Saturday, April 17, 2010

Qualifications: Education and Curriculum Vitae


Catholic historian Dr. Warren Carroll, who used to post responses for the EWTN Q&A forum, always warned us about websites. He said anyone can set up a website and post anything he so chooses without any critical examination of his sources or arguments. So reader beware!

Thus, I am going to post my “qualifications”, which includes my educational background as well as my curriculum vitae. I would rather not, because as Christians, what is important is not what we do or have done, but who and what kind of person we are. I am always bothered by bios on blogs, websites, books, and conference pamphlets which consist primarily of a list of “accomplishments”, because to me, this means nothing. “How charitable are you?” That is what matters. (1Corinthians 13:1-3) However, since many people put a great deal of stock in this, and since people will be curious, I will post it here.


2009 Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH)
Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry (2009)
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (St. Louis, MO)
Priestly Training (Philosophy, Theology, and Formation) (2002-2004)
Seminarian for the Diocese of Bismarck, ND

Minot State University (Minot, ND)
Bachelor of Science in Education (2000)
Graduated Magna Cum Laude


- President, Catholic Student Association, Minot State (1997-1999)

- Liturgical Ministries (Various): Lector, EMHC, Acolyte, Sacristan, Server (1997-present)

- Works of Mercy: periodically offering Services and distributing Holy Communion, Estevan Assisted-Living Facilities, Estevan, Saskatchewan (2001-2005); Outreach to the Elderly, Sienna Woods Nursing Home, Steubenville, Ohio (2009)

- Works of Service: Missionaries of Charity of St. Louis (After-School Program (2003-04); Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters of St. Louis (Server for Sunday Vespers) (2002-04)

- Founder and Coordinator: The Gregorian Choir of Kenrick, devoted to gathering to sing Gregorian Chant for personal edification, with a view to its popular restoration (2003-04)

- Parish Council: Finance Chairman, St. John the Baptist Parish, Estevan (2004-2005)

- Teacher, Catechism of Christian Doctrine, Grade 7, St. Leo’s Parish, Minot (1998-1999)

- Teacher (Substitute), Estevan Catholic Schools, Various Grades (K-8) (2000-2002)

- Teacher, “Theology of the Body”, John Paul II Bible School, Radway, Alberta (2006-2009)

- Creator and Coordinator: “Theology on Tap: Looking for Love?”, O’Maille’s Pub in St. Albert (February-March, 2007)

- Speaker: “Looking for Love?: ‘Let’s Talk About Sex: Expressing Love through our Bodies’”, (March 20, 2007)

- Creator, Coordinator, and Presenter: “The Bible Exposed: Encountering God through Salvation History” (bi-weekly series), Holy Family Parish, St. Albert, Alberta (October 2007 – April 2008)

- Presenter (one of three chosen) at the annual Franciscan University of Steubenville MA Theology Colloquium for my paper, “Drawing All Men to Himself: A Case for Universal Salvation” (February, 2010) [unfortunately had to decline invite]

- Author: manuscripts An Acceptable Sacrifice: Reforming the Liturgical Reform (2007) and The New and the Old: Implementing Vatican II Anew (2008), submitted upon request to two Catholic publishers (March 2008, July 2009), but hitherto remain unpublished; and Overcoming the World: The New Evangelization as a Love Revolution, partially written (expected to be completed sometime in 2010)

- Author: various articles and pamphlets on a broad range of topics, for a variety of audiences.