Joined: Nov. 17, 2011
I’m blessed to be a forty-something single man living each day by God’s grace. Grew up in Northern, NY state in a rural area close to the Canadian border (due North of Watertown, which is due north of Syracuse). Lived down the road from my hardworking grandparents’ small diary farm. Spent much time on their farm. Also grew up with and learned to ride horses and generally care for animals and live as rural folks do. Music was my predominant passion (drums/percussion) in my teen years. Served in the Navy for 5 years (hospital corpsman—entailed providing patient care at a Naval Hospital oncology ward, then serving as part of a two-man medical department on a Destroyer). By the wonderful grace and mercy of God, converted to Catholicism from agnosticism, entering the Church in 1995. Am a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville (Biology with pre-theology certificate; also took philosophy courses with Dr’s. John Crosby, Michael Healy, and John White), worked for two years for Priests for Life in New York, and then entered the Dominicans (Order of Preachers), St. Joseph Province (aka Eastern Province). Was privileged to be a Dominican student brother studying for the priesthood for a little less than 5 years, studying graduate theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Discerned that God had wanted me to be there for a temporary period rather than for life and departed the Dominican community on good terms in 2008 at the end of my temporary vows. Am very grateful to still be in touch with the excellent men—now Dominican priests—who were my classmates. Moved from Washington, DC, to the greater Philadelphia area in the summer of 08. Taught 7-8th grade for a year at the then-brand new Regina Luminis Academy (a private Catholic school). Worked for a year doing home care for the elderly, and then took a position as Director of Religious Education at St. Norbert parish in Paoli, PA. Am now in my second year as DRE. Was part of the founding leadership team (now Assistant Director) for the Catholic Young Adults of Chester County (CYACC), now approaching two years since we began. Also am recently a member of a band, Paging Samuel, playing percussion/drums. As a convert, my outlook on life now is powerfully influenced by the grace of conversion, having come from the darkness of not knowing if God even exists (and being in a haze about the meaning and purpose of life), to joyously accepting faith in Christ and embracing wholeheartedly His beautiful bride, the Catholic Church. All praise be to God for the great gifts of life, of being a human person, and for faith!
Mar. 12 at 6:38pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Mar. 12 at 9:13pm
It was nice to meet some more PP members recently! Below is a link to an eye-opening article that nicely complements some of the poignant remarks that Alice von Hildebrand made last Friday evening about feminism. The article reveals what a daughter of a famous feminist writer thinks about her mother's point of view after living with the consequences as a child, and shows how she has come to revere and love motherhood and its special connection to being a...
Jan. 31 at 11:22pm | Comments: 0
Thank you, Katie, for a wonderful class this evening! It was a pleasure to meet other students who are blessed to be able to attend this course in person and experience Katie and Jules' gracious hospitality. I mentioned the incredibly gifted violinist Hilary Hahn during class in regard to some very interesting comments I had heard her make in an interview. Below is a link to this video clip. I think you will find her remarks resonate in an intriguing...
Jan. 28 at 2:43am | Comments: 7 | Most recent comment: Feb. 1 at 10:25pm
I would like to attempt to make a teeny contribution toward clearing up at least a small aspect of a way of speaking that results in a misunderstanding about what is meant when some speak about the role of the will in human love. This is inspired, in part, by a post Katie made on the courtship portal, but it's also a topic that has for quite some time been an area ripe for misunderstanding, confusion, and over-simplification. First off,...
Jan. 7 at 1:06am | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment:
Tonight's reading for the reading circle included some of von Hildebrand's thoughts about reverence. As we discussed this, I was reminded of a certain video clip of one of my favorite drummers which is present in that fascinating corner of the internet inhabited by drummers. It's a particular section (part 6) of a mulitple-part interview with the super-talented British drummer, Gavin Harrison. I would estimate Harrison is probably in his mid-40's now. He is a very thoughtful musician. In this...
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