Our Advisors

Fr. Barry Harmon, Our Chaplain

Fr. Barry Harmon is the Pastor of Mother of Dolors, our home parish in Vandalia. He has been a great supporter of OSMM and our apostolate as a Betania community. He was named Chaplain of OSMM in October 2015. We are grateful for his advice and support.

Fr. Barry celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination in May 2015. He has served in various parishes and as a Director of Spiritual Formation for men training for the permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Springfield. 

Fr. Chad Ripperger

Fr. Ripperger is a well known speaker on the topics of spiritual warfare and exorcism. He holds multiple advanced degrees in theology and philosophy.  We are blessed to host his retreats at OSMM and he has become a friend and an advisor for our ministry.

Fr. David Hoefler 

The Very Reverend David Hoefler serves the Diocese of Springfield as Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia. He was ordained May 25, 2002, and served at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield as parochial vicar, parochial administrator and then as pastor. In his next assignment, he was named dean of the Effingham Deanery and pastor of St. Anthony Parish and Sacred Heart Parish in Effingham and Annuniciation Parish, Shumway.  He was named Vicar General in 2014, replacing Msgr. Bishop-elect Carl Kemme who was named head of the Wichita diocese.

Fr. John Titus

Fr. John Titus is pastor of Immaculate Coneption Parish in Mattoon, IL and chaplain to the Newman Center at Eastern Illinois University.. Fr. John is a constant source of support for us and is a valuable advisor for all of our questions and concerns. 

He previously served as pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, Charleston; Chaplain of EIU Newman Center; St Michael the Archangel, Sigel; St Mary of the Assumption in Neoga, St Aloysius in Springfield and chaplain at St. Anthony Hospital, Effingham and to the Sisters of St Francis of the Martyr St George in Alton. Fr John is a native of Mattoon, a 1978 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and received a Masters of Divinity from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Springfield in 1989. 

Sr. Susan Pieper, AIL

The community of the Apostles of the Interior Life was founded in Rome, Italy in 1990 by Father Salvatore Scorza, a priest of the Diocese of Rome. Its members are consecrated women who are dedicated full-time to spiritual direction and evangelization. Their spirituality is priestly as it comes from the contemplation of Christ the Priest and His work of mediation. The Apostle adheres to this and collaborates in this in virtue of her baptismal consecration and her taking the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They desire to love Christ and that which is dearest to His heart - that is, His salvific mission. They privilege above all the means in which He realized His mission during those years of apostolic life in Palestine, through His preaching and His personal encounters. One of the episodes that inspires the community is the conversation that Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Thanks to this encounter, the woman recognized in Jesus the Messiah and becomes in her turn a missionary among her fellow villagers, inviting them to meet the Lord. 

The Charism and the Rule of Life of the Apostles of the Interior Life was approved by the Diocese of Rome in 1996.


Fr. Timothy Byerley

Father Timothy Byerley, Ph.D., is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey and Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Mrs. Maria Esperanza de Bianchini (Servant of God) He is also part of the directorship for the Betania Foundation. OSMM became a part of the Betania Foundation when it was accepted as Betania XVI by Señor Geo, husband of Maria Esperanza in 2011.

Fr. Tim is the co-founder and director of Collegium Center for Faith and Culture, an organization in the Diocese of Camden that conducts various works of Catholic evangelization. His book, The Great Commission, published by Paulist Press is based on his doctoral dissertation from Fordham University’s School of Religion and Religious Education, serves to elucidate the history and role of Catholic evangelization efforts. He is in residence at Holy Eucharist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ.