I’m a 56 year old married Christian, father of four and grandfather of three. For about the past twenty-five years, I’ve been a member of my local Roman Catholic parish, where I have served, at various times, as: lector, extraordinary minister of holy communion, catechist, adult Bible study leader, parish council member, and member of several other of the committees and ministries that tend to dot the parochial landscape. I am enrolled (via distance learning) in the Master of Arts in Theology & Ministry program at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
I’m currently employed as an IT professional by a large pharmaceutical company, at which I’ve worked (under some corporate incarnation or another) for close to twenty years. I’ve earned a B.S. (Information Technology w/ Business minor) from UMass (Lowell), and a Project Management certification from Boston University. I’ve earned the PMP certification from the Project Management Institute on multiple occasions over the years – I get them when I need them, and then let them expire rather than feeding my time and money into the recertification machine. I also have a pile of dated technical certifications from various networking technology vendors.
My intellectual interests begin with the Word of God in Sacred Scripture, extending through other areas of theology, including its cultural expression, which – depending on how rational and articulate the theology is – we call either religion, ideology, worldview, orientation, or values . I’m also interested in many areas of philosophy and cultural criticism, history and political thought, law, language, music, and economics. I have little interest in most of the social sciences – especially psychology, which I see as largely a fool’s errand – and I am frankly contemptuous of the reductionist materialism that unfortunately permeates the sciences in general.
I am deeply and explicitly Catholic in my worldview, and most people would thus consider me a staunch social conservative. My social and political concerns are rooted in a revulsion at the relentless encroachment of the progressive nation-state into all areas of personal and community life – especially its alarming interference in the realm of the family, most notoriously its advocacy for the debasement of marriage and the murder of pre-born children, as well as with the overall denigration of the role of father, both within the family and within society.
My personal interests, in a sense, are defined by a radical idea revealed in the doctrine of the Incarnation: that everything which is not false is at least potentially as weighty as eternity. God’s breaking-in to human history has sanctified creation, and thus makes it possible for us to know history itself as the theater of our encounter with Him. As dull as my own mind is, I’m also somehow aware that every experience is pregnant with grace and the redemptive power of holy joy; that every moment of my life is ripe for Christological encounter, if only I could mange to heed the urgent plea of the Apostle Paul, as he wrote to the Colossians: “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col 3:17, RSV)