I have come to see my role as that of a a scholar-practitioner. In all that I do I seek to harness the creative energy that emerges from the intersection between my professional and academic training in Theology and Ethics and my personal practice of silent meditation and contemplative prayer. The vision that guides my work is “to create space for transformation,” and my mission is to inspire others to participate in their ongoing process of change and growth for the common good of all. I am particularly interested in connecting the interior work of personal transformation with the external work of institutional and social transformation in pursuit of justice and the common good.
Over the years I have found that my best creative work – whether as a writer, a teacher, a spouse, a parent, or working with clients – emerges when I am intentionally connected to and inspired by the following eclectic mix of traditions and practices that make me feel connected me with God, with the universe, and with those whom I love:
- The Sacraments and liturgy of the Church
- Christian Contemplative Prayer/Centering Prayer
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Theological Literature focused on History, Spirituality, and Ethics
- Creative Fiction and Humanistic Literature
I recently began a new position as associate professor of Theology and Christian Ethics at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, where I am also assistant director of the Ashley-O’Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership.
As an Oblate of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, I remain spiritually connected with the Benedictine monks and sisters of St. John’s Abbey and St. Benedict’s Monastery , who first introduced me to mindfulness meditation and contemplative prayer. I am also a commissioned presenter on Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., and I was recently honored to join the board of trustees at the Trust for the Meditation Process in 2015. I live in St. Louis, MO, with my beautiful wife, Anna Marie, and our three children – Sean (7 yrs.), Audrey (5 yrs.) and Frances (2 yrs.).
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deepest hunger meet.
- Frederick Buechner
Below are some of the organizations with which I have conducted workshops, retreats, or consultation: