Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish in Foxfield, CO.
A little about me is that I come from a fairly big family of four older brothers and one younger sister. I was born in Omaha, Nebraska. At six years old my father’s work took our family to a small town in Michigan otherwise known as Menominee. Menominee is a town in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Green Bay. I enjoyed the many blessings of growing up in a small Midwestern town. Some of those blessings were the opportunity to practice our Catholic faith, have a family life, develop close friendships, get an education, play sports and enjoy the beaches of Green Bay and water sports on the Menominee River among many other outdoor activities.
I dreamed of playing college football, but especially of coaching college football for most of my life up until about the time I was twenty-one years old. I decided to go to Central Michigan University (CMU) to study teacher education especially the emphasis of Business education. I always enjoyed business and I was always interested in teaching at the secondary education level (grades 7-12), so Business education was a way to get the best of both worlds, and for me an exciting backup plan to college football coaching.
I was a walk-on to the football team at CMU, eventually earning a scholarship. I enjoyed playing college football, but for me it was more about putting myself in better position to get involved with coaching at the college level. My junior year I had a conversion to Jesus, or what some would call a reversion considering I was a cradle Catholic, which is another way of saying I was baptized Catholic as an infant. I call it a conversion, because although I had received all of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation), I never really had a personal relationship with Jesus up to this point. I was living less than a holy life. After a powerful encounter with Jesus, maybe like a St. Paul falling off the horse kind of experience, on a random late winter day of my junior year I then began to realize that God loved me unconditionally and I would say at this point of my life I started to have a personal relationship with Jesus. I started to pray the rosary, and then Mary led me to her Son in the Eucharist, so I started going to daily Mass and adoring Jesus in Eucharistic adoration. I started reading Sacred Scripture too. The graces of baptism that were lying dormant for so much of my life, began to be activated and Jesus was becoming more and more the Lord of my life. From this relationship sprang, what up to this point in my life was never a thought conceived in my mind, the possibility of becoming a priest. I started to nurture the call through prayer and frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
I eventually graduated in December of 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Business education. At this point I thought the Lord was inviting me to consider studies at the seminary to discern the priesthood, but instead I made a last ditch effort to run from this idea. I took a college football coaching job in May of 2005 at Saginaw Valley State University. I lasted about 2 months because I couldn’t keep running from the voice of the Lord’s call to the priesthood. In the middle of July, about two weeks prior to the season starting, I decided to leave coaching and begin my studies at the seminary in the Fall of 2005. I never looked back and was ordained June 3rd of 2011. My first assignment was as the chaplain at Northern Michigan University for two years. Then I was assigned parochial vicar for a year and half in Baraga County, Michigan before relocating, with permission, to the Archdiocese of Denver. For the last two years I have been serving as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Foxfield, Colorado.