This is me. (Don’t worry, the baby on my back is Amos and his head hasn’t fallen off yet.) I am an ordained priest in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. I’m more comfortable in yoga pants and a sweatshirt than vestments, but I love ritual and poetry and liturgy and prayer. Everything I see and hear has the potential to become prayer, and I find that to be most true when I’m in nature.
I have three kids. They keep me busy and they remind me what it means to be human, though they are proof to me that we are born spiritual beings.
I grew up in the Roman Catholic church and was powerfully influenced by its Sacraments and various strains of mysticism. I attended Marquette University and there the Jesuits helped to ground my faith in reason and social justice. I received my Masters of Divinity at an ecumenical seminary, Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where the wider world of Christianity opened up to me. After Seminary I served the wonderful community of Sts. Clare & Francis as their Associate Pastor for seven years.
Lately, I’ve pulled back from my busy church life to go deeper into my own soul journey and to parent. But the prayers still come to me and the rituals infuse my days even though I don’t offer them to a worshiping assembly. So, this blog is an attempt to channel my liturgical ideas and creativity for the benefit of my colleagues still in the throes of parish life. I also reflect on my own unfolding story at The Altar of Her Life, so please visit me there sometime.