I was born a “cradle Catholic” in upstate New York. After attending Catholic schools through high school, I enlisted in the Air Force in 1959.  Afterwards, I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Mechanical - Nuclear Engineering.

In April,1962, I married Rose, the greatest blessing and treasure in my life. We’ve been married 56 years and we have three children and six grand-children.  In 1985, we move from New York to Phoenix, where we live today.

During my working career, I specialized in the development of capital project management programs and risk assessments. Over a period of nearly five decades, I served as manager of a wide range of projects, from design / construction, plant and system commissioning and startups, plant uprating, the development of maintenance, operating and training programs. I retired from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold,  

At Polaris Mine, North Pole, Jan 1999

Inc. in January 2010.  Since then, I’ve served as a consultant in the management of capital projects and have led several project risk assessments.

The course of my life began to change considerably in 1999, when I entered the Kino Institute, a catechetical education institute operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. I began in biblical studies and have been engrossed in Scripture ever since. I was fascinated by how much we gain from Scripture study when the passages are placed in the historical context in which they were written.

In 2001, I entered formation for the permanent diaconate and by the grace of God was ordained a deacon in November, 2006. I have been serving at Blessed Sacrament parish in Scottsdale, AZ ever since. Also, I’m currently the Asst. Director of Deacon Personnel for the Diocese of Phoenix.

Ever since my first exposure to Scripture interpretation, in 1999, I have been engaged in extensive biblical studies, most especially in Middle Eastern Biblical Anthropology.  In my professional career, I frequently served as a meeting facilitator but was only occasionally called upon to teach. But, in my ministry years, I’ve found teaching to be one of the most 

Matthew 28 Conference, 2018

challenging yet inspiring things I can do. This is especially true for those who seek a deeper understanding of Scripture and the Catholic faith.