Born: Shelby, OH
Joined the Missionaries: 1978
What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
The gifts (charism) and men serving at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Cleveland, Ohio. One man stood out for me, Fr. Ed Novotny, C.PP.S.
What is your current assignment?
I am currently the Parochial Vicar of 4 parishes in Ohio served by the Missionaries – St. John the Baptist, Glandorf; St. Michael the Archangel, Kalida; St. John the Baptist, Continental; St. Peter & Paul, Ottawa.
What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Being able to NOT be selective of one parish over another. Trying to remember the names of the parishioners is a real problem for me.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Being able to share the Good News through my Sunday homilies.
What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I was a student when I joined the Missionaries – I began at Brunnerdale High School Seminary.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
- Reading and studying business and economics.
- Playing golf
- Watching sports – especially all my Cleveland pro teams.
Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
I am impressed with St. Padre Pio, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. John Paul II, and St. John XXIII.
What is your favorite:
Book: The Restless Heart by Ronald Rolheiser
Food: Filet mignon – medium rare
Movie: Brian’s Song
TV Show: West Wing
How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
What is your favorite prayer?
Seven Offerings of the Precious Blood
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.