I was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois in 2006 at the age 69. After graduating Saint Johnís University, New York, B.A. ( 1965) and M.A. (1967) in English I taught a year of high school and a few years of college at Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Virginia and Kansas State University where I pursued, but did not complete, a doctoral program in English. In 1972 I returned to New York where I entered business and held various managerial responsibilities over several years, marketing, public relations and retail sales and began my own small retail business. During these years I dabbled in theater and politics, worked for a Congressional campaign ( 1974) and later for my own candidacy for New York State Senate in 1978 and lost. I began studies for the priesthood at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut where I received an M.S. in Divinity (2005), was ordained and moved to Rockford, Illinois. I am in a continuing process of life advocacy, writing, teaching, speaking and family counseling. I reside in Saint James Parish, 535 Caswell Street, Belvidere, Illinois 61008.
Would it surprise us to hear that the happiest people in this world are those who join the suffering of others to their own? We can be bands of brothers and sisters in the Lord when we allow others to unite their suffering with ours and ours with theirs in his promise that he will be with us not only here but in the world to come.
Date posted: 2015-01-25
"Speak Lord, for your servant is listening", said the prophet. Listening should be the better part of our relationship not only with God but with each other. Husbands and wives, listen to each other. Brothers and sisters, listen to each other. Friends and adversaries, listen to each other.
Date posted: 2015-01-23
We can never really appreciate the horror Jesus endured just living in this "vale of tears". Like an innocent child who knows no sin and is suddenly confronted with naked evil we can picture the indescribable horror on a child's face, the terror and fright in his eyes which Jesus felt In his soul. Over time, however, the horror in an ordinary child's soul diminishes and becomes a familiar encounter with sin: pride, anger, envy, cruelty and the indifference of others, a limitless list of sins he observes until he is desensitized.
Date posted: 2015-01-14
The truth be told, none of us knows the consequences of his beliefs and decisions. Mary and Joseph were not aware of the trials they would face together in the days and years ahead, having and caring for a son who in their case was the Son of God. They did not consider the adverse consequences as God bid them to have and raise a child as God bids all married spouses.
Date posted: 2015-01-04