Hailing from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, I received my bachelor's degree in history with a minor in theology and religious studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. After receiving a commission in the United States Army through Georgetown University's ROTC program, I served for over 8 years in the Army Reserve and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard attaining the rank of captain. While an Army Reserve officer, I deployed to Baghdad in 2008 with the 11th Psychological Operations Task Force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following my return from Iraq and several years of prayer and discernment, I decided to apply for the seminary. I spent one year in priestly formation as a seminarian for the Diocese of Harrisburg and studied philosophy and theology at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. That year brought me to an immeasurably important two-fold realization. God was not calling me to be a priest, but He was calling me to serve Him in His Church for the rest of my life.
After I left the Mount, I was blessed to spend four years working in youth and young adult ministry as well parish religious education. I served as the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at Saint Katharine Drexel Church in Mechanicsburg, PA for two years before taking a position at my home parish of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton as the youth and young adult ministry director and coordinator of the parish Confirmation and vacation bible school programs.
In 2014 I moved to State College to be with my wife as she was pursuing her PhD. I was hired as the Campus Minister and Theology Teacher at Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy, a new Catholic high school near Penn State. I am currently completing a master's degree in theology and Christian ministry through Franciscan University of Steubenville as I work on polishing off several papers and articles for publication in various theological journals and other outlets.
Forever indebted to Catholic radio and new media for helping me to grow in my own faith, I am delighted to be the creator and host of "The Ever Ancient, Ever New Show", a bi-weekly youth and young adult themed radio program airing on AM720 WHYF, Holy Family Radio (check out the Facebook page: click here). I split my time between the EAEN Show and "The Gracious Guest Show" podcast, and I don't know which one I love working on more! Finally, I try to write as frequently as possible on my blog and to occasionally speak on a number of topics at parish and diocesan events.
Most importantly, I am the proud and blessed husband of Kristine and father of Noelle, our beautiful little gift from God. Thanks for reading all of this and I look forward to keeping in touch with you!