah holds a B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College in California and an M.A. in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver.

Board of Directors

BOARD CHAIRMAN

Ed Gill

Ed Gill is President & CEO of True Image Interactive, a Pittsburgh-based technology company that develops Conversational Virtual Assistant and Human Avatar solutions for clients across numerous industry sectors. With over 30 years of technology, retail, consumer products, and consulting experience, Ed is also responsible for day-to-day company operations, serves on the Board of Directors and is a member of the company’s ownership group. Prior to joining True Image, Ed was a Managing Director at Accenture LLP where he led the Operations Workforce Optimization (OWO) team within Management Consulting. The OWO group was formerly H. B. Maynard and Co. and was acquired by Accenture in October 2007. He joined Maynard in 1992 after spending five and a half years with Procter and Gamble. Ed earned his B.S. Degree in Business from Miami University (Oxford).

He is actively involved in several other non-profit organizations, serving on the executive committee and board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, and the board of advisors of Family Guidance. Ed has also been involved with the Coalition for Christian Outreach for many years.

Ed and his wife Kelly met at Miami University (Oxford). They are members of Saints John & Paul Parish and reside in Wexford, PA, where they raised their two daughters, Lauren and Olivia. Lauren is a marketing and social media professional living and working in Jersey City, and Olivia is an actress living and working in Los Angeles.

PRESIDENT & CEO

Michel Therrien, STL, STD

One of the Church’s leading moral theologians, Michel is the President and CEO of Preambula Group. He leads with both intellectual depth and pastoral realism, cultivated by his experience as a seminary Dean, the Dean of the Augustine Institute, and as President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Envisioning a network of well-formed missionary disciples who feel confident and comfortable sharing their faith with others, Michel founded Preambula Group in 2019. He creates and leads formation opportunities, oversees development, and with the Board of Directors, engages the community in their financial support for the mission of Preambula Group. Michel resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife, Lynn, and their four children.

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BOARD DIRECTOR

Mimika Garesché

Mimika is a spiritual director, retreat leader, speaker, coach. She has worked in leadership development and spiritual formation for many years.
BOARD TREASURER

Donald J. Lovre

Don currently serves on Pastoral Council, and is a small group participant, Christian Men’s Fellowship and Knights of Columbus member in his Parish. Professionally, Don has worked for three international medical device companies.
BOARD DIRECTOR

Joshua Karabinos

Joshua offers 20 years of experience leading or contributing to organizations in the both the private and not-for-profit sectors. His background offers particular value to the mission of the Preambula Group. Having offered Consulting for Dioceses and individual schools, developing a ministry directed at marginalized youth, as the former Director of Marketing at the Augustine Institute, and seven years serving the Archdiocese of Denver in roles such as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer.
He resides in Lakewood, CO with his wife Tina and their son Kilian.
BOARD SECRETARY

Stacey Cuba

Stacey is a wife and mother of three daughters, serving as co-leader of a Catholic girls club, facilitator of a marriage small group, a mentor for engaged couples, and a regular volunteer at her parish. Professionally, Stacey works in nursing and medical sales.

As a nonprofit organization, Preambula Group relies on your support. We believe that everyone deserves lifechanging integral formation, accompaniment along the way of Christian discipleship, and missionary motivation without concern for the cost of programming. Our work is only possible through the support of our generous benefactors. You are as much a part of this team as we are.