Who We Are


Brian Rhude

Brian Rhude serves as the Assistant Director of Summer Programs and Formation for the Lay Apostolate. A two time counselor for Light the World!, Brian is happy to be returning to the program in the capacity as Program Director. 

Brian received his Associate of Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI in 2016 and will receive his Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies with a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2020. Brian was present at the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment as a member of the press through his work with the Catholic Apostolate Center in Washington D.C. where he serves, part-time, as the Project Coordinator. In 2019, Brian was one of two representatives from the United States to the Post-Synodal Forum on Young People that was hosted by the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life. 

Brian has been a member of the National Advisory Team for Young Adult Ministry to the USCCB since the Summer of 2019, is a speaker, presenter, and writer on the local and national level on various topics including vocation, discernment, and spiritual accompaniment, and serves as a music minister in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. 





Susan Timoney, STD

Dr. Timoney serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Theology & Religious Studies.

Susan M. Timoney received her Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in 1997. She focused on Christian spirituality and the feminine dimension of discipleship. Following her studies, Susan served as vice-president of a lay education and formation program called Education for Parish Service which hosted programs in five dioceses in the United States and in the Archdiocese of Rome, Italy. Susan was appointed Assistant Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of Washington in 2010 and served as Assistant Secretary and Secretary until her appointment as Associate Professor in 2018.  Susan began teaching as a lecturer in 1998 in the undergraduate theology program and in 2016 was appointed an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

Susan is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the fields of evangelization and pastoral leadership serving on numerous board of directors including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington,  The Catholic Apostolate Center, The Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC, The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, Rome and the Catholic Information Center.




Our team of undergraduate CUA counselors are some of the most faith-filled, outgoing, and fun students from across the country. The counselors study a variety of majors at CUA and perform at the highest levels. They are very excited to meet, guide, and walk this journey of faith/culture with the youth they encounter.

To meet our 2021 counselors, click here.





School of Theology and Religious Studies

Light the World! is housed in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA. This provides access to internationally renowned theologians who are faculty members that serve as advisers to the program. Additionally, these theologians present on the academic connection of faith and art, sports, business, science, and politics during Light the World!





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The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and as the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops. We are privileged to have CUA as host for our Light the World! Institute as our participants get to be in the heart of our nation’s Capital with the comforting and unique experience of a college campus. CUA provides a foundation of faith, fellowship, and academics making it a natural home for Light the World!