D. Min. – Mt. Angel Seminary (in progress)
M. Div. – Seattle Pacific Seminary
BA Comparative Religion – University of Washington
Years of teaching
Board certification in healthcare chaplaincy
Mental Health First Aid certification
Permaculture Design certification
I am a former Protestant pastor and hospital chaplain. Having been intent upon understanding the history and the nature of the persistent divisions among the Christian faithful across the centuries, and through the continuing study of Scripture, the Fathers, the Doctors, and the Councils, I came to prayerfully and joyfully embrace both the fullness of the Church’s sacramental life and the Catholic Magisterium as the sign and guarantee of unity in and fidelity to the apostolic faith. Glory to God!
Favorite school activity
In elementary it was recess; in middle school, Spanish; in high school, it was art; in college, it has been reading theology and philosophy; as a teacher, it is leading seminars.
I’ve done many worthwhile things in my life. Many of them, had I known in the first place how difficult they would prove to be, I would not have endeavored to undertake. In that way (and not others), I think I have a lot in common with Bilbo Baggins. I highly doubt he would have left Bag End had he known what danger awaited him outside the Shire. He had no way of knowing how his trials and triumphs would play such a crucial part in a much larger story of valor and redemption. Each of us will have our own crosses to bear, and one, five, or ten miles down the road, it may seem much heavier than when we first shouldered the load. My hope is that I can play a small part here in the lives of young people, such that they may learn to understand their own joys and struggles in the larger story of God’s plan of salvation, in and through his covenant people.
For a chuckle: “Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.” – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
And now, more seriously:
“We live in a sensate age. We are no longer governed by Faith, we are no longer governed by reason. We are governed by feelings.” – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
“Freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.” – Viktor Frankl
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.” – Jesus of Nazareth (1 Jn. 5:3)
“The salvation of souls… must always be the supreme law in the Church…” – Code of Canon Law, can. 1752