Sebastian grew up in Perth, Ontario and moved to Collegeville, Minnesota after high school where he earned a BA and MA in Theology and History from Saint John’s University and School of Theology. He taught at the university and prep school for one year before moving back to Ontario in 2011.
Since joining Salt and Light
as a producer and correspondent, Sebastian has covered a number of major events in the Catholic Church, including the 2012 Synod of Bishops
on the New Evangelization, the 2013 papal transition
, and the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops
on the Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization. He has also written, produced and directed such distinguished Salt and Light productions as The Church Alive
, a 13-part series on Vatican II and the New Evangelization that won the 2014 Gabriel Award for best religious television series, and The Francis Effect
, a widely-acclaimed documentary on how Pope Francis is rapidly changing the Catholic Church.
Sebastian’s current projects include: overseeing the production of a catechetical series based on the final document of the 2014 Synod; the production of the official catechetical videos for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 2015, and the writing, producing and directing of a new Salt and Light documentary series on refugees in the 21st century (release date to be determined).
His love of history is evident in his approach to contemporary questions about the Catholic Church and its relationship to the wider society. In particular, Sebastian enjoys studying the Second Vatican Council and the writings of the recent Popes from Saint John XXIII to Pope Francis.