I'm one of 13 children whose parents provided 200 years of Catholic education. 11 of us attended Notre Dame or Saint Mary's College, one went to Marquette.
Graduating in 1990, I entered the Congregation of Holy Cross seminary. When I left two years later, the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles left me stranded in a bus station in downtown Phoenix. I remained in the Valley for 4 years. It was there that I met my wife.
After teaching theology for 3 years in a Jesuit high school, a stop at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) equipped me with a masters degree in philosophy.
I then spent 17 rewarding years at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, IN as a philosophy professor, director of campus ministry and vice president. Today I work for Notre Dame Federal Credit Union.
Margy and I have now been married for over 20 years and blessed with beloved five children. I've had cancer three times and have been chronically ill for the past 13 years.
I consider it my vocation to extend warm hospitality to anyone seeking friendship and conversation either in person or electronically.
If you wish to hear a summary of my philosophy of life in 93 seconds, Fr. John Riccardo explains my position perfectly.