Hugh Owen

Founder and Director of the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation

Hugh Owen is the convert son of Sir David Owen, a former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Secretary General of International Planned Parenthood Federation. Hugh attended Princeton University where, at the age of 18, he was baptized, confirmed and made his first Holy Communion in the Princeton University Chapel on the Easter Vigil, in 1972.


Hugh’s wife Maria was a member of the first class of women at Princeton. She and Hugh were married in 1973 and Maria made her profession of faith in the Catholic Church in 1975. Hugh received a B.A. in honors in history from New York University, and a M.S. in education in supervision and administration from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. He also received a permanent license to be a principal or superintendent of schools in the state of New York. Between 1977 and 1991, Hugh worked as a teacher and administrator of several independent schools and served as a school evaluator for the Middle States Association and as a member of the executive committee of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.


For the past 15 years, Hugh has dedicated his life to the service of the Church as a writer, editor, teacher, and lecturer. Hugh has written numerous books and articles on Catholic and secular topics. His books and articles have been published by the Catholic Distance University, Human Life International, Seton Home School, The Apostolate for Family Consecration, Latin Mass Magazine, and many other publications. For thirteen years, Hugh served as the director of religious education for St. John Bosco Parish in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He is currently the director of the John Paul II Institute of Christian Spirituality and the founder and director of the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation in Mt. Jackson, Virginia.




Timothy J. Murnane, P.E. 

Timothy J. Murnane is a professional engineer with 41 years experience with the Rohm and Haas Company and has a BS and MS degrees in Structural/Civil Engineering from Villanova University as well as metallurgical engineering education from Drexel University.  He is the recipient of numerous professional awards during his distinguished career for technical excellence and significant contributions to Rohm and Haas.

Mr. Murnane’s professional training has led to his life study and interest in issues related to Intelligent Design vs. Evolution.  He has pursued master’s level course work in molecular biology, paleontology and geology from the Institute for Creation Research.  Mr. Murnane believes that a general knowledge of scientific advances supporting Catholic teaching on God’s creation is necessary for the new evangelization so urgently pursued by John Paul II and now Benedict XVI.   


Tim’s Catholic lay initiatives include:

 Founder of The Philadelphia Catholic Forum, a Catholic speaker’s apostolate from 1987 to 1992
 President of the Marian Consortium of Cathoalic Lay Organizations in Philadelphia, 1992-1993
 Principal Author, Catholic Catechesis for a New Evangelization, Sept. 1992
 Chairman, Stand Up for Life annual Pro-life dinner, 2001 to 2005
 President of the Board, St. Francis Xavier Archdiocesan Grammar School, 2004-06
 Chairman of the Board, Regina Coeli Academy, 2007 to present.
 Organizer, Evolution: The Untold Story, a conference for Catholics outlining the science behind Intelligent Design and the interest of Catholic leaders – Oct. 2009.

Topic:  Adam & Eve: Evolution and Intelligent Design


The obvious design inherent in nature has both scientific and theological implications.  This presentation will touch on both of these aspects.  Evolution is a theory in crisis and evidence showing that the Darwinian mechanism for evolution is no longer plausible will be presented.  Since Design in nature is an ancient “proof” of God’s existence and since Darwinists insist that evolution does not need a God to create life and its complexity, the Catholic Church has great interest in the Design vs. Evolution controversy.  We will discuss why some feel that this is a crucial issue to people of faith in our modern era while demonstrating that design in nature and an evident designer who Christians know as the God of creation is the only conclusion that an unbiased thinker could deduce from the evidence.