Born: Alameda, CA, USA
Joined the Missionaries:
Entered formation: August 1999
First Incorporated: June 26, 2002
Ordained: May 20, 2006
What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
I grew up in a Precious Blood Parish (St. Barnabas). In many ways I fell in love with the Spirituality first. I was an active member of the parish, and became a Companion (lay associate). The other piece for me is the relationship I had with the men over the years. I remember Fr. John Klopke, C.PP.S., growing up, who I always remember as a very human/very funny man. Others over the years who influenced my joining would be C.PP.S. Frs. Gary Luiz, and Jeff Keyes.
What is your current assignment?
I currently work in Provincial Administration. I am the Provincial Secretary and a member of the Provincial Council. I assist our Provincial Director in doing the work of administering the Province. One unique element of my ministry is the translation. About 1/3 of our Province lives in Latin America, and I assist with the communication that flows between Dayton and Latin America. I also do what we call “sacramental supply” ministry. I am not assigned to a particular parish, but go to a number of different parishes to celebrate Eucharist.
What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
The most challenging element of my current assignment is riding a desk. Every morning I remind myself that what I do enables and assists all of our other Missionaries to do the ministry they do.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Hands down the most rewarding thing I get to do is celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Because I am available, I get asked to help with Reconciliation at High School retreats a lot. Hearing Confessions is always an honor and a humbling experience, but on retreats, these young men and women have had a chance to reflect on where God is calling them to Conversion in their lives and relationships. It is such an honor and a grace that I get to be there for those young people.
What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
Before I discerned my call, my plan was to eventually open and operate my own restaurant. I enjoy cooking and love taking care of people. So for about eight years after college, I worked as a restaurant Manager. I’ve worked every position there is in a restaurant.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Sitting on the porch and reading, Archery, movies.
Although sometimes, the best thing to do is nothing.
Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Lawrence the Deacon, Patron Saint of Chefs, mostly because he was a bit of a snark.
St. Maximillian Kolbe, because of his incredible bravery.
Hagia Photini, she’s an Orthodox Saint. We know her as the Woman at the well. The Orthodox honor her as a saint and “equal to the Apostles”
What is your favorite prayer?
The Jesus Prayer
Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
What is your favorite:
These are tough to answer.
Book: The Narnia Chronicles: Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.
Food: I’m a fan of Breakfast: Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs with gravy, oh and crispy potatoes.
Departures is a wonderful Japanese film I stumbled on a few years ago.
House of the Flying Daggers is a visually stunning Kung-Fu movie.
Spanglish, the last line of the movie is amazing.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) although the boat scene is really creepy.
A Christmas Story “You’ll shoot your eye out”.
Holiday: Thanksgiving, it is the one holiday that we all (in the USA) celebrate together. Oh and Black Friday is an abomination!
TV Show: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. At one point in my life I wanted to own my own restaurant, and these are the kinds of places I would have wanted to operate.
How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling – I see no reason to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.