Proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine…But you be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.
—2 Timothy 4:2-5
Like many Catholics, I was raised in a home that prayed the rosary nightly, went to Church weekly and on holy days of obligation, attended a public school for my academic education and C.C.D. for my education in faith.
After serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, I attended Modesto Junior College and then Humboldt State. After college I earned my teaching credential and began teaching in Catholic Schools, starting at St. Stanislaus Parish School, in Modesto.
After teaching 8th grade for two years at St. Stanislaus Parish School, in Modesto, CA, I was asked to begin an Adult Education & Evangelization program. Two years later I finished my Masters in Theological Study at the Franciscan School of Theology, in Berkeley, and returned to teach in Catholic schools. I have taught Biblical Literature, Church History, Moral Theology, Sacraments, Social Justice, Christology and World Religions.
In 20I5 I accepted a teaching position at Stanislaus Military Academy, an alternative education school in Stanislaus County. I earned my Administrative Services Credential in 2017 and am now the Assistant Principal at Crowell Elementary School, in Turlock. I live with my wife, Jill, and two sons, Mark and Luke, in Denair, serve as a Deacon at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, and offer retreats, missions, and talks in various diocese.
My passion is teaching Catholics why it’s not just okay to be Catholic, but fantastic to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the Catholic community! I teach how to explain our Catholic Church’s teachings and, most importantly, what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the Church He started! Please consider inviting me to your parish to share this “pearl of great price” with your parishioners.
One night in a vision the Lord said to Paul, “Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. ~Acts 18:9-10