Saturday, April 17, 2010

Purpose for this Blog?

There is one reason I have decided to start a blog: I want to get my manuscripts published, and I was advised that starting a blog might help me achieve that end.

I have thought on and off about the possibility of beginning a blog, but it was never a serious consideration until now. To me, it just seemed as though
blogging was fuelled by pride, as though people perceived this need to be heard and to have an audience. Furthermore, I had a lot of other things on my plate (which I believed to be more important). Finally - and here is my silliest reason - I have a strong aversion for and knee-jerk reaction to anything that becomes "the latest fad" or "the 'in' thing". My father jokes, "if it was up to you, we'd all be knee-deep in a river washing our clothes with a scrub board". Of course, he is being facetious, but the sad thing is, I think there is something therapeutic and spiritual about some of "the old ways". Anyway, I digress . . .

I changed my mind about blogging after having run out of potential Catholic publishers (I have been turned down by 20 so far). I joined the Catholic Writers Guild online in the hopes that they might be able to help me. One suggestion given to me (among the many good ones I received) was to begin a blog. From there, I was told, I might be able to get enough "recognition" that a publisher might take interest. I was working out with my reporter-friend recently, and I picked his brain about the place and value of blogs. He said to me, "with the internet the way it is today, if you're good and you want to get published, you will eventually be recognized and you will get published".

So, here I am!!

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.