Around 1900, my family moved to Colorado Springs from Fort Collins. Seven of my siblings still live in the area. I studied Math and Physics at the University of Idaho; living in the loft of my aunt and uncle’s barn made college very affordable. While in college I spent two years struggling through RCIA and finally entered the Catholic Church. A few years later I entered St John Vianney seminary and began my long journey towards the priesthood. I am very happy with my first assignment here at St Paul’s.
1.Why did you decide/what influenced you to become a priest?
I’ve wanted to be a pastor since I was in 2nd grade. My journey to priesthood has had many twists and turns, but throughout I have been drawn to the extraordinary way that God reconciles people to himself.
2. What is your life/Catholic philosophy?
2 Corinthians 5: 17 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. 18 All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also. 19 Our message is that God was making all human beings his friends through Christ. God did not keep an account of their sins, and he has given us the message which tells how he makes them his friends.
20 Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God himself were making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ's behalf: let God change you from enemies into his friends!
3. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being a priest allows me to witness many of the amazing things God is doing in people’s lives.
4. What do you find are your biggest occupational challenges?
I’ve been challenged by the unending variety skills I’ve needed as a priest. Public speaking and liturgical functions can be demanding, but I also engage in some counseling conflict resolution, advising on moral issues, praying with families in crisis, visiting hospitals, serving on the boards of community organizations, parish finances, school operations, some legal activities, and diocesan ministries.
5. What footprint are you hoping to leave on our world?
[I’m not sure I have a good answer to this question. I am, in truth, a shy introvert.]
I hope to leave people with a sense of the deep joy that overflows from the Gospel.
6. Other hobbies, interests?
I am fascinated by plants. I hate animals—but I never succeed in convincing them of this simple fact. I am not an adrenaline junkie (I am very happy with a cup of tea and a good book), but my family is forever dragging me out on adventures: I can ski, rock climb, backpack, mountain bike, and we tease about swimming the English Channel. I lived in Rome for a year. I am currently listening to Bach’s Oratorios, which is a monumental task. I’ve read Beowulf more times than I can count; Much Ado About Nothing brings me to tears of laughter every time; John Dunn is often in the back of my mind while I preach, and I think everyone should read Cry the Beloved Country.