I was born in Washington DC and raised in Suburban Maryland in the southern Baptist tradition of my dear mother. During high school (Sherwood, Sandy Spring, MD) God began to tug deeply on my heart through the tragedy of my dad's death, which occurred when I was 9. Initially, I found my way to God's love at a Methodist Church, where I encountered a strongly Evangelical expression of Christianity. At 14, I accepted Jesus as my "personal Lord and Savior." However, I still felt something was lacking in the Church expression I was experiencing. I was hungering for the fullness of Jesus' love. This hunger led me at 16 years old on a retreat sponsored by the local Catholic Church of St. Peter's in Olney, MD. On that retreat, I experienced the richness of Catholic life with its sacraments and symbols; I discovered the importance of the community in helping us stay rooted in Christ's love, and most of all--I encountered Jesus' real presence in the Eucharist. Coming out of that retreat, I was voraciously hungry to learn more about Christ made historically incarnate in the broken but beautiful body of the Catholic Church. On September 18, 1977 (at 17), I had perhaps the happiest day of my life, when I entered the Catholic Church through baptism, confirmation and first communion.
My new found Catholic Faith led me to Mt. St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, where I pursued a BA degree in philosophy and English. After graduation, I went on to teach English for several years in two Catholic high schools (Good Counsel; then, in Wheaton; and Pallotti in Laurel). During my 20s, I struggled mightily with the sense that God was calling me to follow the way of St. Francis of Assisi as a priest. After years of foolishly battling the Lord's will, I entered the Capuchin-Franciscans in 1992. I received my Masters in Divinity from Washington Theological Union and was ordained in 1999; my priestly ministries have included working in a Capuchin parish in Philadelphia, serving as a coordinator for young adult ministry in Philadelphia, and studying Franciscan formation in Rome at the Antonianum. I am currently the director of post-novitiate formation for the Capuchin-Franciscans at Capuchin College (Washington DC). I have also had the chance to serve as a retreat master and speaker at several youth and young adult conferences. The major influences on my spirituality and thought are many, but key heroes of my life include St. Augustine, the desert fathers and mothers, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Therese Liseau, Padre Pio and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.--to name a few. All I can say is GOD is so very GOOD--all the time! I am amazed at what His Merciful Love and so very grateful to be ordained to serve His Church.