About

I grew up in rural western Pennsylvania, have lived in central New York state and southern West Virginia, and now live in central Minnesota. I work at Liturgical Press (but this is a personal blog related to the writing I do on a freelance basis; nothing I post here is intended to reflect the positions or policies of Liturgical Press or Saint John’s Abbey).

I am the author of

My articles have been published by 

  • America
  • Commonweal
  • Our Sunday Visitor
  • Sojourners
  • U.S. Catholic
  • The Priest
  • The Catholic Answer
  • Religion Teacher’s Journal
  • and more.

I also do some translation work from Italian, including these books: 

I earned my STB at the Gregorian University and my STL in sacramental theology from The Catholic University of America. Prior to coming to Liturgical Press, I worked as executive director of two nonprofit agencies which serve people living in poverty in Mingo County, West Virginia. Having lived in quite a few places, central Appalachia remains my favorite place on the planet.

I live with my wife and our 7 kids (though two are now out of the house) in Albany, Minnesota, just a few miles from Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville.

Regarding talks to groups or organizations,  there is info here and a nice article about a recent talk I presented here.

And now, for fun:

Favorite books (nonfiction): This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein; The 4 Percent Universe, by Richard Panel; Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwyne; Theological Dimensions of the Liturgy, by Cypriano Vagaggini; Man and His Problems in the Light of Jesus Christ, by Rene Latourelle; Option for the Poor and for the Earth, by Donal Dorr; The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day

Favorite books (fiction): A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley; The Shining, by Stephen King; Hunted Past Reason, by Richard Matheson; The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene

Favorite movies: The Scent of a Woman, The Godfather II, The Descendants, Everybody’s Fine, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Favorite songs: Wham!’s “Everything She Wants,” Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl,” U2’s “The Sweetest Thing,” Loggins and Messina’s “Danny’s Song,” REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You,” Colbie Callait’s “Brighter than the Sun”

Favorite saints: Dorothy Day (she will be), St. Gianna Molla, St. Philip Neri, Bl. Oscar Romero, Bl. Dina Belanger, St. John Paul II, St. Martin de Porres

Favorite places: Mingo County, West Virginia; Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; Piazza Navona, Rome

Favorite foods: spaghetti carbonara, eggplant parmigiano, crepes with Nutella, and “fair food” (fried dough, sausage sandwiches, kettle corn, etc.) — all such healthy stuff!

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