Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Overland Park, KS where my family belonged to Cure of Ars Parish. I'm the oldest of three kids- I have a 32-year-old brother named John, and a soon to be 29-year-old sister named Kelly. I went to Rockhurst High School where I played football and basketball, and then I went to KU for college. At KU, I was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and majored in history. I eventually became pretty active at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at KU.
After graduation, I worked for two years, spending one year working at the St. Lawrence Center and another year teaching sophomore world history and helping to coach football and basketball at St. Pius X High School in North Kansas City. I then went to seminary at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis for six years and was ordained in May of 2015. I spent the past four years serving as associate pastor of St. Michael the Archangel parish in Leawood, KS and as chaplain of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park.
What are you most looking forward to during your time at Didde?
I wouldn't be a priest today if it wasn't for the solid campus ministry I encountered at St. Lawrence, and so working in college ministry is something I've wanted to do since I was ordained. I'm looking forward to all of campus ministry in general. I know that is a lame answer and not very specific, but it is true, I'm very excited to be.