A project of the National Catholic Committee for Trail Life USA


The Catholic Trail

About the National Catholic Committee of Trail Life USA

The National Catholic Committee of Trail Life USA is composed of representatives from each region of the country and is advised by several members of the clergy. The National Catholic Committee hopes to develop regional Catholic committees in 2015.

All involved in the Catholic Committee's work find merit in the methodologies first popularized by Robert Baden Powell, yet each also believes that a rugged outdoor adventuring program cannot claim to instill virtue, foster character, and teach leadership without also remaining faithful to the traditional teachings of the Church.

Current members of the National Committee include:

Deacon Dominick Azzara

Deacon Dominick is a Vigil Honor member. He has worked with the Nashville Catholic Committee on Scouting for over 25 years and upon his ordination 15 years ago began serving as its chaplain. He is a Bronze Pelican and St. George honoree. A native of New York, he was stationed at Fort Campbell as an Army Officer in the late 60's. After leaving the service, he continued to live in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he pursued a career in nonprofit management before joining his parish staff. Deacon Dominick has worked for the Church for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in the scouting movement dating from his childhood. He has worked at summer camps as a counselor, Commissioner and Program Director. He has held leadership position at the pack, troop, post , district and Council levels. He and his wife have three adult sons and two grandsons. Four of his sons have been involved in scouting from Cubs through Exploring. Two of his sons attained the highest rank recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, and three of his sons were inducted into honor society of the BSA.

Katherine Eames

Katherine has served as president of a mortgage bank and is a trained teacher of the Billings Ovulation method of Natural Family Planning. A Byzantine Rite Catholic who home-schooled her two youngest children, she has been active in Washington state's Show the Truth, 40 days for Life, and the West Coast Walk for Life. Katherine is a Saint George honoree for her seven years of service to the Seattle Archdiocese Catholic Scouting Committee, and she has trained youth for Catholic religious emblems programs awarded for Byzantine Rite and Roman Rite Catholics. As a 1994 founding board member of Seattle's Northwest Catholic Family Education Conference, Katherine served over 10 years as Chartered Organization Representative of NWCFEC sponsored BSA Units, including a Troop, Crew and Sea Scout Ship, programs in which her own children excelled. She became active in the formation of Trail Life USA as early as June of 2013 and has also served in a leadership capacity with the American Heritage Girls troop WA-1946. She and her family have adopted and gentled two wild mustang horses. She also enjoys travel, motor and sailboating, sacred music chant and polyphony.

Julia Foggasy

Julia is the mother of nine children, grandmother to twenty-three, and since 1994 the owner and operator of a successful business, Our Father's House. She home-schooled her six youngest children, and her youngest son achieved the highest rank recognized by the Boy Scouts of America. Julia became active in the formation of Trail Life USA as early as June of 2013 after having chaired the Religious Activities Committee of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting from 2007 through 2013. She is a St. George honoree for her years of service chairing the Seattle Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, and she is an experienced trainer of youth in Catholic religious emblems programs. Julia is active in her parish as instructor of those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and as leader of the Baptism Team. Her commitment to toiling in the vineyard is further evidenced by the fact that she enjoys both teaching and gardening.

Richard Mathews

Richard Mathews is the General Counsel for Trail Life USA and the former legal advisor for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting Executive Board He is an Eagle Scout and is the former General Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America, where he served for 11 years. Richard is an attorney focused on ministry non-profit corporations and employment law in Texas and serves as the general counsel for Trail Life USA. He is a member of the Michigan and Texas Bar Associations and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits. Richard earned his law degree at the Drake University School of Law in 1983. He also earned a Master of Laws degree in Employment and Labor Law from Wayne State University in 1993. He received his undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1979. Richard serves on the Board of Directors of Human Life International and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the St. Thomas More Society, the Cardinal Newman Society, the Christian Leadership Alliance and the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Laura, have been married for 30 years and active in parish life at St. Maria Goretti parish in Arlington, Texas.

Steven Mueller

Steve is an Instituted Acolyte and Lector in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He and his wife, Joyce, have been blessed with 7 children, 6 of whom are boys. Steve's father achieved the highest rank recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, and 16 of his descendants -- including Steve and his 4 oldest boys as well as Steve's son-in-law -- did the same. A St. George honoree, Steve's experience in the scouting movement has included Wood Badge Leadership training and service as troop Chaplain and Scoutmaster. He and his wife attended the inaugural convention of Trail Life USA in Nashville, and he is working to launch the first Catholic-chartered Trail Life USA troop in Houston. Professionally, Steve is a Project Management Professional and supervisor of the programming staff of a global oil & gas services and manufacturing firm.

Chip Souser

Chip is a Program Management Professional (PgMP) and Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Fortune 20 IT company where he leads an Enterprise Program Office. He is also the owner of Souser Training Group, which specializes in first aid/CPR training and outdoor training. Chip is a Saint George honoree for his ten years of service to the Arlington Diocese Catholic Committee for Scouting and Campfire [and American Heritage Girls (AHG)]. He is the trainer for the committee and the Trail Life USA representative to the committee. Chip served for over 13 year in various capacities within the local BSA Council, including Council Training Chair and Wood Badge Course Director. Chip participated in the 2013 Louisville meeting to begin organizing Trail Life USA, as well as the inaugural convention in Nashville that year. He is a husband and the father of three children, two of whom achieved the highest rank recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, and one of which is a Patriot in AHG. Chip and his wife, Anne, are AHG leaders in Troop VA-1115 and were presenters at the 2014 AHG National Leadership Conference. You may contact Chip via e-mail to chip.souser@gmail.com.

Stu Nolan, Committee Chairman

Stu is troopmaster of Our Lady of Guadalupe Troop 1212 in Front Royal, Virginia. Stu participated in the 2013 Louisville meeting to begin organizing Trail Life USA, as well as the inaugural convention in Nashville that year. He is the founder and managing attorney of LegalWorks Apostolate, PLLC, and is chairman of the WitnessWorks Foundation for a Culture of Life. He received his law degree from Catholic University of America and his undergraduate degree from American University. Stu is general counsel to the Catholic Radio Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Human Life International. He is a fourth degree member and a past grand knight in the Knights of Columbus. Stu and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 20 years and are parents to five children, four of whom are sons. They are active in parish life at St. John the Baptist parish in Front Royal, Virginia. You may contact Stu through his office at WitnessWorks.

The Catholic Trail

National Catholic Committee
of Trail Life USA
c/o WitnessWorks Foundation
for a Culture of Life

4 Family Life Lane
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Tel 540.622.8070
Fax 540.622.2247