Contributors

Our contributors are the most important part of Come and See. Bishops, priests, and enthusiastic lay people form a team of devout, knowledgeable writers. Get a study and see for yourself.


Archbishop Michael Byrnes STD — studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and taught Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit before becoming the archbishop of Guam. Bishop Byrnes appears in DVDs on The Gospel of Matthew.

Bishop Jan Liesen, SSD — earned a doctorate in Sacred Scripture at the Biblicum, writing his dissertation on Sirach. He was a member of the Papal Theological Commission, and taught at the Rolduc Seminary before becoming the bishop of Breda in the Netherlands. Bishop Liesen is the primary author of Wisdom, and The Gospel of Mark, and appears on several DVDs.

Father Joseph Ponessa SSD — earned a doctorate in Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and is the primary author of The Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John, Genesis, Moses and the Torah, Acts and Letters, David and the Psalms, Prophets and Apostles, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel, and Exile and Return.

Monsignor Charles Kosanke STD — studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and taught Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He was the rector of Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan, and is the primary author of Isaiah.

Monsignor Jan Majernik STD — a native of Slovakia, was ordained by Pope Saint John Paul II in Rome and earned a doctorate in Scripture from the Franciscan School of Biblical Studies in Jerusalem. He studied biblical archeology at the Hebrew University in Israel and is the primary author of The Synoptics.

Father Andreas Hoeck SSD — a native of Cologne, Germany earned his doctorate at the Biblicum in Rome, writing his dissertation on Revelation. He is the academic dean at Saint John Vianney Seminary in Denver and is the primary author of Ezekiel, Hebrews, Revelation.

Laurie Watson Manhardt PhD — earned a doctorate in Adult Education from the University of Michigan and wrote commentaries on Leviticus, Numbers, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom, Judith, Esther, Romans, Philippians, Galatians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and 1 and 2 Peter. She also wrote the children’s books.

Sharon Doran MA — earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology with emphasis on Sacred Scripture from the Augustine Institute in Denver. She founded the Seeking Truth Bible Study in Omaha. Sharon wrote Judges, Amos, and Hosea, and appears on many of our videos.

Sister Margarita Gomez, RMI — a Claretian sister born in Spain, completed her STL at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and teaches Scripture at Saint Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. Sister Margarita translates our books into Spanish.