Deacon Matthew Halbach, Ph.D. was ordained in 2018 for the Diocese of Des Moines, IA. He is the Executive Director of Catechesis for William H. Sadlier, Inc. and a national author and speaker on the topics of mercy, accompaniment, clergy abuse, evangelization and catechesis. Deacon Halbach is also a member of the USCCB National Advisory Council (2019-2023). He earned his Ph.D. in Catechetics from The Catholic University of America in 2014, and is a reviewer for The International Journal of Evangelization and Catechesis. Deacon Halbach is a husband and father of six children.