Who We Are

Program Coordinator 

Contact our program coordinator at lighttheworld@cua.edu.


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.



Thomas Clemmons, PhD

Dr. Clemmons serves as the faculty advisor for Light the World! Summer Institute.

Thomas Clemmons, a native of South Florida, is assistant professor of theology in Church History. Dr. Clemmons joined the STRS faculty in 2016 after completing his Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from Notre Dame, where he focused on Latin Patristics, early medieval theology, and Augustine. He also holds an M.A. in Early Christianity from Notre Dame and an M.T.S. from Vanderbilt. Dr. Clemmons’s teaching and research interest focus on Latin Patristics, Augustine, particularly his thought through the Confessions and his anti-Manichaean works, Late Antiquity, especially in North Africa, and the medieval reception of Augustine.






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.





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!